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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!

Energy station

New energy station lowers Eton College’s carbon footprint

The installation of the energy station at Eton College is helping Graham to reduce its carbon footprint and manage power demands.
insulated floor,

Park homes specialist sees flood of demand for Actis-insulated floor

Hundreds of park homeowners are poised to enjoy a warmer living environment thanks to the installation of an Actis Hybrid insulated floor funded by the Green Homes Grant scheme.
Local Authority Delivery scheme

Fighting fuel poverty: Leveraging frameworks as part of Local Authority Delivery

Gary Cawley, director of North & Central England at CPC, explores how to fight fuel poverty by leveraging frameworks as part of the Local Authority Delivery scheme.
Rugeley Power Station, Power Station site

Go-ahead for ENGIE’s Rugeley Power Station redevelopment 

ENGI has been granted outline planning permission from Cannock Chase District Council and Lichfield District Council for the redevelopment of Rugeley Power Station in Staffordshire.
building insulation

Actis insulation comes to the rescue after mouse causes roof fire

A builder who has been using Actis’ building insulation products for the past 17 years has just reroofed a Northamptonshire barn conversion after a mouse caused a fire in the eaves.

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?
new build retrofit

Retrofit vs new build – which should take priority?

Gary Cawley, director of CPC, offers advice on how to weigh up the retrofit vs new build options, based on the funding streams currently available and the experience of social housing clients in the North working with CPC to meet their decarbonisation goals.
energy efficiency works

LHC launches procurement guide for energy efficiency works

LHC has launched a new guide for local authorities, housing associations and other registered providers that are looking to procure energy efficiency works.
supply chain standard

Willmott Dixon becomes first contractor to achieve green supply chain

After six years of work, Willmott Dixon has become the first contractor to achieve level 3 of the Carbon Trust’s supply chain standard.

How insulated membranes can help eliminate thermal bridging

Architect Thomas Wiedmer, UK and Ireland technical director at pan-European insulation specialist Actis, explains why it’s a good idea to use a vapour control layer when embarking on a new build or refurb and what to look for when choosing a breather membrane.
Green homes grant

Government scraps Green Homes Grant scheme

Following a review, the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme launched last year will close to new applications on 31 March at 5pm.
School design, embodied carbon

Carbon assessment could influence next generation of school design

BAM has carried out an assessment of the embodied carbon and the operational carbon used in the design and construction of a new primary school in Somerset.
social housing net zero

Put social housing providers at the forefront of net zero plans, urges LHC

Social housing providers must be backed by further, mid to long-term Government funding to enable them to lead the country’s drive towards net zero, urges LHC.
low-carbon aviation test centre

Arcadis to deliver UK’s first low-carbon aviation test centre in Scotland

Arcadis has secured a contract to plan, design and deliver the infrastructure needed to create UK’s first low-carbon aviation test centre in Scotland.

Vital Energi wins £12m Oval Village job

Vital Energi has been awarded the £12m contract to work on the first of seven blocks of the new Oval Village development in London, comprising 1,309 new homes.
Energy saving homes

£526m energy saving to improve UK’s poorest performing homes

The allocation of £50m towards reducing carbon emissions in 50,000 social housing and low-income households across England and Scotland has been welcomed by Actis.
net zero carbon office

Go-ahead for 17-storey hybrid timber building in London

TfL has been given the go-ahead to deliver a new net zero carbon office development over Southwark Tube station.
ConstructZero, Net zero, climate emergency, Construction,

ConstructZero: The construction sector’s response to PM’s Net Zero challenge

The construction industry must come to terms with the impact of the built environment on the climate, says Andy Mitchell, co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council.
West Burton A

West Burton A power station to close down

EDF has decided to close its doors at West Burton A power station, its sole remaining coal-fired power station, in September 2022.
Decarbonise construction sites, decarbonising, construction industry

Mace and AFC Energy join forces to decarbonise construction sites

Mace and AFC Energy have formed a UK first strategic partnership to use hydrogen power in decarbonising the construction industry.
decarbonise UK homes

Government woefully misjudges costs to decarbonise homes, warns EAC

The government has underestimated the costs to decarbonise UK homes by 2050, warns the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC).
Green Industrial Revolution, decarbonisation,

£72m funding to boost Cheshire West and Chester’s green future

Cheshire West and Chester Council have welcomed news of a £72m decarbonisation funding boost to create thousands of new jobs and place the borough at the centre of the country’s green industrial revolution.
decarbonisation schemes, industry decarbonisation

Next phase of South Wales decarbonisation project receives funding

The South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) deployment project has been granted phase two funding of nearly £20m, looking at decarbonisation schemes and the infrastructure required for a hydrogen economy in South Wales.
Heating system,

Domestic & General secures five year partnership with EDF

Warranty provider Domestic & General, has signed a five-year deal with EDF to provide service plans and insurance for boilers and home heating systems.
Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy

£1bn to drive down emissions from industry and public buildings

Over £1bn has been allocated to drive down emissions from industry and public buildings like schools, hospitals and council buildings, as part of the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy.
Hydrogen transport hub

£3m government funding for UK’s first hydrogen transport hub

The UK’s first hydrogen transport hub is one step closer to becoming a reality, with the official masterplan and £3m in government funding.

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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!