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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!

solar energy

Overcoming the barriers to rooftop solar energy

Stuart Patience, senior associate specialising in Solar PV at Hollis explains how the industry can overcome the barriers to solar energy adoption in the UK.
heat recovery ventilator

NHS call centre benefitting from high energy-efficient heat recovery ventilator

A new NHS 24 call centre in Scotland is benefitting from improved energy efficiency after receiving heat recovery ventilator units from specialists S&P.
EV charging framework

Morrison Energy Services appointed to EV charging framework

Morrison Energy Services has been awarded a place on the EV charging framework to support a major roll-out in the North of England.
Greener Grid Park

Liverpool £25m Greener Grid Park enters final stages of construction

A £25m zero carbon scheme to increase green energy use in Liverpool has entered the final stages of construction.
zero carbon school

Galliford Try appointed to net zero carbon school scheme

Galliford Try has been appointed to a new net zero carbon school project under the Department for Education (DfE) Net Zero Carbon in Operation (NZCIO) scheme.
heat pumps

The future is looking bright for heat pumps

23rd May sees the launch of the Government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS). Will this finally herald the long-awaited mass uptake of heat pumps as domestic heating systems? To get the lowdown, we spoke with industry observer Dr Paul Welsby, who has worked in the field of heat pumps and heat pump technology for over 40 years.
storing solar energy

Storing solar energy for electricity generation

Researchers behind an energy system that makes storing solar energy, for up to 18 years, possible, have now taken the system a step further.
rebated fuel

Ending of rebated fuel: Will the construction sector see “red” or “green”?

Friday 1 April 2022 marked the end of rebated fuel for the UK construction industry. David Savage, a partner in the construction team at Charles Russell Speechlys, discusses the new regulations and their likely impact on the sector.
fabric first approach

Why a Fabric First approach will become the default in 2025

We’ve long known that fabric first approach maximises building energy efficiency and minimises carbon impact. NorDan UK Ltd’s architecture and windows expert Tom O’Sullivan reminds us of the principles of fabric first, and how forthcoming changes to building regulations look set to finally realise this ambition.
home energy rating scheme

BRE and BEIS announce project to modernise home energy rating scheme

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has announced a new project with BEIS to improve and modernise the home energy rating scheme used to measure the energy and environmental performance of UK homes.
energy efficient street lighting

Amey to help Walsall install energy efficient street lighting

Amey will be working alongside Walsall Council to install a £10m+ conversion programme of energy efficient street lighting.
sustainable construction practices

Diverse technology to develop sustainable construction practices

The construction industry is responsible for consuming almost one-third of the total global energy consumption, but technological innovations have allowed them to develop sustainable practices. A spokesperson from UK Flat Roofing highlights the current and upcoming green technologies used to develop sustainable construction practices.
reducing construction waste

Why reducing construction waste is key to achieving net zero

With the UK 2050 net zero target in mind, it is time to think and talk more about reducing construction waste, says Irina Leigh, production innovation architect at L&Q.
2021 carbon emissions

Baxi’s 2021 carbon emissions reveals 35% reduction

Baxi has announced that it's 2021 carbon emissions were 35 percent lower than they were two years, according to the company's sustainability report due to be published next week.
fuel theft

How to reduce the risk of fuel theft on construction sites

Fuel theft advice for remote national infrastructure sites, construction industry and rural community after the removal of the entitlement to use red diesel from most sectors with effect from 1st April 2022.
Part O

Part O: Understanding the new regulations on overheating

The government has introduced Part O of the Building Regulations to prevent homes overheating in summer. Anastasia Mylona, head of research at CIBSE, explains what is in the new regulation and why it was needed.
environmentally friendly office buildings

Eden: One of the most environmentally friendly office buildings in the UK

It's interesting to explore whether sustainability has impacted the development industry since COP26 by taking a look at one building under construction by The English Cities Fund in Manchester: Eden, one of the most environmentally friendly office buildings in the UK.
Boiler Upgrade Scheme

Heating engineers urged to sign up to £450m Boiler Upgrade Scheme

Heating engineers are being urged to sign up to help deliver a £450m government Boiler Upgrade Scheme to heat homes and small businesses with green technology.
epds

Actis Hybris EPDs reveal insulation’s impressive cradle-to-grave carbon footprint

A series of new Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) on the flagship insulation created by Actis shows that its cradle-to-grave environmental footprint is even more impressive than it was when the registration process was carried out four years ago.
2022 Energy Strategy

The UK construction industry reacts to the 2022 Energy Strategy

This week, the UK government announced a new 2022 Energy Strategy, which aims to accelerate the use of renewables such as new nuclear, hydrogen, and wind power to secure clean and affordable British energy for the long term.
UK Energy Strategy inadequate

Ashden says UK Energy Strategy inadequate

Ashden says UK Energy Strategy inadequate and misses the ‘3 Rs’: rapid transition away from fossil fuels, more renewables and major retrofits.
heat pump

Heat Pump Association welcomes £30M investment in British heat pump manufacturing

Heat Pump Association (HPA) receives £30M investment in British heat pump manufacturing from the UK Energy Security Strategy.
CPD Partner

Insulation specialist Actis is a CPD partner with LABC

As CPD Partners, Actis will participate in LABC’s monthly roadshows and a series of one-off topic or sector-specific events over the coming year.
net zero carbon-built environment

How construction utilises renewable energy to create a net zero carbon-built environment

Anthony Maguire, director of Longevity Power, explores how the construction industry is utilising renewable energy to achieve a net zero carbon-built environment.
sustainable construction goals

NBS reveals only a third of projects achieve sustainable construction goals

NBS has revealed its findings of its ‘Sustainable Futures’ report, which has shown that only a third of projects manage meet sustainable construction goals, despite a drive towards net zero carbon in the sector.
construction industry's carbon footprint

Why is it essential to reduce the construction industry’s carbon footprint?

Lee Jones, head of manufacturing solutions at NBS, explains why it is essential to reduce the construction industry's carbon footprint, why speed is of the essence and how having the correct information available can help facilitate the process.

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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!