Fabric First: How to Limit Your Home’s Reliance on Heating

a contemporary home built with a fabric first approach
(Image credit: Facit Homes)

While a fabric first approach to building is applicable to all new homes (and to retrofitting existing properties too), it is self builders and their architects who have so far paved the way for fabric first eco houses here in the UK. 

However, fabric first building is likely to become an increasingly important approach in the years to come, with suggestions that the idea will be included in the Future Homes Standard, due to be implemented in 2025, through the Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard (FEES). 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.