What is the fabric first approach?

A “fabric first” approach to building design means optimising the performance of building materials before considering mechanical or electrical building systems.

A “fabric first” approach to building design means optimising the performance of building materials before considering mechanical or electrical building systems. This approach can help lower capital and operational costs and minimise maintenance needs throughout the life of the building.

A fabric first approach should optimise the use of high-performance materials such as Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs).

Building with a material such as SIPs can help to increase the building efficiency and performance of your building right from the very start.

Using SIPs in a fabric first approach provides:

 

  • A rigid thermoset polyurethane (PUR) insulation core forming for high-quality insulation
  • Panels that fit precisely together for an airtight building
  • A highly durable material for a strong building
  • Airtight and insulative properties for a thermally efficient building
  • Offsite fabrication for simplified site works
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Can fabric-first buildings create zero-carbon homes?

The thermal properties of a Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) system, combined with reduced thermal bridging, increased airtightness, and low U-values, can reduce the energy needed to heat or cool a room by up to 50%. In most cases, it eliminates the need for additional technologies or conventional heating, relying on the natural efficiency of the building’s fabric. However, additional heating or cooling sources can be included if desired.

SIPs offer off-site manufacturing, minimal waste, and low environmental impact, making them an ideal construction solution for all self-build projects, including those built to Passivhaus standards.

By focusing on the fabric of the building first, designers and builders can create a more sustainable and energy-efficient structure. SIPs are a popular choice for the fabric first approach as they can help to achieve building construction and performance goals. Overall choosing a high-performance material such as SIPS first will result in a high-performance building that is comfortable, durable and environmentally friendly.

Ready to build a fabric first SIP home?

Whether you are building to Passivhaus standards or simply looking to create a more sustainable living space, SIPs offer a versatile and efficient solution. With their ability to help achieve building construction and performance goals, SIPs are a smart choice for anyone ready to embark on a fabric first approach to building their dream home.

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