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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!

the ‘build upon’ framework

The ‘Build Upon’ Framework: Helping local authorities to meet net zero targets

The UK Green Building Council, alongside the World Green Building Council, several European Green Building Councils, Climate Alliance, and the Buildings Performance Institute Europe have published a framework that aims to support cities and local authorities to measure the impacts and wider benefits of building retrofit.
net zero targets

Construction industry leaders call for change to achieve net zero targets

Public sector procurement authority, SCAPE, alongside some of the UK’s largest contractors and consultants, have written to the Construction Minister Lee Rowley MP to explain how the public estate can achieve its ambitious net zero targets.
Construction and demolition

Construction and demolition must act upon its climate pledge

Jonathan Cox, Marketing Director, Rye Demolition, discusses COP 26 and the need for the construction and demolition industries to do more to safeguard the environment.
demolition industry

5 changes the demolition industry can make to reduce its environmental impact

Ben Griffiths, SHE and Operations Director, Rye Group, states that the demolition industry has a responsibility to reduce its environmental impact and contribute to a greener world.

Building a sustainable tomorrow: BAM praised for climate action efforts

Royal BAM Group has been commended for its efforts to support climate action, as it achieves a place on CDP’s ‘A-List’ for climate change for the third year running.
fuel costs

65% of renters worried about paying their energy bills this winter

The fuel crisis presents a major problem for millions of households in the UK, least of all those renting.  Rising fuel costs means a hike in household bills – and the financial and mental toll on renters is significant.
Fuel poverty awareness

Tackling fuel poverty with a retrofit programme

Following Fuel Poverty Awareness Day last week, SWPA look at what more can be done to help the 4 million households that live in fuel poverty.
tender price

Construction prices will continue to inflate into 2022

Arcadis has updated its tender price forecast and predicts that inflation is set to continue into 2022, amidst the energy crisis.
cement industry

How the cement industry can drive net zero goals

Conor O’Riain, Managing Director at Ecocem, explores how the construction industry is using sustainability measures to contribute to net zero goals.
bsria water treatment

BSRIA releases new update to water treatment guide

BSRIA announces an update to its seminal water treatment guide, Water Treatment for Closed Heating and Cooling Systems (BG 50/2021).
Green Homes Grant Voucher

Green Homes Grant “underperformed badly” says PAC report

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said that the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme “underperformed badly”, in its latest report.
site cabin

Balfour Beatty launches sustainable site cabin, EcoSense

A world first in construction and infrastructure, EcoSense is the collaborative effort of Balfour Beatty and Sunbelt Rentals and offers a sustainable site cabin design that incorporates disability and neurodiverse components.
the built environment

COP26: What is next for the built environment?

George Adams, Director of Energy and Engineering, SPIE UK, shares his insights into how the built environment can co-operate to meet the crucial ambition of reaching net zero by 2050.
climate construction

How construction can pick up the climate commitment slack

As the dust settles after COP26, nations and industries are left to reflect on what Glasgow’s deal means for them. When it comes to cutting down on earth-warming emissions, construction has a bigger role to play than most.
carbon survey

Carbon survey reports that some businesses are reluctant to address emissions

Global construction and consultancy firm Mace has announced the results of its second annual carbon survey, which highlights how business leaders are changing climate at the heart of their strategies.
sustainability strategy

Tilbury Douglas launches new net zero carbon sustainability strategy

Tilbury Douglas has launched its new sustainability strategy, ‘People, Planet and Performance’, which aims to provide a comprehensive approach to carbon reduction, sustainability, and social value outcomes.
decarbonisation target

Sir Robert McAlpine commits to decarbonise its activities

Sir Robert McAlpine has announced a number of new initiatives to decarbonise its activities and set an emissions reduction target in line with a 1.5c future, as a new signatory of UN Race to Zero campaign.
net zero transition

Landsec develops £135m net zero transition investment plan

Landsec has created a new £135m net zero transition investment plan to help the group achieve its 2030 science-based targets and decarbonise its portfolio.
COP26 construction

COP26: Week two construction highlights

As the final week of the COP26 climate conference draws to a close, and world leaders begin to finalise plans, we take a look at what the takeaways of the summit mean for the construction sector as the industry moves towards a sustainable future.
net zero neighbourhoods

West Midlands project to create net zero neighbourhoods

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) announces project to create net zero neighbourhoods of the future, in partnership with Arup.
social housing providers, net zero,

Bringing tenants along on the net zero journey

Social housing providers have targets to bring their housing stock to an EPC rating of C or better by 2030. Gary Cawley, director of CPC, discusses the need to bring tenants along on the net zero journey.
south humber bank energy centre

Go-ahead for £300m South Humber Bank Energy Centre

The business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng has given the green light for plans to deliver the South Humber Bank Energy Centre.
net zero designs

Only 19% of large consultancy clients consider net zero designs

Latest figures from the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) reveal that only 19% of large consultancy and 24% of SME clients ask for net zero designs.
net carbon negative

Net carbon negative: Making the construction industry more sustainable

Simon Woods, European sales, marketing and logistics director, explains the steps that West Fraser is taking to make the construction industry more net carbon negative.
cementation skanska hvo

Cementation Skanska switches to HVO on large-scale plant

Piling contractor Cementation Skanska has committed to using Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) on all its plant fleet, including piling rigs, from 1 January.
rolls-royce nuclear reactors

Rolls-Royce secures funding for £400m nuclear reactors

Rolls-Royce announced the launch of its £400m modular nuclear reactor business, which will deliver low cost, low carbon nuclear power technology.

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Energy News

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!