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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!

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Reducing embodied carbon through AI and machine learning

Computer scientists at the University of the West of England are developing software that uses AI and machine learning to help construction companies reduce the amount of embodied carbon in their building and infrastructure projects. Dr Lukman Akanbi explains how the project could help the UK achieve its net zero targets.
Wernick Power Solutions

Powering ahead at Wernick Power Solutions

Wernick Power Solutions has expanded its fleet and announced the opening of further depots as the company sets its sights on further growth.
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UKGBC publishes guidance on zero carbon homes 

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published two resources designed to support local authorities in tackling the climate emergency, by driving up the sustainability of new homes.
Mace, net zero carbon

Mace achieves 2020 net-zero carbon targets

Mace has achieved its ambition to be a net-zero carbon business in 2020, after driving down its carbon emissions as far as possible across its developments and operations it has offset the remaining emissions.
South Tyneside, Net-zero building

Plans submitted for net-zero building in South Shields

Muse and South Tyneside Council have submitted a planning application for a net-zero building in the North East region at The Glassworks – a 50,000 sq ft riverside office building – at Harton Quay in South Shields.
Smart retrofitting, decarbonisation

Smart retrofitting: The key to decarbonising the built environment

The construction industry must prioritise the retrofitting of existing assets in order to meet carbon-cutting targets. Asite’s latest report examines how this can be achieved.

Green home upgrades held back by lack of Government clarity, says FMB

Green home upgrades are being held back by the lack of a clear long-term plan from the government, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has found.
gas infrastructure, gas networks,

British Gas renews partnership with EAU

British Gas has renewed its partnership with Energy Assets Utilities (EAU) for the construction of gas networks for new build housing schemes and regeneration projects.
Salt Cross Garden Village, Urbanomy, Energy planning

Urbanomy to support Salt Cross Garden Village’s development

Urbanomy, a new subsidiary of EDF, has been appointed by Oxfordshire County Council to support Project LEO (Local Energy Oxfordshire) in the energy planning of Salt Cross Garden Village.
smart cities, infrastructure, energy,

Why we must prioritise energy efficiency in smart cities

Chris Barlow, innovation director at Data Communications Company discusses the growth of 5G, Internet of Things (IoT) and how fibre infrastructure is helping build the networks of the future.
low carbon homes, cardiff living, wates

Construction underway on 214 low carbon homes in Cardiff

Cardiff Council and Wates Residential have started construction on the largest development in the Cardiff Living scheme, which will deliver 214 new properties.
Absolute Zero Carbon, Lendlease,

Lendlease lays out roadmap to ‘Absolute Zero Carbon’

Today (15 December) Lendlease has released its Roadmap to Absolute Zero Carbon, which sets out how the business will achieve those targets in Europe.
battery gigaplant

ISG lands UK’s first battery gigaplant

Britishvolt has appointed ISG to lead construction on the UK's first battery gigaplant in Blyth, Northumberland.
ten point plan, government, sizewell c

Government plans ambitious clean energy system

Building on the Prime Minister’s ten point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, the UK government today set out plans to clean our energy system and begin negotiations with EDF in relation to the Sizewell C project.
Race to Zero, Arup

Arup joins ‘Race to Zero’ to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030

Arup has signed up to the Race to Zero, a global campaign to rally businesses, cities, regions and investors to take action for a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats and create jobs.
green homes grant

Confusion and delays hamper Green Homes Grant scheme

The government’s initiative for the Green Homes Grant should be commended, but it is “already clear that the scheme is not going to achieve its initial targets”, says the House of Commons environmental audit committee.
carbon emissions, construction site,

Balfour Beatty to cut emissions on construction sites by 80%

Balfour Beatty has joined forces with Sunbelt and Invisible Systems to develop new technology to reduce carbon emissions across its construction sites by up to 80%.
sustainability

Good NABERS: How BRE is tackling climate change through collaboration

Meeting ambitious sustainability targets requires us all to pitch in, says Building Research Establishment chief executive Gillian Charlesworth.
net-zero

Report: Cost of net-zero ‘cheaper than previously thought’

A new report has revealed that achieving net-zero targets may be cheaper than previously thought, as it outlines a detailed route map for a fully decarbonised UK.
net zero built environment,

Delivering net zero in the built environment

Most built environment sectors are unprepared for net zero, with water, ports and airports the least ready, according to a report by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) and the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC).
EQ development,

BAM breaks ground on CEG’s EQ development in Bristol

BAM Construction broke ground on CEG’s EQ development in Bristol City Centre this week, becoming the largest speculative office development currently underway in the south of England BAM has been appointed to deliver the striking glass building at 111 Victoria Street, close to Bristol Temple Meads Station. Architect Aukett Swanke has...
zero carbon homes, low carbon homes, engie,

Partnership to develop zero carbon homes in Cheshire

ENGIE, in partnership with QWest Homes, has commenced work on a £16.2m sustainable development in Cheshire, delivering zero carbon homes that will help the local council reduce carbon emissions and bring down living costs.

HS2 boosts green business and tourism in Cumbria

The proposed HS2 rail service connecting passengers travelling between Carlisle and London will provide a welcome boost to the Lake District’s 2040 Visitor Travel Vision.
SteelZero, mace, net-zero

Mace signs up to SteelZero initiative

Mace has signed up to SteelZero, joining Grosvenor and Ørsted A/S in the initiative aimed at driving market demand for net-zero steel.
Timber Square, Net-zero carbon

Green light for net-zero Timber Square scheme

Timber Square has been given the green light, which will be the largest commercial development in the UK to use cross-laminated timber (CLT).
orbis framework, Ash Manor School

Morgan Sindall breaks ground on energy efficient school block

Morgan Sindall Construction has begun work on a new £4m performing arts block and extension for Ash Manor School on Manor Road in Ash, Surrey.

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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!