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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!

clean energy,

Manchester councils win funding for £17.2m clean energy project

Energy Systems Catapult and five local authorities in Greater Manchester have won funding for a revolutionary clean energy project, which will develop 10 renewable schemes across the city.
Low carbon concrete, concrete product,

HS2: Low carbon concrete to reduce carbon emissions

HS2 contractors in London have begun using a new low carbon concrete product which provides a reduction of 42% in CO2 in comparison to a standard concrete.
energy services, low carbon district

ENGIE begins 25-year district energy services delivery in London

ENGIE has commenced the operation of a low carbon district energy scheme serving the new mixed-use Principal Place development, on the border of Shoreditch and City of London.
Net Zero Carbon Buildings, UK Green Building Council

WorldGBC unveils new ‘Net Zero Carbon Buildings’ signatories

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has published the latest signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.
nuclear construction industry, Sizewell C,

‘10,000 nuclear construction jobs at risk’ if Sizewell C not approved

Failure to build Sizewell C could cost the nuclear construction industry 10,000 jobs, as Unite urges ministers to approve the go-ahead.
energy centre,

Green light for new low-carbon energy centre in Enfield

Planning permission has been granted to deliver a new energy centre to heat homes and businesses in the London Borough of Enfield.
homes without gas, Future homes standard

NHBC Foundation launches new guide for homes without gas

The '2025: New Homes Without Gas' guide from the NHBC Foundation explains the key technical issues and discusses the choices housebuilders, designers and architects face when specifying alternative heating and hot water systems.
Royal Warwick Square development, Vital Energi

Vital Energi wins M&E contract for Royal Warwick Square scheme

Vital Energi has secured a £6.8m mechanical and engineering contract on Phase 2 of the Royal Warwick Square development to deliver essential infrastructure.
Fuel-poor households

£16m government funding to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland

Fuel-poor households are to benefit from a further £16m investment from the Scottish government to improve energy efficiency in their homes.
energy-efficient homes

Work on new energy-efficient homes in Edinburgh begins

CCG (Scotland) Ltd have begun construction work to build brand new affordable, energy-efficient homes in Bingham and Parkview in North East Edinburgh.
power supplies, uk power network

UK Power Networks electricity work supports White City development

UK Power Networks is working in partnership with contractors to reinforce the power supplies in and around White City – ensuring that the lights remain on for all.
decarbonisation plan, Railway Industry Association

RIA urges Government to support Network Rail’s decarbonisation plan

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has welcomed Network Rail’s interim Decarbonisation Plan but says the government need to give the ‘green light’ to support electrification.
Living Lab, Energy Systems

Upgraded Living Lab launched for home innovation trials

Energy Systems Catapult has relaunched an upgraded Living Lab for innovators, backed by the Prime Minister’s Council for Science & Technology (CST) – with a new digital integration platform and other significant improvements over lockdown.
Magnox contract, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Cost of Magnox nuclear decommission soars to £9bn

The cost of decommissioning the Magnox nuclear reactor estate has continued to rise, as new estimates reveal an increase from £2.7bn to £8.7bn since 2017,

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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!