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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 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
Energy-positive office

Turning buildings into power stations: The UK’s first energy-positive office

Dr Justin Searle, technology director of the SPECIFIC Innovation & Knowledge Centre at Swansea University, discusses a project that is harnessing technology to create ‘enery-positive’ structures
Low carbon technologies

Bridging the gap between intended and actual performance of low carbon technologies

Dr Terry Keech’s recent study into the barriers to achieving mass low carbon social housing has highlighted the knock-on effect planning policy can have on the entire supply chain. Here, he explains why
fracking companies

Poll reveals Conservative councillors at odds with government fracking plans

A new poll published by the CPRE and Friends of the Earth has revealed that an overwhelming majority (80%) of Conservative councillors believe that planning applications should be required in areas where fracking companies have a license to drill
Heat Pumps

BSRIA World Heat Pump Study 2018

The recently published BSRIA study on Global Heat Pumps in May 2018 indicates sales of hydronic heat pumps progressed at a fast rate in 2017. Year-on-year, sales of hydronic heat pumps had a sustained growth of 32% to a global value of €5.7bn
environmentally sustainable

Majority of Brits want their new home to be environmentally sustainable

The vast majority (78%) of people consider the environmentally sustainable performance of a building important when choosing a new home, according to a recent survey by BLP Insurance
National Infrastructure Assessment

National Infrastructure Assessment urges green revolution

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has today published its first-ever assessment of UK infrastructure and has stated that Britain has a “golden opportunity” to switch to greener ways of providing energy to homes and businesses 
Building Performance

2019 Building Performance Awards open for entries

Now in its twelfth year, the CIBSE Building Performance Awards are the only awards in the built environment sector that are judged on actual, in-use performance rather than projections or designed performance
Active Office

UK’s first energy-positive office opens in Swansea

The UK’s first energy-positive office, which generates more solar energy than it consumes, was opened at Swansea University yesterday (21 June)
energy performance gap

Researcher uses AI to predict building energy usage

A PhD researcher at the University of Huddersfield is using artificial intelligence to better predict building energy usage, in the hopes of minimising the energy performance gap
new buildings

May vows to halve energy usage in new buildings

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged that the energy usage of new buildings will be halved by 2030. The pledge was outlined in an extensive speech on science and the industrial strategy, delivered by May yesterday (21 May)

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