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How to Build a Green Home: Best Sustainable Building Materials


Your home is more than just a place to live. It’s an expression of your personality and values. And as someone who cares about the environment, you try your best to minimize your carbon footprint and live your life as sustainably as possible.  

A custom prefab home is the opportunity of a lifetime to build the home of your dreams while minimizing your environmental footprint.  

You can picture it now: waking up in a home filled with beautiful colors, fixtures, and materials that you picked yourself, knowing they’re all as Earth-friendly as you are. That this home, your home, stands as a reflection of your commitment to the environment. 

One of the best ways to make your home Green is to use sustainable building materials. These materials are made from renewable resources and are biodegradable, meaning they will not harm the environment when disposed of properly.  

Sustainable building materials are the future of home building. Read on to find out which sustainable building materials are best for your custom home, as well as several other eco-friendly options that will help you lower your carbon footprint!

Sustainable Building Material Options

Listed below are sustainable building materials that you can incorporate into your custom home so that you live a healthier, more environmentally friendly life in the home of your dreams!

Wood Construction 

Wood construction provides many benefits to the environment, so long as the lumber is sourced from sustainable forestry sources. Sustainable forestry plants new trees to preserve the carbon dioxide-storing capacity of the forest, which in turn helps to mitigate the effects of climate change. Lumber is also lightweight, which reduces the carbon footprint of transporting it to the site. 

Formaldehyde-Free Insulation   

Formaldehyde-free insulation is a sustainable building material primarily composed of recycled glass and paper that does not contain any formaldehyde. It’s an excellent alternative to traditional fiberglass insulation, which may emit high levels of formaldehyde gas and other pollutants. 

Bamboo Floors   

Bamboo flooring is made from fibers of the bamboo plant that are compressed into boards and planks. It’s a sustainable building material that is environmentally friendly, naturally renewable, and biodegradable. It also comes in many different styles, textures, and colours, so it can be tailored to suit any home design! 

Geothermal Heating 

Geothermal heating is a sustainable and environmentally friendly form of heating that works by using the ground’s natural heat to warm homes and buildings. This type of heating is environmentally friendly because it does not produce greenhouse gasses. It also does not use any fossil fuels, which means that it does not release carbon dioxide into the air.  

VOC-Free Paint   

VOC-free paints are paints that don’t contain any volatile organic compounds. They are safer for the environment and healthier for people. Today, there are a variety of VOC-free paints on the market so you don’t need to compromise on colour to keep your home sustainable! 

Enviroshake Roof Shingles   

Enviroshake roof shingles are an eco-friendly roofing material created from a wood composite material designed to mimic cedar shakes and slate shingles. The materials are durable enough to keep your home safe from the Canadian weather, but they are also lightweight and sustainable. 

Recycled Decking Materials   

The use of recycled decking materials is a sustainable way to enjoy the outdoors. You can choose composite decking made from recycled wood, plastic, or rubber, molded to give the appearance of real wood and that will last for years!

More Ways to Build a Greener, More Sustainable Home


Going green doesn’t have to end with the building materials! Environmentally friendly elements can also be built into the systems and fixtures of your custom home, including: 

  • Insulation to R60 in the ceiling and R29.5 in the walls, and full height R20 basement insulation reduce the cost of heating your home in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. 
  • Sealed window and door openings allow for a more energy-efficient home, lowering your monthly utility bills.
  • Super low-flow shower heads and dual-flush toilets maximize the use of your water and reduce waste. 

The benefits of building a green and sustainable home doesn’t show through just the integrity of the home, but the overall feel of contributing to the environment each day by living sustainably. 

Being Green Isn’t Just an Upgrade

Building homes with sustainable materials, along with minimizing waste, are our priority here at Royal Homes. Our factory building process is designed to economize material use and reduce waste. Contributing to the environment by building homes that use recycled and renewable materials is a small initiative that will make a change in our world, one Royal Home at a time! 

There are endless advantages to choosing sustainable building options. Including a wide variety of home design customizations (cabinets, flooring, counters, paint, and more) on top of sustainable building standard, materials, and system options. Visit our prefabricated home model page to get excited and inspired about your dream home!


The passion and attention to detail that the Royal Homes team has is incredible. Their pre-fab homes and cottages and have never been anything short of stunning and top quality. I would recommend this company in an instant, without a shadow of a doubt.Jessica
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    Where can I get a price list or How come your website doesn’t show pricing?

    Prices vary geographically, depending on where you are building. With the amount of options available, price lists run into thousands of options. Prices change with the options you choose. The best way to get an idea on pricing would be to contact our Design Centre nearest to where you are building.

    Why should I buy from you over a conventional or "Stick-Builder"?

    The advantages of prefab include building in a climate controlled environment, using environmentally friendly products which reduces waste and a CSA monitored quality controlled program. There is less time start to finish, with less disruption to neighborhood. We also sell at a firm price.

    Do your homes include a foundation?

    Yes our homes include full foundation and basement.

    How long does it take to build a Royal Home?

    It takes less than two weeks to build a home in our factory, but the process from start to finish is very dependent on the timing of obtaining a building permit. For most of our clients the process from start to delivery is twelve to sixteen weeks with move in eight to twelve weeks thereafter.

    What size homes do you build?

    As a custom builder we can build any size home but generally the average size range is between 1300 and 3500 sq feet.

    Do you build garages?

    Yes. Garages are built on site after the home is delivered.

    Are the homes energy efficient?

    Building a prefab home in a factory assures the highest attention to sealing the building envelope and ensures that the cold stays out.

    Since your homes are so energy efficient and air tight, how do you get fresh air?

    All our homes have HRV heat recovery ventilator air exchanger to remove stale air, and introduce fresh air.

    Where can I put a prefab home?

    Anywhere in Ontario you like.

    Can I really customize my prefab home?

    Yes, we use state of the art custom design software, today no two homes are built alike.

    Do you finish the basement?

    Yes. We can customize your basement to the finishes you desire.

    Are Royal Homes built to code?

    All Royal Homes are individually designed to meet all provincial and municipal building codes for your specific lot location.

    Do you build stick-built or conventional homes as well?

    We are a custom home builder first and use prefabricated components wherever we can, because it is a better way to build. If you have a remote site or custom home design with large open spaces we would look at what makes most sense for that design and location. This could include prebuilt panels or partially site built specific rooms.

    What makes the building process environmentally friendly?

    Waste in the factory is separated and recycled, reducing the impact on landfills. This has less disruption in terms of noise and time at job site. Building prefab allows for higher energy efficient homes and reduced heating costs.

    How is your home delivered?

    Our home is delivered by way of custom designed hydraulic flatbed trailers and precisely craned onto the foundation.

    Can you make changes or custom design?

    Yes, clients are given preliminary plans to review and changes are welcome and easily accommodated.