Fabric First Approach to Sustainable Building Design

What is Fabric First?

Fabric first sustainable building entails looking at the materials used within a green build, and considering the energy and carbon used to create them and transport them, as well as considering the pollution, resource use, habitat destruction, and other environmental impacts of producing and using those materials.

Using a Fabric First approach when building your loft conversion can significantly lower associated carbon emissions and ensure that your new building work is both healthy and environmentally friendly.

What is Considered under Fabric First?

Fast – how quickly materials are created and then added to the build

Accurate – how accurate the design and manufacture process is (to reduce waste)

Best practice – how it performs and how sustainability targets are reached

Robust – how strong and durable the materials are

Innovative – whether the materials meet green building requirements

Cost-effective – materials used should ideally involve less time, materials, and waste


Flexible – materialsshould give space and design flexibility

Insulated – materials should have good thermal and acoustic properties to create healthy, warm spaces

Reliable – materials should not create air leaks or draughts (initially or over time)

Sustainable – production and use of the materials should be sustainable

Trusted – materials should be ETA approved and found throughout Europe, America, and the UK

How Does EcoLoft Build Fabric First Loft Conversions?

As part of our commitment to green building design, we offer a range of Fabric First options to ensure that your loft conversion is as healthy and environmentally sound as possible. This option means that you reduce the CO2 emissions during your build and for the lifetime of your conversion.

Our approach includes using sustainable materials, energy-efficient design and building methods, and working to the Code for Sustainable Homes to ensure that we are using techniques and practices recommended by the UK’s experts.