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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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Fuel Poverty: lower bills and healthier homes

Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs at National Energy Action outlines the importance of tackling fuel poverty in the UK…
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Scottish public buildings fail to utilise renewable heat

Scottish councils have been criticised for failing to use energy efficiency measures to heat public buildings… According to the figures only one per cent of public buildings in Scotland are heated using renewable energy sources. The data, which was released as part of a Freedom of Information request from Scottish Renewables,...
Thermal Performance

Thermal Performance

Halfen outline the innovations available to mitigate cold bridging and improve thermal performance…
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Chief construction adviser publishes SWI report

A new report from the government's chief construction adviser detailing recommendations relating to the installation of solid wall insulation has been published… Chief construction adviser Peter Hansford has published a new report on solid wall insulation. The report, which was put together for the government and the Green Construction Board,...
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Heat map shows energy efficiency of Herefordshire homes

Residents in Herefordshire can discover how energy efficient their homes are via a new online heat map…
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Retrofit consortium wins £2.6m EU grant

Plans to bring a new zero carbon retrofit model from the Netherlands to the UK have taken a step closer as £2.6m funding is secured from the EU… The Energiesprong (Energy Leap) zero carbon retrofit model has been awarded an EU grant worth some £2.6m. The project, which is made...
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A pitch-perfect roof

When looking to upgrade the thermal properties of buildings, careful thought needs to be given to the risks associated with it at rafter level.
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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...
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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…
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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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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!