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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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BSRIA global air conditioning study reveals connectivity uptake

The recently published BSRIA market intelligence study on the global air conditioning (AC) market continued to show growth in 2018.
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Swansea Bay Energy Island proposes floating modular homes

New plans for a tidal lagoon and floating modular homes as part of a renewable energy development in Swansea Bay are financially viable, according to an independent report.
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ENGIE to handle £25m repairs and maintenance contract

ENGIE has been awarded a 10 year contract worth £25m after a tender process which set a high benchmark for housing repairs and value for money.
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Overcoming the human ‘cognitive biases’ that prevent climate action

Dr Don McLean, IES founder and CEO, discusses how their new IES technology will make it possible to create a Digital Twin of any community to simulate its lifecycle and plan the right solutions, addressing a number of negative cognitive biases.
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Mears to deliver gas servicing to over 18,000 properties

Mears Group has partnered with Longhurst Group to deliver gas breakdown, gas servicing and gas installations as part of a ten year contract.
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UK housebuilders: A Future Homes Standard to tackle climate emergency?

Gwyn Roberts, homes and communities lead at BRE, says UK housebuilders should take the initiative now to ensure better performance through higher quality.
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Skanska UK pledges to be carbon neutral by 2045

Skanska UK has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2045; its new carbon reduction target includes cutting all direct and supply chain emissions.
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BSRIA extends UKAS accreditation for domestic hot water heat pumps

BSRIA has successfully extended the scope of its UKAS accreditation to include testing of domestic hot water heat pumps in accordance with BS EN 16147:2017.
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Study: ‘Over-design’ of UK buildings driving energy consumption

Heating, cooling and electrical systems regularly designed with up to 50% more electrical capacity than they will ever need, according to a study led by Ramboll.
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UKGB unveils framework for net zero carbon buildings

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has unveiled a framework for the UK construction and property industry to transition new and existing buildings to become net zero carbon by 2050.
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Cadent announces expansion of innovative ‘gas-bots’

Gas distribution network Cadent has announced a major expansion of its robotics scheme across North London.
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Energiesprong targets net zero energy for apartments in Europe

After a successful start bringing the Dutch Energiesprong to Europe, the next three years aims to make net-zero energy suitable for apartment buildings across North West Europe.
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Sweden to construct ‘world’s first electric road’

The Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverket, has announced the team set to construct the world’s ‘first electric road’.
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Report shows London’s rise up the green roof league table

London’s Deputy Mayor for the Environment will launch a report revealing London’s relentless rise up the green roof league table.

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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!