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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 challenges of thermal bridging

The challenges of thermal bridging

Alex Taylor, NHBC Senior Energy Consultant, examines the challenges that thermal bridging presents from an energy assessors point of view. The Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) now contains 42 separate definitions for thermal bridging details. As part of an energy assessor’s role, they need to understand how each detail is applied...
Polyurethane foam – a thermal solution

Polyurethane foam – a thermal solution

Leonie Onslow, Executive Director at the British Urethane Foam Contractors Association asks if it is possible to meet zero carbon requirements and how existing housing will fare Now that Building Regulations are firmly set to result in zero carbon emissions for new build housing by 2016 and for non-domestic buildings...
EST discusses the importance of solid wall insulation

Building energy saving insulation in UK homes

The Energy Saving Trust examine solid wall insulation and what opportunities it has for UK homes along with what households should consider. It goes without saying that more expensive measures will provide the greatest savings and warmest homes. Unsurprisingly, millions of households have installed cavity wall installation which offers a...
Insulation: A guarantee of savings

Insulation: A guarantee of savings

Investing in solid wall insulation brings huge benefits in terms of reduced energy costs and carbon emissions. Steve Tanner, General Manager at SWIGA discusses what its guarantee can offer the consumer… With many energy saving insulation solutions readily available for homes and businesses large and small, there really is no...
Thermal bridging: Confidence in accreditation

Thermal bridging: Confidence in accreditation

Addressing the thermal bypass and bridge dilemma can be difficult, especially when dealing with the bridging aspect. John Tebbit, Managing Director, Robust Details Ltd examines the challenges posed and the need for third party accreditation. Bridges and bypasses are well known to all road users. Indeed they are generally regarded...
Energy management in construction

Energy management in construction

Better energy management within the construction industry could provide vital cash savings and contribute to significantly reduced CO2 emissions explains Tom Johnston, Chief Operating Officer – Central Certification Services, BM TRADA. In recent years, the construction industry has been working hard to reduce its negative environmental impact. This is essential as...
The embodied carbon challenge

The embodied carbon challenge

As the opportunities of addressing embodied carbon become more well-known, PBC Today speaks to Gareth Brown, Programme Area Manager at WRAP about the Embodied Carbon Database and the challenges faced by industry In an effort to address the embodied carbon (EC) challenge, resource efficiency experts WRAP (Waste and Resources Action...
Tapping into the district heating network

Tapping into the district heating network

An innovative district heating network project aims to dig deep to power Stoke-on-Trent’s economic renaissance. Andy Platt, Cabinet Member for Green Enterprise at Stoke-on-Trent City Council outlines the project and its benefits. The whole of the UK faces a mounting challenge to protect consumers from the ravages of a volatile...

The case for insulating party cavity walls

Recognising that cavity walls are a source of heat loss, Nick Ralph from the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association (MIMA) looks at the background to the changes and the solutions available to meet the requirements of Part L. Historically, there was an assumption that cavity party walls were an area...

Bridging the thermal gap

Understanding and mitigating for thermal bridging is an important aspect of an energy efficient building. Stuart Clark, Technical Manager at Energist UK addresses the challenges. Thermal bridging is a term that is often bounded around in the world of energy efficiency, but often not entirely understood. It can be a...

Energy management in construction: a brighter future

Better energy management within the construction industry could provide vital cash savings and contribute to significantly reduced CO2 emissions explains Tom Johnston, Chief Operating Officer – Central Certification Services, BM TRADA. In recent years, the construction industry has been working hard to reduce its negative environmental impact. This is essential as...
Retrofitting for a sustainable future

Retrofitting for a sustainable future

Mark Weaver, Sector Marketing Director for Retrofit for Saint-Gobain in the UK, explains the importance of retrofitting to reduce the energy consumption of the UK housing stock. It is estimated that 22m houses in the UK need to be retrofitted in order to achieve a worthwhile level of energy saving,...
energy savings

The UK is falling behind in energy efficiency

In an analysis of Member States’ plans to achieve their 1.5% annual energy savings target, The Coalition for Energy Savings identifies weaknesses in the national implementation of the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive. The target for achieving a 1.5% annual end-use energy savings highlights that most countries not only show low...
renewable

Approved renewable projects will create 8000 jobs

Eight renewable energy projects have been approved as part of the government’s electricity reforms. The projects aim to give a massive boost to green growth and green jobs by 2020. The projects will provide up to £12 billion of private sector investment, supporting 8,500 jobs, and they could add a further...

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