Services

 

Passivhaus

We love Passivhaus…..it is one of the most stringent construction standards globally, which aims to ensure your building is designed and built to an exceptionally high standard.  Embodying a ‘fabric fist’ approach, we use its methodology and calculation software for a wide range of projects to achieve high comfort and energy efficient outcomes.

  • Feasibility studies and cost benefit analysis

  • Thermal bridging assessments

  • Summer overheating

  • PHPP assessments

  • Material procurement

  • Passive house certification

  • Design team and contractor education

 

Unique (maybe) to the Australian market, Fabric First have the capacity to fully design and build to the Passivhaus standard.

 

Building Simulation

True value is found when the built environment is understood fully before a single material arrives on site. This allows the design team to navigate the performance-based aspects of the design as well as rationalise, resolve and optimise design features for better design outcomes.

 

We conduct a wide range of simulation studies at all stages of the design in order to understand the performance of the building to optimise energy, comfort and thermal performance.

We use a range of analysis techniques for a variety of design needs:

  • Energy and Comfort Assessments

  • NCC 2019 Section J assessments

  • Green Building rating tool assessments

Fabric First will work on high-performance policy and planning project objectives only and does not recognise the value of the National Construction Code 2016!

 

Condensation Management

As the interface between internal and external environments, the building fabric considered design can have a large impact on a building’s indoor environmental quality and health.

Fabric First perform isolated moisture assessments using the WUFI® software suite, the standard program for evaluating moisture conditions in building envelopes, including;

  • WUFI Pro – one-dimensional hygrothermal calculations for building component cross-sections

  • WUFI 2D – two-dimensional hygrothermal calculations for complicated geometries

  • WUFI Plus – whole building dimensional hygrothermal calculations.

 

Fabric First is one of a handful of WUFI Professionals in Australia and provides assessments against the Performance Requirements of the National Construction Code 2019.

 
 

Policy & Planning

Policy and planning requirements can be difficult to navigate. We take a proactive approach and advise our clients and design teams on the design implications of these regulations, ensuring appropriate responses can be embedded in the project from the outset.

We have considerable experience in the advocacy of energy and sustainability strategies that meet the requirements of planning authorities, proven by many high-profile planning consents while also providing to the regional and federal government to create better policy.

Fabric First will work on high-performance policy and planning project objectives only and does not recognise the value of the National Construction Code 2016!

 

Sustainable Design

Sustainable design is central to everything we do; it is our passion. All of our team are highly versed in building physics and we apply this expertise to help clients to reduce energy use by exploring every possibility that their building, whether new build or refurbishment, offers.

Design starts with analysis all of the natural resources available on a site: solar orientation & shading, wind speed and direction, availability of water above and below ground, seasonal and diurnal temperatures and so on.

We work closely with the design team to develop options for the building form, fabric and facade that will maximise the opportunity for passive conditioning, using controlled daylight and natural ventilation.

 

Facade Optimisation

Façades are the interface between internal and external environments, a considered design from a thermal perspective can have a large impact on a building’s indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency. Enhanced building codes and energy efficiency initiatives have driven the adoption of higher-performing façades with thermal and moisture assessments and are used to inform specifiers about a design’s strengths and weaknesses.

We use a range of analysis techniques, including steady-state, dynamic and parametric, for a variety of challenges including:

  • Energy and comfort

  • Thermal and moisture

  • Daylighting analysis

  • Shading optimisation

  • Internal + external solar glare

Fabric First will work on high-performance policy and planning project objectives only and does not recognise the value of the National Construction Code 2016!

 

Facade Diagnostics

Inspecting buildings using a thermal imaging camera is a powerful and non-invasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of buildings. Thermal imaging technology has become one of the most valuable diagnostic tools for building inspections as they can identify problems early, allowing them to be documented and corrected before becoming more serious and more costly to repair. 


Typical applications include:


•        Visualize energy losses
•        Detect missing or defective insulation
•        Source air leaks
•        Find moisture in the insulation of roofs and walls
•        Detect mould and badly insulated areas
•        Locate thermal bridges
•        Locate water infiltration in flat roofs
•        Detect breaches in hot-water pipes
•        Detect construction failures
•        Monitor the drying of buildings

 

Zero Energy

Zero Energy remains a new concept for the Australian market but is being quickly adopted, alongside Passivhaus, as the go-to approaches for high-performance buildings.

Put simply, a zero-energy building is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.

Simplified by the abundance of solar resources across Australian, Fabric First can help you through the design, engineering and construction process to enable your concept to be delivered

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