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What is Fabric first construction?

What is Fabric first construction?

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What is Fabric first construction?

The fabric first construction approach highlights the energy efficiency of a building when it is first designed, it begins at the start of the design phase of the project and lasts until the development is complete. In traditional constructions energy efficiency is assumed to be acceptably if the construction methods meet building requirements.

Fabric first construction involves the assessment of the performance of all materials and components that are involved in the making of the building, before seeing if the use of electrical or mechanical building services systems can make the building efficient.

This approach helps in reducing the operational and capital costs, enhances energy efficiency and minimises the carbon emissions. It also aids in reducing the ongoing maintenance costs.

This approach helps the builders and developers to enhance the building performance in a more self-sufficient way. The construction process is made simpler because the entire system is designed beforehand, leaving the builders with the task of following step by step instructions, focusing on quality rather than creating solutions to inherent problems.

Buildings that are designed and constructed under fabric first construction approach aim to minimise the energy consumption through different methods that are as follows that have clear benefits.

Fabric first construction is generally considered as most effective and more sustainable instead of relying on the renewable energy devices and energy saving products that can be more expensive and less sustainable.   

Why fabric first construction?

There are multiple reasons why the buildings should be constructed under this approach. Sustainable

Fabric first properties are energy efficient that are built-in into the bones of the building. Low carbon energy sources like heat pumps or biomass boilers are difficult to be installed and can be complex to operate. Fabric first buildings are instinctively sustainable because of the materials and components.

Cost-effective

This approach is hugely cost-effective self-builders and for property developers in long term. Pre building strategies are used in this construction that proves to be most effective in terms of cost.

Should we use a fabric first approach?

Instead of depending on the investment in producing low carbon energy sources in order to ensure the new buildings are compliant, this approach is more cost effective and highly sustainable.

Housing planners, self-builders, property developers, architects and associates can use this fabric first construction approach in order to ensure energy effectiveness. They must rely on the concept that the performance is in-built and not a later consideration.

How does fabric first construction approach be used?

The fabric first construction approach must be ingrained in all the services and products. The floors and roofs may be timber-engineered, a material that is with a low U-value and it can highly minimise the heat loss of a building and it must be aligned with the energy performance regulations.

The technical and commercial teams should actively engage with the clients at the very first stages of a project. One should be very diligently aware of new regulations and updates.   

The party making a building aim to enable developers and builders to work very smart each stage of a project that can saves the time and energy of the project.

PureHaus can assist self builders, developers, social land lords and local authorities design and build their fabric fist buildings. Get in touch whether it’s a school, home or block of offices, our team are one of the most knowledgeable in the country.   

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