Fabric First Approach

‘Fabric first’ approach to new building design, ensuring all elements of the building are insulated to a high standard and are airtight, reducing both the need for heating and carbon emissions. In retrofit projects look at the building as a whole, applying the ‘fabric first’ approach but recognising the need for breathability in traditional construction.

Why the contribution is important

Focusing on the building fabric is generally considered to be more sustainable than relying on energy saving products, or renewable technologies, which can be expensive and may or may not be used efficiently by occupants.

by AHA on February 12, 2021 at 04:23PM

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  • Posted by JaneyD February 13, 2021 at 08:13

    I think we concentrate too much on new builds and not the existing housing that we have. I'd love to know more about how I could retrofit my home and it sounds great to look at the building as a whole like you say. How could I find out more please?
  • Posted by antonygibb February 14, 2021 at 18:54

    The whole house approach is particularly relevant to older buildings. A good primer about the whole house approach can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KFC0vbxii8.

    Older houses (pre 1919) need to consider breathability carefully if they are to perform at their best.
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