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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!

Chancellor urged to reconsider zero carbon homes decision

Chancellor urged to reconsider zero carbon homes decision

Over 200 business and industry leaders have written to George Osborne urging him to reconsider the decision to axe zero carbon home standards... Last week the government announced plans to shelve zero carbon home standards. The decision, which seemed to come out of the blue, was understandably met with a...
'Impossible' zero carbon home designed

‘Impossible’ zero carbon home designed

Designers at Cardiff University have proven the Chancellor wrong after constructing an affordable zero carbon home... It has been a bad week for the zero carbon sector. Last week the government announced it will not proceed with the zero carbon Allowable Solutions carbon offsetting scheme or the proposed 2016 increase...
Government sounds “death knell” for zero carbon homes

Government sounds “death knell” for zero carbon homes

The UK Green Building Council has today responded to the announcement that the government does not intend to proceed with the zero carbon Allowable Solutions carbon offsetting scheme, or the proposed 2016 increase in on-site energy efficiency standards. Even in the 2014 Queen’s Speech, the Coalition Government reconfirmed its commitment...
The iconic “Walkie Talkie” building has been recognised as one of the London's most sustainable buildings

Iconic London building named most sustainable

The iconic “Walkie Talkie” building has been recognised as one of London's most sustainable buildings... The iconic building at 20 Fenchurch Street, London, has been assessed by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) as being one of the most sustainability buildings in London. Standing at 38-storeys high it gained...
Energy Efficiency – It’s now the Law

Energy Efficiency – It’s now the Law

Liz Ainslie MsC AIEMA, Environmental Consultant for Hosking Associates Ltd outlines the new legislation for energy efficiency in both the domestic and non-domestic private rental market… Recently, new legislation has been passed that will make it easier for tenants to rent more energy efficient properties. Called the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented...
Energy efficient buildings save money

Sustainable buildings save money

New research has revealed the financial benefits that can be gained from energy efficient, sustainable buildings... Buildings that are energy efficient perform better than their less sustainable counterparts, according to new research. The study, The Financial Rewards of Sustainability: A Global Performance Study of Real Estate Investment Trusts, collated data from...

Tackling thermal bridging the Passivhaus way

Chris Parsons, Director of Parsons & Whittley Architects and Passivhaus Trust member provides an overview of thermal bridging challenges and its impact on the building envelope… Of the five main principles of Passivhaus design, (insulation, airtightness, omission of thermal bridges, ventilation and passive gains), the omission or reduction of thermal...

Insulation for business efficiency

With many energy saving insulation solutions readily available for business premises, significant savings can be made on energy bills... Although warmer weather is on the way, the National Insulation Association (NIA) is advising that now is the perfect time for businesses to invest in insulation in order to counter rising...
Council houses get external wall insulation

Council houses benefit from external wall insulation

Council houses across Wrexham are set to receive a face lift due to an external improvement programme, which will insulate and improve the outer appearance of the properties... Tenants living in non-traditional Council Houses across Wrexham County Borough are set to see a significant drop in their energy bills, and...
Can construction really be sustainable?

Can construction really be sustainable?

The construction industry has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but only if it is open to innovation and change with a more holistic approach, believes a panel of industry experts… 68% of construction professionals think not enough is being done to reduce carbon emissions in the industry, said...
Low Energy Know How events open for registration!

Low Energy Know How open for registration!

The Zero Carbon Hub is hosting two events next month in Swansea and Newcastle, aimed at providing practical knowledge and insight into the zero carbon field... Two events are set to occur next month dedicated to the topic of zero carbon. Hosted by the Zero Carbon Hub, more details can...
Construction leaders make a case for cutting emissions

Construction leaders make a case for cutting emissions

More than 50 businesses leaders from the construction industry have written an open letter to Chancellor George Osborne, outlining the business case for cutting emissions... Energy used to construct and operate homes and buildings accounts for over a third of the UK's total emissions. Over the last few years there...
Energy efficiency and housing: what next for Local Authorities?

Local authority action on energy efficiency

Ian Hutchcroft, Head of Local Delivery at the Energy Saving Trust explains how local authorities can retrofit for energy efficiency and deliver benefits for carbon reduction, health, jobs and growth… There is no doubt that the drivers for local authority action on housing energy efficiency are strong, and getting stronger. With...
Building a home? Build a solar home

Building a home? Build a solar home

Paul Hutchens, Chairman of the Solar Trade Association New Build Working Group and Managing Director of Eco2Solar explains the benefits of fitting solar panels to new build… Solar is a cheap and easy way of making the new homes and offices we build more sustainable, cheaper to run and compliant...

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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!