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Fabric First framework for Passivhaus projects in Norwich

Norwich City Council have launched a 'Fabric First' housing construction framework to assist the development of a number of Passivhaus projects.

The framework, which will be open to all local authorities and housing associations and has a projected total value of £300million, is designed to facilitate developments through traditional and design & build (single and two stage) methodologies.

The announcement of the framework follows the completion of a number of Passivhaus projects in the Norfolk region, with a number of large scale Passivhaus developments in the pipeline in Norwich such as:

Birdseye sketch of Three Score, Boythorpe development - NPS Group and Norwich City Council


The key objectives of the Fabric First Construction Framework are to:

  • facilitate delivery of projects within the available financial envelopes
  • employ economical and quick method of construction
  • provide value for money solutions, including consideration of whole life costs
  • engage Constructors that have the capability where required to design and develop energy efficient buildings
  • reduce the costs associated with risk in designing and building to Fabric First requirements
  • enhance effective supply chain management
  • provide access to sustainable construction expertise 


The opportunity is divided into three lots as follows, which allows greater opportunities for small and medium sized contractors:

  • Lot 1 - 1 to 20 units
  • Lot 2 - 21 to 110 units
  • Lot 3 - 111+ units 


There has already been substantial interest in the framework nationwide, and although the projects will be based in Norwich, contractors from throughout the UK are encouraged to apply. The framework can also be adapted for other local authorities and housing providers. 

The deadline for expressions of interest is 28th May 2015. For further information and to express an interest, visit the Norwich City Council website. 

30th April 2015

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