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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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Decarbonising construction: Plotting your path to net zero

After what has been a challenging 18 months for many industries, construction included, one issue that has come to the fore is sustainability. Anthony Ainsworth, COO at E.ON UK, explores how we can decarbonise the built environment.
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ACE releases new guide to help SMEs adapt to net zero future

A new net zero guide targeted at SMEs working in the built environment has been jointly released by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) and the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC).
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Highways England unveils plans to target net zero by 2050

Highways England has revealed ambitious plans to rapidly cut carbon from road construction, maintenance and operations, and support the transition to zero emission vehicles.
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Lendlease to end use of liquid fossil fuels on UK construction projects

Lendlease is phasing out liquid fossil fuels such as diesel and petrol on any of its UK construction projects, as part of its commitment to tackle climate change.
Energy Performance of Buildings Bill

Energy Performance of Buildings Bill to assist net zero targets

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) is calling for MPs, Lords and the Government to support the Bill which will be vital for the achievement of net-zero.
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Feeling the heat: How prepared are our buildings for a changing climate?

The third Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk from the Climate Change Committee has warned that a lack of action on climate adaptation is heightening the danger of financial and societal costs in the future. Hannah Jane and Kai Liebetanz of the UK Green Building Council argue that the UK needs an ambitious and detailed adaptation plan now.
Overheating buildings

Weather obsession could be key to cooling down buildings

The British weather has changed, with serious implications for our buildings, according to David Frise, CEO of the Building Engineering Services Association.
insulation products

Scandia-Hus choses Actis’ insulation products for third show home

The UK's largest designer and supplier of Swedish energy saving timber-framed homes has chosen Actis Hybrid insulation products for the third time for its latest show home.
U-value simulator

U-value simulator: Getting the right insulation combination

A revamped U-value tool from Actis will help specifiers choose correct insulation quickly and easily.
part l building regulations

Building regulations: One year to the Part L uplift

Here, the Consortium Procurement Construction (CPC) offers a short guide to what the Part L changes are, what they mean for registered providers and housebuilders, and what you can do now to make sure you’re ready.
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Builder insulates his own extension with ‘clean and easy’ Actis

A Northamptonshire builder who loves the cleanliness and ease of use of Actis Hybrid has completed a conversion and extension at his own home using two products from the insulation system.
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Don’t shoot yourself in the foot trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions!

A new report from the European Academies Science Advisory Council argues that a fundamental policy changes are needed if we are to successfully tackle greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment, construction processes and the supply of building products. Dr William Gillett and Professor Brian Norton take a look.
Solar panels, Essex energy

Solar panels installed across schools in Essex to reduce carbon emissions

Mitie has worked with Essex County Council to manage the installation of roof-mounted solar panels at 15 schools across the county.
decarbonise manufactured concrete

Laing O’Rourke secures funding to decarbonise manufactured concrete

Laing O’Rourke has secured a grant from the UK’s Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) to decarbonise manufactured concrete components used in construction.
net zero buildings,

Net zero for existing buildings: Fabric First investigation

How can greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment be neutralised in order to meet the UK’s net zero ambitions?

Scottish Government launches £10m funding to tackle biodiversity loss

£10m funding confirmed from Scottish Government for projects that restore nature, safeguard wildlife and tackle the causes of biodiversity loss.
Church lane, York

ENGIE delivers £11m eco-friendly teaching space at University of York

A new teaching and learning centre, known as the Church Lane Building, has been unveiled at the University of York, following a transformation by ENGIE.
Materials shortages, recycle materials

A sustainable answer to material shortages

Sourcing locally and using reclaimed building materials is possible and should be part of the solution towards zero carbon and current material shortages, argues Andrew Richards, co-chair of the Supply Chain Resilience Sub-group of the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum.
Henry Boot, hybrid power systems

Henry Boot trials hybrid power systems to reduce emission levels

Henry Boot has begun trialling hybrid power systems to provide sustainable and efficient power to sites with significantly decreased emission levels.
cement-free concrete

Mace pioneers cement-free concrete technology

Mace is spearheading a cement-free concrete technology that reduces the embodied carbon of a construction project by 78%.
Past coal alliance, PPCA,

Mott MacDonald joins Powering Past Coal Alliance

Mott MacDonald has joined the Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) to support the transition to renewable and green forms of energy.
net-zero carbon solutions, technology,

Mace drives net-zero carbon on the MoJ’s prisons programme

Following the Ministry of Justice (MoJ)’s announcement in May that all new prisons will be built sustainably, Mace is supporting the organisation in introducing energy-saving technology.
Galliford try net-zero

Galliford Try pledges to achieve net-zero across all activities by 2045

Galliford Try has promised to achieve net-zero carbon across its own operations by 2030, and net-zero across all activities by 2045 at the latest.
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Sisk becomes certified carbon neutral business

John Sisk & Son has reached the first milestone in its 2030 Sustainability Roadmap by achieving carbon neutral business certification.
Construction machinery

BAM to reduce emissions from construction machinery by 90%

BAM has committed to running all of its UK construction machinery using recycled cooking oil, contributing to goals focused on reducing carbon emissions from its activities.
Solar Energy UK, Climate Change Committee

UK solar industry to ‘double in size by 2030’

40GW of solar capacity could deliver 13,000 new jobs, £17bn in additional economic activity, and a 4.7% cut in total UK carbon emissions, according to a new report.

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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!