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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!

HS2, heating, new homes,

Heat from HS2 trains could provide energy for new homes

Engineers developing the HS2 hub at Old Oak Common in North West London are proposing plans to tap heat from trains to heat up to 500 new homes.

BREEAM introduces new pre-approval process

BREEAM has introduced a new pre-approval process for its schemes, this new process enables a general sustainability specification that is applicable to multiple projects to be evaluated by BRE Global.
3D mobile

How 3D tech is mapping the future of eco-home innovation

As planning and building teams seek to improve efficiencies and cut costs on projects, Sven Van Duffelen, from 3D mobile mapping and monitoring specialist GeoSLAM, looks at how technology is enabling a growing number of developers to prioritise energy efficiency in new housing developments According to the Home Builders Federation,...
BREEAM awards, BRE,

BRE reveals winners of the BREEAM Awards 2019

BRE has announced the winners of its BREEAM Awards 2019 at a gala event held last night (4 March) at the London Hilton Bankside Hotel.
Innovative housing, housebuilding,

Innovative housing in Wales gets £35m boost

Welsh Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James is to announce £35m of funding for innovative housing projects in Wales this year.
uk homes, Climate Change, emissions,

CCC report says UK homes unfit for climate change challenges

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has urged the Government to improve the quality of UK homes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Green technology in construction

Green building technology has become one of the hottest trends in construction. The benefits of a green technology application in construction are far-reaching and comprehensive.
eco homes, environmentally-friendly,

Building with nature in mind

Eco homes are becoming increasingly fashionable as a new generation of house builders grow more environmentally conscious, realising the financial benefits of choosing greener options when it comes to deciding how to live their lives.
2019 winners

2019 Winners: Building Performance Awards

CIBSE Building Performance Awards saw an all-electric home that produces two-times more energy than it consumes win the Project of the Year.
Energy and utilities, inclusion commitment,

Energy and utilities sector launches inclusion commitment

Leaders from 32 of the UK’s top energy and utilities employers have launched a sector-wide Inclusion Commitment, to attract more diverse talent into the industry.
low carbon heat, heat network,

Bristol strikes first commercial heat network connection

Bristol City Council has agreed its first ever commercial connection to the Bristol Heat Network, which will provide low carbon heat to 375 new homes.
Dunbar renewable energy,

Dunbar renewable energy plant project handed over

Interserve and Babcock & Wilcox announce they have handed over the Dunbar renewable energy plant project to Viridor Enviroscot.
Royal Warwick Square, energy solution,

Vital Energi secures £3.8m Royal Warwick Square project

Berkeley Group has awarded the Royal Warwick Square project to Vital Energi, to deliver an extension of the mechanical and electrical infrastructure installation for the £3.8m energy solution.
Passivhaus, performance gap, soft landings,

Passivhaus as a living case study

The George Davies Centre at University of Leicester – the largest non-residential Passivhaus building in the UK – has continued to scoop awards for its size and complexity.

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Energy News

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!