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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!

Sizewell C nuclear power station

Sizewell C nuclear power station plans submitted

The planning application to build Sizewell C, the new nuclear power station in Suffolk, has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.
J3 development, net-zero carbon,

J3 development outlines net-zero carbon ambition

Plans for the proposed J3 development north of the M54 reveal £40m worth of investment in making the new community net-zero carbon once completed.
Building envelope, energy efficiency,

Energy conundrum: Securing futures through the building envelope

As the pressure mounts on the construction industry to achieve zero-carbon buildings, Vincent Matthews, head of UK marketing at SFS, explores how the building envelope can help to reduce energy usage and enhance a building’s lifespan.
Swansea Council, power stations

Swansea City reveals ‘Homes as Power Stations’ plan

Swansea Council's cabinet will meet on 7 May to consider approving the submission of a Homes as Power Stations project business case,
Housing performance,

State of the Nation review: Performance evaluation of new housing

In a major study funded by the Building Performance Network, Professor Rajat Gupta and Matt Greg of Oxford Brookes University have conducted a comprehensive review of key studies on new housing performance and Building Performance Evaluation methods.
Future Homes Standard, BRE Group

BRE Group response to Future Homes Standard consultation

BRE Group, the world-leading body for improving the built environment, builds on its response submitted to the government’s proposed Future Homes Standard in February.
pre-commission cleaning of pipework systems,

New pre-commission cleaning of pipework systems guidance

BSRIA has published a new edition of its guide on pre-commission cleaning of pipework systems.
Kingspan Kooltherm,

Kingspan Kooltherm: Achieving more with less

Kingspan Kooltherm has been developed to meet exacting new energy performance regulations for new homes while still offering slimline design.
natural gas distribution, kier, firmus energy

Kier reappointed to £100m firmus energy contract

Kier has been reappointed by firmus energy to provide natural gas distribution infrastructure services in a c.£100m contract with a possible three-year extension.
overheating, construction,

How can construction tackle the overheating challenge?

Chris Stanley, housing manager at the Concrete Block Association (CBA), explores the need to improve resilience to overheating, from the building materials used to the way our structures are designed.
sustainable development,

£70m boost for the sustainable development of Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland has published its three-year plan setting out how it will manage sea, land and coastline for the sustainable development of Scotland’s communities and businesses.
HVP industry, climate change,

Climate change and the HVP industry

NSUSL examines the difficulties the HVP industry faces in adapting to new technology and climate change.
social rent, affordable homes

One Manchester and council to deliver low-carbon affordable homes

One Manchester and Manchester City Council will deliver 139 new affordable homes using Passivhaus techniques to lower the carbon footprint.
Hinkley Point C,

Hinkley Point C reduces workforce to 2,000

Hinkley Point C has announced that it will reduce the number of workers by more than half to around 2,000 in the next few days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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!