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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!

A data drive for energy efficiency

Luke Smith, Principal Energy Specialist at the National Energy Foundation details how by using well-honed data, Suffolk County Council is able to effectively target domestic energy efficiency programmes and campaigns… Suffolk County Council has an ambition to reduce its carbon emissions by 60% by 2025, and recognises that investment in...
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New report highlights factors for delivering building performance

The UK Green Building Council Task Group has revealed the success factors for delivering building performance in a new report… How to increasing building performance has been laid out in a new report from the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC). The report highlights five key success factors, as well as...

Should more companies consider energy efficient architectural design?

Glass and solar energy specialists at Romag explain why more companies should consider energy efficient architectural design... One of the defining factors of the 21st century and beyond will be how well humanity deals with the threat of climate change. If the agreements made at the recent Paris conference can be taken...

Zero Carbon Homes policy defeated again

The government has successfully halted zero carbon homes plans after defeating the policy by just four votes… Last year the government caused a furore by scrapping the Zero Carbon Homes policy abruptly. The decision was met with significant criticism from the sector, with many raising concerns that it would lead...

Is UK energy safer within the European Union?

Dr Kerry Mashford, Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation, examines what the EU Referendum vote could mean for the future of UK energy So, David Cameron has negotiated a package of changes for a ‘reformed’ EU (based on immigration, British sovereignty and the Eurozone), the in/out referendum has...

European governments must deliver ambitious national renovation strategies

The green building industry is calling on national governments to ensure renovation strategies are as ambitious as possible… Under the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive, member states have a year to complete official national renovation strategies and submit them. These plans will focus on how national governments can cut greenhouse gas...

Lords vote in favour of zero carbon homes

The House of Lords has voted in favour of bringing back carbon standards for homes after government attempts to scale back green policies… Last year, the government revealed it was scrapping regulations relating to zero carbon homes. This included the planned increase in onsite energy efficiency standards, aimed at streamlining...

The future of low energy homes

BSRIA highlight a recent event hosted on low energy homes and discuss what the future holds for the sector...  BSRIA recently staged an event on ‘The Future of Low Energy Homes’ as part of its Residential Network. It’s been several months since the Government announced that there will no longer...

EU backs €12m sustainable construction project

A new pilot scheme that will enable Europe’s cement and lime industries to reduce their environmental footprint has received funding from the EU… A pilot scheme to reduce the environmental impact of the cement and lime industry has been given €12m funding from the European Union. The scheme will involve capturing...

Sustainable construction solutions: should this be a company policy?

Coral Pearce-Mariner, of Evander examines whether construction firms should implement sustainable solutions into their company policy... Due to a rise in consumer awareness and the growing scientific evidence of mankind’s impact on planet Earth, environmental considerations and long-term sustainability should be a priority for businesses in all markets and sectors. Of...

World Green Building Council gains Volvo CE on its advisory board

Volvo Construction Equipment has joined the corporate advisory board of the World Green Building Council… The World Green Building Council (WGBC) has welcomed a new member to its advisory board. The WGBC, which has member councils in 75 countries, provides guidance to over 27,000 companies within the construction sector and...

Global market for zero net energy buildings to expand

It is expected the zero net energy buildings market will see global growth between 2016 and 2024… According to a new report the global market for zero net energy buildings is set to see continued growth. Zero net energy buildings are designed to ensure the amount of energy consumed by the...

Housing Quality Mark could help homebuyers with cheaper mortgages

A standard rating for new build homes could help buyers gain reduced mortgages and cheaper building insurance rates… A new five-star rating standard for new build homes could lower mortgages and provide cheaper insurance. The Home Quality Mark (HQM), an independent rating standard, aims to help new homebuyers, and is currently...

Electric heating and hot water products for the social housing market

Calum Black, Operations Director of The Electric Heating Company Ltd outlines electric heating and hot water products for the social housing market... With over 10 years experience of supplying electric heating and hot water products for “Off-Gas” Domestic properties, The Electric Heating Company (EHC) has grown to become the UK’s premier provider of...

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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!