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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!

UK Energy Strategy inadequate

Ashden says UK Energy Strategy inadequate

Ashden says UK Energy Strategy inadequate and misses the ‘3 Rs’: rapid transition away from fossil fuels, more renewables and major retrofits.
heat pump

Heat Pump Association welcomes £30M investment in British heat pump manufacturing

Heat Pump Association (HPA) receives £30M investment in British heat pump manufacturing from the UK Energy Security Strategy.
CPD Partner

Insulation specialist Actis is a CPD partner with LABC

As CPD Partners, Actis will participate in LABC’s monthly roadshows and a series of one-off topic or sector-specific events over the coming year.
net zero carbon-built environment

How construction utilises renewable energy to create a net zero carbon-built environment

Anthony Maguire, director of Longevity Power, explores how the construction industry is utilising renewable energy to achieve a net zero carbon-built environment.
sustainable construction goals

NBS reveals only a third of projects achieve sustainable construction goals

NBS has revealed its findings of its ‘Sustainable Futures’ report, which has shown that only a third of projects manage meet sustainable construction goals, despite a drive towards net zero carbon in the sector.
construction industry's carbon footprint

Why is it essential to reduce the construction industry’s carbon footprint?

Lee Jones, head of manufacturing solutions at NBS, explains why it is essential to reduce the construction industry's carbon footprint, why speed is of the essence and how having the correct information available can help facilitate the process.
net zero carbon definition

CIBSE and LETI to launch new guidance for net zero carbon definition

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) will be launching new industry-wide guidance on the net zero carbon definition and address frequently asked questions.
South Brooklyn Marine Terminal

Jacobs appointed to redevelop New York’s South Brooklyn Marine Terminal

Jacobs has been selected by Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and bp, to redevelop New York's South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT).
embodied carbon in buildings

What is next for embodied carbon in buildings?

Despite a recent attempt at regulation falling by the wayside, the issue of embodied carbon in buildings has never been more prominent in construction. But as Mike Stevenson of NorDan UK explains, when you think longer-term about building specification, the carbon reduction takes care of itself.
net zero accelerators

The GCCA launch cement and concrete ‘net zero accelerators’

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has announced the launch of a series of net zero accelerators to help the cement and concrete industries decarbonise in line with the GCCA’s 2050 net zero roadmap.
national retrofit strategy

Why a National Retrofit Strategy is key to decarbonising the UK’s diverse housing stock

Oliver Baker, CEO at Ambion Heating, supports calls for a National Retrofit Strategy - particularly the UK's housing stock - as he believes electric heating systems play a crucial role in decarbonising buildings.
europe's sustainable buildings

Everything you need to know about Europe’s sustainable buildings

Borja Izaola, Project Manager from GBCe (Green Building Council España), tells us what we need to know about Europe's sustainable buildings.
visual intelligence, cop26, digital twins

Beyond COP26: How visual intelligence can progress sustainability goals

Last year, representatives from 200+ countries gathered for COP26. Linda Wade, CEO, and Co-Founder of Spinview spoke to PBC Today about the value of visual intelligence technology, and how it can progress sustainability goals in 2022.
decentralised energy solutions

How can building contractors combat the energy crisis with decentralised energy solutions?

Chris Rason, managing director at Aggreko, outlines how the efficient use of decentralised energy solutions can help building contractors navigate the current energy crisis without falling foul of legislation.
GHG emissions reductions

West Fraser commits to GHG emissions reductions through SBTi process

West Fraser has announced a commitment to set science-based targets to achieve near-term GHG emissions reductions across all its operations located in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe.
battery storage solutions

GL sign deal with Sunsynk to market “Grid Buddy” Inverters & Lithium battery storage...

Green Lighting (GL) has announced a supply partnership with Sunsynk to market "Grid Buddy" Inverters & Lithium battery storage solutions.
OLEV Grant

Government set to halt OLEV Grant scheme for electric vehicle home chargers

As the UK government is set to scrap the OLEV Grant, electric vehicle owners are being urged to apply for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme before March 31.
Spring Budget 2022

Construction industry professionals react to Spring Budget 2022

Rishi Sunak Chancellor of the Exchequer has delivered the Spring Budget 2022, announcing a new tax plan to ease the rising cost of living. Here construction industry professionals share their thoughts on the biggest cut to personal taxes in a quarter of a century.
domestic energy efficiency

UKGBC and business leaders demand govt address domestic energy efficiency

The UKGBC and 28 business leaders have urged the government to prioritise support for domestic energy efficiency and low carbon heat.
decarbonising the built environment

BPF sets out plans for decarbonising the built environment with its Net Zero Pledge

The British Property Federation (BPF) has announced that it is developing plans for a Net Zero Pledge that will unite its members decarbonising the built environment and achieving net zero by 2050.
volumetric mixers ,concrete industry

How can volumetric mixers make the concrete industry more sustainable?

Concrete has shaped much of our built environment, however, it accounts for about 8% of the world's carbon emissions. PBC Today spoke to Brandon Hess, UK country manager at Volumech, about how volumetric mixers can make the concrete industry more sustainable.
retrofitting homes

Barriers to retrofitting homes within the social housing sector

Gail Scholes, head of local authority, considers the ‘social anxiety’ of retrofitting homes, how this will affect the most vulnerable and how we can overcome these issues.
red diesel rebate

MPA urges chancellor to delay removal of red diesel rebate and reduce energy costs

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) urges chancellor to delay removal of red diesel rebate and act on infrastructure delivery and energy costs in spring statement.
building energy performance

How can we close the building energy performance gap?

David McEwan, UK consultancy director, at IES, explores why the building energy performance gap exists and how we can go about closing it.
Hydrogen construction equipment

Hydrogen construction equipment: UK must stop buying Russian natural gas

Mike Foster, The Chief Executive of the EUA, has today called upon the Prime Minister to stop buying Russian natural gas and convert the supply to hydrogen. 
Construction climate change

Construction climate change adaption: Is it too late to decarbonise buildings?

Construction climate change resistance could have a devastating impact across the world. Paul Deakin, director of Rund, explores how the industry can achieve a net zero carbon built environment by decarbonising existing 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!