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Applying Fabric First principles: Complying with UK energy efficiency requirements FB 80

BRE (Building Research Establishment) is an independent, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, operating in the built environment and associated industries.

On 31 March 2016, BRE published; Applying Fabric First principles: Complying with UK energy efficiency requirements (FB 80), written by Steven Stenlund.

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The 40-page guide provides an understanding of the principles of a 'Fabric First' approach to help developers and house builders design and build homes to meet energy efficiency requirements - including possible future zero carbon or near zero energy homes). It explains how improved thermal performance, examined with reference to SAP 2009 (Standard Assessment Procedure) calculations for a sample housing development, can lead to optimising the fabric design of dwellings.

This includes:

The contents of the guide are:

  • Executive summary
  • Introduction.
  • Technical appraisal.
  • Determining a site-wide compliance specification.
  • Further considerations.
  • Appendix: Site scenarios.

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