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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!

Electric heating and hot water products for the social housing market

Calum Black, Operations Director of The Electric Heating Company Ltd outlines electric heating and hot water products for the social housing market... With over 10 years experience of supplying electric heating and hot water products for “Off-Gas” Domestic properties, The Electric Heating Company (EHC) has grown to become the UK’s premier provider of...

SAP untangled

The Zero Carbon Hub explain their new SAP Untangled Guide which aims to help SME’s meet Part L compliance… The Zero Carbon Hub’s Performance Gap project highlighted deficiencies in a number of areas relating to SAP calculation inputs, and associated procedures. To help improve skills and knowledge in this area,...

Government aid for households undertaking energy efficiency measures falls

New research has revealed the amount of government aid available to help households install energy efficiency measures has fallen drastically since 2012… Cold homes kills thousands of people each year. An analysis from researchers at University College London said more than 9,000 deaths during 2014-15 could be attributed to cold...

£17m Manchester apartment blocks awarded BREEAM outstanding

Three refurbished 13-storey apartment blocks have been recognised for sustainability achievements, receiving a BREEAM outstanding rating… Designers of three apartment blocks located in Manchester have been recognised for their achievements in sustainability. The £17m scheme designed by national architects Pozzoni created 192 new private rented homes. The refurbished apartment blocks at...

PhotonAir gives interstitial condensation the cold shoulder

Mark Seddon, a director at Thermic Technology outlines why thermal performance should be a clear consideration when thinking of insulation... Weighing up the pros and cons between achieving better thermal performance and risking condensation is a fundamental requirement for many of today’s new build and refurbishment roofing projects.  Yet by...

University report criticises government’s zero carbon homes policy cuts

A new report from two major universities has brought to light the serious impact of cutting the zero-carbon homes plan… The University of Westminster and the University of Hertfordshire have published a report looking into the implications of the government cutting the zero carbon homes plan. The report, ‘The future of...

Energy efficient buildings qualify for cut-rate loans

Lloyds Banking Group is offering £1bn in cut-rate loans to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings… Real estate clients looking to improve the energy efficiency of their building will be able to apply for a share of £1bn funding from Lloyds Banking Group. The cut-rate loan will offer discounts of up...

An External Wall Insulation solution for Welsh housing

Wrexham County Borough Council outline their push in getting homes ready for the Welsh Housing Quality Standard by installing External Wall Insulation as a solution for tackling fuel poverty in some of its coldest homes… Wrexham County Borough Council are one of a number of local authorities in Wales to...

Energy efficient homes should be charged less stamp duty

A new report from think tank Policy Exchange has called for stamp duty to be cut for energy efficient homes and raised for homes that are deemed to be inefficient… The Policy Exchange says stamp duty should be lowered for homes that are deemed to be energy efficient. In its...

Research finds SuperHomes are both low-carbon and low-energy

New research from the National Energy Foundation has revealed low-carbon SuperHomes are also low-energy… SuperHomes are both low-carbon and low-energy, according to new research. SuperHomes is a nationwide network of some 205 homes, open to the public for education and inspirational purposes. The owners of these properties have successfully reduced...

Collaboration is key to the sustainability of cities

The UK Green Building Council has called for greater collaboration as a way of delivering sustainability in major cities… Collaboration between city councils and the private sector could be the key to delivering sustainability across UK cities. The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) said this type of partnership would become increasingly...
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Online platform improves building energy efficiency

An online platform designed for city planners, industry, and energy stakeholders can cut energy use in European cities… An online platform has succeeded in cutting energy use across several European cities. The scheme, which was tested across a number of places, has already revealed significant savings. The platform was designed for...

Global green building will double by 2018

The amount of green building taking place globally is expected to double by 2018, according to a new study… The World Green Building Council (WGBC) has released a new study that suggests global green building may double by 2018. The study, ‘World Green Building Trends 2016, Developing Markets Accelerate Global Green...

Commercial buildings produce more carbon than expected at the design stage

Commercial buildings across the UK are producing significantly more carbon than estimated at the design stage… A new study from the government’s innovation agency Innovate UK has revealed UK commercial buildings are not meeting carbon targets set during the design process. According to the data, buildings are producing an average of...

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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!