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Create Zero Carbon Homes by Taking a ‘Fabric First’ Approach

Published 24th March 2022|||

Zero carbon homes are at the top of the government agenda, so it’s never been so pertinent to build with energy efficient materials such as Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). As one of the most sustainable methods of construction available, its popularity amongst environmentally conscious self builders, is soaring.

There are so many reasons why building with SIPs makes perfect sense… flexibility of design, speed of build, increased living space and exceptional versatility. Undoubtedly though, the most important benefits of a SIPs building system is the thermal efficiency, low energy living and green construction credentials it provides.

By taking a ‘fabric first’ approach when building, self-builders and architects are recognising the benefits of maximising the performance of the materials used for a building’s external envelope itself.

The ‘built in’ thermal properties of a SIPs system and the reduced thermal bridging, increased airtightness, and low U-values it offers, can reduce the amount of energy used to heat or cool a room by up to 50%. In most cases it removes the need for additional technologies or conventional heating entirely, relying on the natural efficiency of the fabric of the building. Of course, additional sources of heating or cooling can be included if desired.

Add into this, the off-site manufacturing, minimal waste and low environmental impact, SIPs are the perfect construction solution for all self-build projects, including those being built to Passivhaus standards.

So, if you’re at the start of your self-build journey and want to understand the benefits of taking a ‘fabric first’ approach speak to the SIPS@Clays team and learn how SIPs will make your new home green to the core.