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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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Solar façade enables buildings to produce energy

A new innovative façade able to turn solar energy into heat will be installed next year on a Spanish building… It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but a building in Merida, Spain will produce its own energy through specialist technology on the façade. The complex insulation system, which...
insulated home

Insulated from reputational risk?

As the automotive emissions crisis evolves Matthew King, UK and Ireland Director of Actis muses on reputations and how his own industry can learn from the experience… Everyone is talking about it. It is a monumental crisis. The latest estimates I’ve heard around the emissions scandal is that 11 million...
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Carbon centre becomes first refurb to gain BREAAM Outstanding

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation has become the first UK refurbishment scheme to be awarded a BREEAM outstanding rating… The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) has hit a major milestone by becoming the first refurbished building in the UK to achieve a BREEAM rating of outstanding, scoring a...
green building

Green building design linked to higher cognitive function

A new research project has revealed people who work in buildings that have green design in mind have significantly higher cognitive function… A study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and Syracuse University concluded that people...
energy efficiency

NIA calls for government action to stop job losses

The head of the National Insulation Association is calling on the government to do more to prevent job losses in the energy efficiency sector… Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Insulation Association, said the government should work to fast track the development of policy for home energy efficiency. The NIA...
energy efficient home

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…
fuel poverty

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
Energy efficiency rating

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...
energy efficient homes

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...
energy efficient home

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...

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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!