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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!

nature based solutions,

Guidance to help built assets adapt to climate risk and enhance nature

The UKGBC has today (29 April) published its 'Principles for delivering urban Nature-based Solutions' (NBS) to help developers and owners increase the incorporation of NBS in construction.
u- value of a project

Actis launches updated U-value simulator with new features

An online tool aimed at helping builders, architects and specifiers work out the potential U- value of a project has been updated with extra user-friendly features.
social housing net zero,

Tips from experts – five things to help steer you on your path to...

As we get closer to COP26 and the government makes more concerted noises than ever over decarbonisation, social housing providers have a huge role to play, says Gary Cawley, director of CPC.
Amey, net zero by 2040

Amey pledges to cut carbon and achieve net zero by 2040

On Earth Day (22 April), Amey has announced its commitment to cut carbon emissions and is aiming to reach carbon net zero by 2040.
steelzero,

Severfield signs up to SteelZero initiative

Structural steel group, Severfield has signed up to the SteelZero initiative to speed up the transition to a net zero steel industry.
vauxhall ev, electric vehicles,

Vauxhall supplies Mitie with new zero emissions van

Taking Mitie past the landmark of 1,000 electric vehicles (EV), this is the first of 655 Vivaro-e vans on order to be delivered by the end of the year.
carbon budget,

UK sets ‘most ambitious’ climate target to cut emissions by 78% by 2035

The UK government has set the ‘world’s most ambitious’ climate change target into law to slash emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels.

Morrison Energy Services & Jacobs appointed to National Grid framework

Morrison Energy Services and Jacobs have been awarded a place on National Grid Electricity Transmission’s six-year substations engineering procurement construction framework.
wind turbine generator, harland & wolff

Major contract for Harland & Wolff to create 290 jobs

A contract has been signed for Harland & Wolff to carry out fabrication and load-out works on eight wind turbine generator (WTG) foundation jackets.
building insulation,

Actis-loving garden room specialist sees orders double during pandemic

A Kent-based garden room specialist has seen demand for its buildings double over the past year, with Actis’ building insulation enjoying a rise in orders as a result.
Energy station

New energy station lowers Eton College’s carbon footprint

The installation of the energy station at Eton College is helping Graham to reduce its carbon footprint and manage power demands.
insulated floor,

Park homes specialist sees flood of demand for Actis-insulated floor

Hundreds of park homeowners are poised to enjoy a warmer living environment thanks to the installation of an Actis Hybrid insulated floor funded by the Green Homes Grant scheme.
Local Authority Delivery scheme

Fighting fuel poverty: Leveraging frameworks as part of Local Authority Delivery

Gary Cawley, director of North & Central England at CPC, explores how to fight fuel poverty by leveraging frameworks as part of the Local Authority Delivery scheme.
Rugeley Power Station, Power Station site

Go-ahead for ENGIE’s Rugeley Power Station redevelopment 

ENGI has been granted outline planning permission from Cannock Chase District Council and Lichfield District Council for the redevelopment of Rugeley Power Station in Staffordshire.
building insulation

Actis insulation comes to the rescue after mouse causes roof fire

A builder who has been using Actis’ building insulation products for the past 17 years has just reroofed a Northamptonshire barn conversion after a mouse caused a fire in the eaves.
new build retrofit

Retrofit vs new build – which should take priority?

Gary Cawley, director of CPC, offers advice on how to weigh up the retrofit vs new build options, based on the funding streams currently available and the experience of social housing clients in the North working with CPC to meet their decarbonisation goals.
energy efficiency works

LHC launches procurement guide for energy efficiency works

LHC has launched a new guide for local authorities, housing associations and other registered providers that are looking to procure energy efficiency works.
supply chain standard

Willmott Dixon becomes first contractor to achieve green supply chain

After six years of work, Willmott Dixon has become the first contractor to achieve level 3 of the Carbon Trust’s supply chain standard.

How insulated membranes can help eliminate thermal bridging

Architect Thomas Wiedmer, UK and Ireland technical director at pan-European insulation specialist Actis, explains why it’s a good idea to use a vapour control layer when embarking on a new build or refurb and what to look for when choosing a breather membrane.
Green homes grant

Government scraps Green Homes Grant scheme

Following a review, the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme launched last year will close to new applications on 31 March at 5pm.
School design, embodied carbon

Carbon assessment could influence next generation of school design

BAM has carried out an assessment of the embodied carbon and the operational carbon used in the design and construction of a new primary school in Somerset.
social housing net zero

Put social housing providers at the forefront of net zero plans, urges LHC

Social housing providers must be backed by further, mid to long-term Government funding to enable them to lead the country’s drive towards net zero, urges LHC.
low-carbon aviation test centre

Arcadis to deliver UK’s first low-carbon aviation test centre in Scotland

Arcadis has secured a contract to plan, design and deliver the infrastructure needed to create UK’s first low-carbon aviation test centre in Scotland.

Vital Energi wins £12m Oval Village job

Vital Energi has been awarded the £12m contract to work on the first of seven blocks of the new Oval Village development in London, comprising 1,309 new homes.
Energy saving homes

£526m energy saving to improve UK’s poorest performing homes

The allocation of £50m towards reducing carbon emissions in 50,000 social housing and low-income households across England and Scotland has been welcomed by Actis.
net zero carbon office

Go-ahead for 17-storey hybrid timber building in London

TfL has been given the go-ahead to deliver a new net zero carbon office development over Southwark Tube station.

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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!