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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!

ESOS – the proof of the audit is in the saving

Thomas Whiffen, Senior Energy Specialist at the National Energy Foundation talks about the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and how it can save millions... If anyone needs convincing of the value of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), we have the evidence. Over the course of the first tranche of ESOS compliance, we worked...

Smarter homes: How to save money and cut emissions

Freelance writer Russell Bowes outlines how the implementation of smart technologies can impact the way our homes are built and heated… The home of the future is almost here. A phrase which has become a little overused in the past few decades. The difference in using it at the start of...

Nearly zero energy building solutions

The background of building renovation in both Nordic and European projects, where actual energy use is quite often 30-40% higher in practice compared to what was expected from calculations, and where innovative solutions are seldom used, is very much connected to the way the building industry is organised. Here,...

German building stock can be renovated at low-cost

A new analysis has revealed within 15 years a significant proportion of the building stock in Germany can be renovated cost-effectively while achieving energy savings… Germany’s building stock can be renovated cost effectively to ensure significant energy savings at little cost. This is according to a new analysis from the...

Building regulations should incorporate CO2 reduction measures

Local authorities could use their planning powers to encourage builders to incorporate renewable energy on housing developments, says the Solar Trade Association… There is little doubt the energy efficiency sector has suffered significantly due to cuts and changes made to government policy. The death of the Zero Carbon Homes scheme...
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First industrial building in East Anglia gains BREEAM top grade

Great Blakenham’s energy-from-waste facility has become the first industrial building in East Anglia to be awarded an outstanding rating by BREEAM… An energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Great Blakenham, East Anglia will be awarded an outstanding rating by BREEAM in recognition of its green policies. The EfW plant was launched in December...

New energy efficiency rules to be separate for Scottish commercial buildings

New regulations requiring commercial property owners to carry out energy efficiency improvements before selling or leasing will not form part of the EPC regime… New rules aimed at improving the efficiency of non-domestic property before sale or lease will be published separately from the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regime, it...

Developers opt for low carbon buildings

Government cuts have not held back the push to develop affordable, zero carbon quality homes… 2015 was a bad year for low carbon building. Cuts to government funding and the scrapping of schemes such as the Green Deal left a sense of uncertainty within the field. The Zero Carbon Homes policy...
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The latest review of housing regs could see green policies scrapped

The latest government regulatory review of the green building sector could see more green policies cut, according to experts in the sector… 2015 was a difficult year for green building. The Conservatives, who had once pledged during their time in coalition to become the greenest government, seemingly did their level...

Six tips to transform your office’s energy management

Thomas Svensson, EMEA Managing Director at EnerNOC provides six key points to develop smarter energy management… Global energy markets are forever shifting in response to policy, politics, supply and downstream demand. This volatility in energy prices presents a significant risk to business – for example commercial electricity prices increased by...

A thermal bridging guide for 2016

Rob Pannell, Managing Director at the Zero Carbon Hub explains how their new Thermal Bridging Guide will lead to improvements in energy efficiency standards and help close the Performance Gap… Research generated by the Zero Carbon Hub and the house building industry has demonstrated the existence of a significant ‘Performance...

New research project launched to deliver better building performance

The UK Green Building Council will launch a new research project that will focus on improving how non-domestic buildings are designed, constructed, and operated… A new research project will delve into how building performance can be maximised. The project, launched by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), aims to look...

Supporting the UK insulation industry

The National Insulation Association (NIA) detail the key outcomes from their recent Annual Conference including how to restore consumer confidence in the insulation industry… Thursday 3rd December 2015 saw around 250 delegates meet in Hinckley at the National Insulation Association’s (NIA) Annual Conference to hear about key developments within the...
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Multifoils explained – The big questions answered

You shouldn’t need a degree in thermal engineering to understand which insulation products present the best option, yet sometimes it feels like it Here, Thermic Technology, an established manufacturer of thin reflective insulation, aims to help specifiers gain a better understanding of Multifoil insulation with answers to some of its...

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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!