Fabric First

A Fabric First approach is the most cost effective and efficient way to meet performance standards. It’s the first priority of low cost, sustainable building

  • No micro renewables
  • Fit and forget approach
  • Built in for life with no on-going maintenance
  • Reduced cost
  • High standards of energy efficiency without the need to change occupants habits
  • Designed, manufactured, and erected on site in a matter of weeks
  • Improved return on investment with protected cash flow

Fabric First Construction Expectations


We wanted to go with an all masonry solution for several reasons. We wanted a really robust solution to help with our longer-term planned maintenance programme and feel that masonry provides us with the reassurance of a really solid structure. We also considered that airtightness that the Rå Build method offers, particularly the assurance that this level of airtightness will be maintained over time. The masonry solution also gave us the flexibility to include bespoke designs – which is key to the success of this project, given the nature of the sites we were developing.

Giles Holloway , Ashford Borough Council

Energy Efficiency and Government goals

Most are aware that the construction industry is under pressure to deliver improved energy efficiency, so it’s important we continue to develop new products and methods by which to achieve governmental targets. By focusing on the fabric first approach i.e. the success of the building material and the best system of erection, instead of opting for expensive energy saving technology (which may or may not be adopted by the end user ) can help you deliver high-energy performance while keeping costs down.

Energy Efficiency

The Government has set clear goals for improving heat retention and reducing CO2 emissions within newly constructed houses.

As part of the UK’s commitment to combat climate change, progressive changes are being made to the energy efficiency requirements for new build construction in a drive to reduce carbon emissions. Building Regulations changes, the timelines laid out by the Code for Sustainable Homes, together with the consultations such as the Sullivan Report and CLGs Definition of Zero Carbon, support a progressive improvement in external fabric performance and airtight construction.

Keeping ahead of these regulatory changes, our range of open and closed panel systems offer external wall solutions with U-values ranging from 0.25 to 0.15 W/m2K.

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