You will have often heard the saying, but does this apply to everything?
At Fibre we believe that design and planning correctly in the first place gives you a solid foundation to be creative and innovative with your designs and this opens up the doors (literally) to the use of an amazing range of materials currently being used in the architectural field.
Starting with a ‘fabric first” approach to building design concentrates on maximising the performance of the building’s components and materials that make up the building’s fabric, allowing you to achieve a well-built thermal and energy efficient build; once you have a solid foundation then you can focus on imaginative use of the many available materials available – elements that help reduce capital and operational costs and lower carbon emissions. The fabric first method can also reduce the need for maintenance during the building’s life.
Buildings designed and constructed using this method aim to minimise the need for energy consumption through their processes such as:
- Maximising air-tightness.
- Using super-high insulation.
- Optimising solar gain through the provision of openings and shading.
- Optimising natural ventilation.
- Using the thermal mass of the building fabric.
- Using energy from occupants, electronic devices, cookers and so on.
Concentrating on fabric first is considered to be more sustainable than installing energy saving technology or renewable energy generation later on; this can be expensive and often relies on you, the user being efficient in the way you use the technology.
Having energy efficient materials integrated into the building means that occupants are required to do less to operate their energy efficient building, creating fewer changes to their living habits.
Fabric first building systems can be constructed off site so they are likely to be higher quality and therefore have better performance, lower labour costs and increased speed of build.
Technology is changing the way architecture uses materials, from stronger concrete to nano enhanced plastics and the use of self-clean coatings; for example, researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a new way to control elastic waves—which can travel through materials without altering their composition—that could protect structures from seismic events.
At Fibre, we are constantly keeping abreast with the latest materials, so why not talk to us about your ideas and plans in a free consultation so you can get the best foundation for your next build.
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