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It is thought that in the UK, buildings account for around 50% of the total energy consumed.
The energy consumed by a building throughout its life comprises:
  • Initial embodied energy. The energy consumed to create the building, including; extraction, processing and manufacture, transportation and assembly.
  • Recurring embodied energy. That is the energy consumed in refurbishing and maintaining the building during its life.
  • Operational energy. The energy consumed in heating, cooling, lighting and powering appliances in the building.
  • Demolition energy: The energy consumed in the disposal of the building.
With sustainable construction firmly on the agenda, we've got a range of articles surrounding Energy News, which put the built environments energy woes under the spotlight. Check out all of our Energy News features now!

property industry, planning system,

Property experts urge industry to push fight against climate change

A group of experts have called on the property industry to step up the fight against climate change by making sustainability a key priority in the UK's planning system.
Small Modular Reactor, nuclear power station

Key industry players to design nuclear power station

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has provided initial match funding of £18m for a Rolls-Royce-led consortium to develop a Small Modular Reactor designed and manufactured in the UK.
zero carbon, Major Contractors Group,

Construction & Government must wake up to zero carbon reality, says NFB

The National Federation of Builders’ (NFB) Major Contractors Group has urged the Government to act immediately to address how construction can help the UK to meet the 2050 Zero Carbon target.
CITT project, carbon management

New tool to improve carbon management in infrastructure

The Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Tool (CITT) Project has released a report spurring the next stages of development for a tool that could deliver changes in carbon management in infrastructure projects.
Embodied carbon, BREEAM,

Embodied carbon: How much longer can we say “too difficult”?

Dan Doran, principal consultant at BREEAM, discusses embodied carbon in construction. He examines what action the industry should be taking now to avoid overshooting the ‘carbon budget’, and the role of lifecycle assessment in measuring and reducing embodied carbon.
Thermal efficiency,

Futureproofing with high-performance insulation

If the UK is going to meet its ambitious net-zero climate change targets by 2050 then the energy efficiency of our homes will need to be addressed says Simon Storer, chief executive of the Insultation Manufacturers Association.
low carbon decentralised energy scheme, Edinburgh St James,

Engie wins £90m low carbon decentralised energy scheme

Engie has joined forces with Edinburgh St James, to operate a new low carbon decentralised energy scheme, worth £90m.
Willmott Dixon, Passivhaus, Harris Academy Sutton

Passivhaus school to cut energy use by 80%

Pupils and teachers at the UK’s first Passivhaus secondary school will enjoy a swathe of benefits in the quality of their new teaching environment.
electric vans, mitie

Mitie’s first electric vans hit the road

Nearly 100 electric cars have already been rolled out to Mitie’s employees in just four months, and now they have officially begun rolling out their first electric vans.
Efficient insulation, property, insulation

Achieving returns with insulation

Matthew Evans, head of technical GB at Kingspan Insulation UK, highlights how installing more thermally efficient insulation to extend useable floorspace in buildings, maintaining performance while improving RoI.

Concrete roads enable fast charging of electric vehicles

‘Range anxiety’ is a major barrier to the widespread adoption of electric cars, Britpave believes that concrete roads that charge electric vehicles could be the answer Increasingly electric vehicles (EVs) are being promoted as the future for low or zero carbon transport. However, we are not there yet...
carbon neutral edinburgh, road map

Road map outlines carbon neutral Edinburgh by 2030

A road map for moving towards a carbon neutral Edinburgh by 2030 has been set out by the City of Edinburgh Council.
eu.bac Certification, BSRIA, Zone Controllers,

BSRIA extends UKAS accreditation to include individual zone controllers

BSRIA has successfully extended the scope of its UKAS accreditation to include the testing of Individual Zone Controllers (IZC) in accordance with the eu.bac Certification Scheme.
Energy Efficiency Framework, Fusion21

Fusion21 announces £250m energy efficiency framework

Procurement organisation, Fusion21, has announced the launch of its national Energy Efficiency Framework, worth up to £250m over a four-year period.

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It is thought that in the UK, buildings account for around 50% of the total energy consumed.

The energy consumed by a building throughout its life comprises:

  • Initial embodied energy. The energy consumed to create the building, including; extraction, processing and manufacture, transportation and assembly.
  • Recurring embodied energy. That is the energy consumed in refurbishing and maintaining the building during its life.
  • Operational energy. The energy consumed in heating, cooling, lighting and powering appliances in the building.
  • Demolition energy: The energy consumed in the disposal of the building.

With sustainable construction firmly on the agenda, we’ve got a range of articles surrounding Energy News, which put the built environments energy woes under the spotlight. Check out all of our Energy News features now!