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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!

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 efficiency and housing: what next for Local Authorities?

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
The INCA Manifesto – A future for EWI

The INCA Manifesto – A future for EWI

INCA has published a manifesto ahead of the General Election calling on any future government to set out a clear role for EWI as part of a coherent energy efficiency strategy. Here, they deliver their message INCA (Insulated Render and Cladding Association) is the recognised trade association for the external...
The NIA insulation service

The NIA insulation service

The National Insulation Association (NIA) announces the introduction of a new service for Local Authorities and Housing Associations looking for insulation companies to work on their projects With the cuts to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) announced by government last year, an increasing number of Local Authorities and Housing Associations...
Warm Up Bristol: City-wide energy efficiency

Warm Up Bristol: City-wide energy efficiency

A part of Bristol’s status as 2015 European Green Capital involves becoming the UK’s most energy efficient major city. Here, the Council outline their Warm Up Bristol initiative targeting poorly insulated and energy inefficient homes…   Bristol has some of the oldest housing stock in Europe and each year in the...

The Green Deal – a simple and robust idea?

Steve Cole, Policy Leader at the National Housing Federation discusses whether the Green Deal has helped to improve energy efficiency in UK housing stock… Green Deal, the government’s flagship policy to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock, has been much debated over the last few years. With...

BRE puts consumers at the heart of homebuilding

A new quality mark for new houses has been launched that will transform the way consumers choose their homes to buy and rent… Leading building science centre, BRE has introduced a new national 5 star rating system – Home Quality Mark – that will give home buyers a clear indication...
Thermal model calculations: A lesson in accuracy

Thermal model calculations: A lesson in accuracy

Andrew Lundberg, thermal modelling expert at the Association of Thermal Modellers details the challenges faced in accurately assessing building fabric performance, hailing competency as the key… When it comes to delivering low-energy buildings in a bid to produce homes which come with both increased comfort and lower running costs for...
Private landlords must improve home efficiency

Private landlords must improve home efficiency

Under new government plans, landlords will be required by law to ensure their properties have an energy efficiency rating of at least Band E... Up to one million tenants renting privately will see their homes made more energy efficient under new plans from the government. The plans will require all landlords...
A crucial step in insulating party wall cavities

A crucial step in insulating party wall cavities

With the welcome announcement from DECC that insulating existing party wall cavities is now included as a measure in the latest RdSAP calculations for both the Green Deal and ECO funding, Nick Ralph from MIMA explains why measures such as this are so crucial… MIMA was instrumental in influencing the...

Active Roofs and Facades in Sustainable Renovation

The Nordic Built “Active Roofs and Facades” project is supported by Nordic Innovation allowing for strong development of leading Nordic competences in the area of building renovation. This is achieved by creating transnational Public Private Partnership models to support the development towards nearly zero energy building solutions and associated performance...
The challenges of thermal bridging

The challenges of thermal bridging

Alex Taylor, NHBC Senior Energy Consultant, examines the challenges that thermal bridging presents from an energy assessors point of view. The Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) now contains 42 separate definitions for thermal bridging details. As part of an energy assessor’s role, they need to understand how each detail is applied...
Polyurethane foam – a thermal solution

Polyurethane foam – a thermal solution

Leonie Onslow, Executive Director at the British Urethane Foam Contractors Association asks if it is possible to meet zero carbon requirements and how existing housing will fare Now that Building Regulations are firmly set to result in zero carbon emissions for new build housing by 2016 and for non-domestic buildings...

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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!