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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!

District energy scheme,

ENGIE signs partnership to develop district energy scheme

ENGIE has entered into a pioneering Joint Venture with Newcastle City Council (NCC) to develop and operate district energy schemes within the city over a 40-year term.
eco-friendly housing

Top types of eco-friendly housing that help cut your carbon footprints

Recent research by Roof Stores has outlined eco-house designs to help property buyers find their next eco-friendly housing while reducing their carbon footprint.
Green Loan Principles, office buildings,

Loan secured for the world’s greenest office buildings

UK property developer Argent has secured a £400m loan facility on behalf of the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) to support the development of two of the world’s greenest office buildings.
zero carbon buildings, UKGBC,

UKGBC launches task group on net zero carbon buildings

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched a new industry task group which will develop an industry-led definition for net zero carbon buildings.
Building Performance

CIBSE reveals shortlist for 2019 Building Performance Awards

The Early Learning Village, Singapore; the Musee d’Arts de Nantes; and the National Gallery of Ireland are just three of the entries shortlisted for the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Awards 2019.
nuclear power station

Toshiba withdraws from UK nuclear power plant

Toshiba has announced its withdrawal from the UK nuclear power plant construction project after failing to find a buyer.
net zero carbon

London joins global drive to make new buildings net zero carbon by 2030

In August, London joined 18 other cities, including Paris, New York, Sydney and Tokyo, representing a total of 130 million citizens, in pledging to ensure that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030
Clean Energy, Active Buildings, Offsite construction

£36m boost for turning buildings into power stations

Research pioneered at Swansea University to create “active” buildings that generate their own clean energy has received a multi-million pound boost from the government
Active Homes

Homes to act as mini power stations in Wales

The first development of Active Homes that are able to store, generate and release solar heat and electricity, are now under construction in south Wales
Environmentally friendly construction

Environmentally friendly construction: What is it and why should we be paying it attention?

Within the next 20 years, it is estimated that as a planet, we will reach our peak capacity for oil consumption. As global production of all oil decreases, demand continues to increase, and this is no different when it comes to the construction industry
District heating network

District heating network to benefit Edinburgh council housing development

As part of the ongoing regeneration of the Craigmillar area in Edinburgh, a new housing development comprising 75 affordable homes is preparing for the installation of a district heating network
atomic energy

BakerHicks appointed to UK Atomic Energy Authority Framework

The multi-disciplinary design and engineering company, has been appointed to the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) framework to deliver a range of technical engineering services in support of its UK fusion programme.
District Heating network

District Heating: Wembley Park and the rise of efficient community heating

Crispin Matson explores Ramboll’s role in the Wembley Park project and looks at the challenges of designing a district heating network on such a large scale
clean energy

Government pledges £36m funding for clean energy tech in construction

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced £36m UK government funding for clean energy innovation in the construction sector

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