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!

maintenance services

ENGIE acquires housing maintenance services

ENGIE has reached an agreement to acquire long-term heating and building maintenance contracts, previously operated by Carillion Energy Services Limited, with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Solar heating

Solar heating company appoints new Chief Executive

Martin Wright, Chairman of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and former Managing Director of energy company, Marine Current Turbines, has been appointed Chief Executive of Minus 7
HVAC trends

BSRIA to deliver presentations on global HVAC trends

BSRIA is to showcase global HVAC trends at the MCE Mostra Convegno Expocomfort 2018 – taking place on 13-16 March at Fieramilanocity, Milan
renewable heat

BSRIA supports renewable heat incentive reform

BSRIA has announced its support of the “reformed and refocused scheme” for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) issued by the Government on 9 February following an industry-wide consultation
Building Performance

2018 CIBSE Building Performance Awards announced

Three organisations were double-winners at this year’s CIBSE Building Performance Awards, with the results announced on 6 February at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London
wall insulation

Research project to transform the future of wall insulation

The way in which homes are insulated could be transformed following research by Leeds Beckett academics
temporary power generators

“Cleaner construction practices are vital to tackle toxic air” urges former Deputy Mayor of...

With around 50,000 UK deaths a year related to poor air quality and the World Health Organisation estimating that pollution costs £54bn annually, Matthew Pencharz highlights the role of construction sites and temporary power generators
BioComposites Centre

BioComposites Centre to review bioenergy resources for construction

Bangor University’s BioComposites Centre (BC) has been selected to lead a consortium to deliver a review on ‘The potential for using bioenergy resources for construction and other non-energy uses’
smart homes

BRE launches centre for smart homes

The world’s leading building science centre, BRE, is launching a Centre for Smart Homes and Buildings (CSHB) to exist as a collaborative central hub for industry, academia and the government

Hitachi appoints construction chief for £10bn Anglesey nuclear project

Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe has appointed a project director to the team developing the construction schedule for the £10bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant on the Isle of Anglesey Eric Chassard has joined Hitachi from multinational nuclear power and renewable energy firm Areva, where he was senior executive vice-president of New...
SAP rating

Epping Forest home achieves good SAP rating

A landowner who struggled for years to obtain planning permission to build on a site near Epping Forest has finally succeeded in creating a £1m energy efficient home with an impressive SAP rating – thanks to teamwork between a timber frame specialist and a pioneering insulation system created by Actis
Power supply

Driving powerful new connections

Power supply delays can have a significant impact on construction projects, wasting time, fuel and money. Here Head of Sales and marketing for business at npower Business Solutions, Beverly Tomkins, shares her experience and explains what can be done to install an electrical connection 75% quicker
clean growth

Supporting clean growth for the construction industry

Achieving the shift to a low carbon future without sacrificing major projects is a huge challenge facing the construction industry. Brian Worrall, Director of Corporate Affairs at Certas Energy, looks at the role of alternative fuels
smart meter

Creating a smarter smart meter

Most smart meters tell households how much energy they’ve used but do nothing to help them actually reduce that use. A new project led by Professor David Coley of the University of Bath aims to make smart meters smarter by providing practical advice on cutting consumption

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