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.
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