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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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Energy efficiency scheme approved in Redditch

Homeowners in Redditch will benefit from a new scheme aimed at helping those who want to undertake energy efficiency measures in their property…
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The importance of energy efficiency to reduce fuel poverty

Jenny Saunders, Chief Executive of National Energy Action discusses the importance of energy efficiency to reduce fuel poverty
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A holistic approach to energy assessments

John Edwards, Trustee of the IHBC argues for an intelligent and holistic approach to energy assessments that have a positive impact on the sustainability of buildings, the health of occupants, and make buildings more energy efficient… The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is the professional body for conservation specialists...
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Urgent action needed for home energy efficiency

Insulation industry head has called for the government to fast track home efficiency measures as one of the largest insulation firms in the country goes into administration… It has been a turbulent year for the home energy efficiency sector. The government’s decision not to back zero carbon homes was a...
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How passive house is boosting the construction industry

The drive for low and zero carbon buildings and the supporting legislative changes are resulting in the need to improve the knowledge and technical capabilities of the construction industry as a whole
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Could home appliances heat your home?

An engineering firm has claimed the heat given off by home appliances could be used to warm homes… It sounds bizarre, but your TV and refrigerator could be used to heat your home. Max Fordham, one of Britain’s leading engineering consultancies, has claimed utilising the heat from these types of...

Getting the most from space

Adrian Pargeter, Head of Technical and Product Development for Kingspan Insulation reports on a study showing how insulation with a minimal construction depth can help to maximise space…   Take-up of commercial space has continued to surge in 2015 with the latest office research from Knight Frank showing that purchases in...
Multifoil Mythology

Multifoil Mythology

Once upon a time there was no recession, house building was flourishing and multifoils were the `new kids on the block’.
Could energy efficient homes exacerbate asthma?

Could energy efficient homes exacerbate asthma?

A new study has warned a lack of ventilation in energy efficient homes could create more indoor pollutants… Asthma could nearly double by 2050 due to the air inside homes becoming more polluted. A leading expert in indoor air quality has claimed the trend towards airtight properties could in fact...

Mineral wool insulation can be a practical and cost effective solution

How fully filling with mineral wool insulation can be the most practical and cost effective solution  
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Innovations to mitigate cold bridging and improve thermal performance

Halfen outline the innovations available to mitigate cold bridging and improve thermal performance…  
Cumbrian businesses join forces to create ultimate green home

Cumbrian businesses join forces to create ultimate green home

Three Cumbrian businesses have worked together to create the ultimate energy efficient home… A detached house in Kendal has achieved the second highest score for airtightness ever recorded in the UK. The three firms, the Ecological Building Systems of Cardewlees, Eden Insulation, and EcoArc Architects, built the four-bed property, which exceeded...
Lenders use inaccurate models to value energy efficient homes

Lenders use inaccurate models to value energy efficient homes

Mortgage lenders are undervaluing energy efficient properties by as much as £45,000… A new report from the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) and University College London (UCL) has warned lenders are using inaccurate models to estimate energy costs. This is leading to many energy efficient properties being undervalued by as...
New sustainability rating scheme will promote healthier homes

New sustainability rating scheme will promote healthier homes

A new quality rating scheme is set to be introduced by BRE to promote more sustainable homes across the UK… The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has launched a new 5-star rating scheme that will help home buyers see how sustainable their home is. The Home Quality Mark (HQM) will award ratings...

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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!