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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!

net zero carbon, carbon emissions

Graham launches net-zero carbon workshops

Graham has commenced a series of workshops to help achieve its ambitious pledge to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 as the first step in reaching Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2045.
EcRoFit, European Funding

Smart tool ­project receives £1.5m funding to lower building carbon

EcRoFit has been awarded £1.5m to provide a new tool for assessing energy efficiency and renewable energy use in domestic and non-domestic buildings.
Cutting tool, Actis

Actis cutting tool ‘makes life ten times easier’

David Ball, site manager at Barnstaple-based Anderson and Evans says the discovery of the Actis specialist cutting tool has been transformative.

Plans in for Manchester’s energy-efficient Northern Gateway scheme

Plans have been submitted for The Gasworks – New Town, a new neighbourhood of 1,202 homes and public green space that will set a benchmark for energy-efficient living in Manchester’s Northern Gateway regeneration area.
carbon footprint

Net-zero ambitions: Designing and building a more sustainable future

Jorge Beroiz, director at CallisonRTKL, looks at zero carbon building techniques and new innovations including by-product materials, such as using rice husks for sustainable cladding.
substation in Peterhead

Balfour Beatty to deliver £47.5m substation in Peterhead

Balfour Beatty has secured a £47.5m contract to design and build a new 400kV substation in Peterhead, Scotland.
green industrial revolution

UK’s ‘green industrial revolution’ plan to support 250,000 jobs

Prime minister Boris Johnson has unveiled a ten point plan for a green industrial revolution which will support up to 250,000 jobs across the UK.
Passivhaus school, Pave Aways

Pave Aways hands over Passivhaus school in Powys 

Construction firm Pave Aways has completed the first-ever Passivhaus school to be built for Powys County Council.
energy efficiency framework

30 renewables specialists win spots on £800m energy framework

More than 30 renewable energy, heating and insulation companies have won places on a new £800m energy efficiency framework for the public sector.
Thermal bridging

How you could make sustainable buildings hot property

Simon Fielden, Sales Director at SFS UK, discusses what specifiers should consider in order to make building envelopes as thermally efficient as possible.
nuclear power stations

Rolls-Royce plans 16 small nuclear power stations

Rolls-Royce has revealed it will create 6,000 jobs within the next five years, if the government commits to a fleet of 16 small modular reactor (SMR) nuclear power stations.
zero carbon future, climate group

Willmott Dixon backs initiatives for zero-carbon future

Willmott Dixon is the first construction company to sign-up to all three of The Climate Group’s business campaigns, EV100, EP100 and RE100, to deliver a sustainable zero-carbon future.
renewable heating, Scottish Government

Scottish government introduces new renewable heat scheme

The Scottish Government has announced a new £4.5m incentive to help people install renewable and energy efficiency measures in their homes.
net-zero carbon homes, ENGIE

ENGIE to deliver net-zero carbon retrofit programme

ENGIE has been appointed by Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP) to design, build and deliver a programme, which will transform existing properties across London into low maintenance, net-zero carbon homes.
sustainable built environment, built environment, Sustainable Development

Charting a course towards a digital, sustainable built environment

A new publication explores the actions that will need to be taken by the construction sector over the next 20 years if we are to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), on carbon reduction targets.
Bristol carbon footprint, ecological footprint, carbon,

£4m programme to reduce Bristol’s carbon footprint approved

A £4m Climate and Ecological Emergency Programme to reduce the carbon and ecological footprint in Bristol has been approved.
low carbon heating, EDF energy

EDF and Daikin UK to offer low carbon heating solutions

EDF has joined forces with Daikin UK to help its customers make their homes more energy-efficient, discover low-carbon alternatives for heating and help decarbonisation of homes in the UK.
insulation products,

Demand rises for Actis’ insulation products

Actis has seen a rise in demand for its insulation products from homeowners extending their properties or building office pods in their gardens.

Network Rail set ambitious target to reduce carbon emissions

Network Rail has taken a step forward in tackling climate change by becoming the first railway company to set the most ambitious Science-Based Targets to reduce carbon emissions and limit global warming.
earth friendly concrete,

Kelbray commits to earth friendly concrete in the UK

Keltbray has partnered with Wagners and Capital Concrete to supply and place Earth Friendly Concrete® in the UK.
Foreground programme, Meridian Water, UKGBC,

Meridian Water: A collaborative approach to sustainability

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has partnered with Enfield Council, to accelerate radical solutions for the delivery of sustainability on large regeneration schemes.
Structural timber, carbon emissions

Structural Timber Association: Seize the opportunity to “build back better”

Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of the Structural Timber Association, discusses how structural timber systems can help the UK construction industry to “build back better” by delivering both quality and sustainability assurances.
net-zero carbon roadmap, engie

ENGIE to develop a net-zero carbon roadmap for South Somerset

South Somerset District Council (SSDC) has appointed ENGIE to develop a net-zero carbon roadmap.
Carbon emissions from buildings, Climate change

Taking action: Tackling carbon emissions from buildings

Michelle Agha-Hossein, building performance lead at the Building Services Research & Information Association (BSRIA), discusses how owners and operators can tackle the pressing issues of carbon emissions from buildings.
One Portwall Square, Skanska

Skanska wins sustainable office contract in Bristol

Skanska has been appointed as the main contractor for a new six-storey office building, One Portwall Square, in the heart of Bristol’s commercial district.
Solar farm, EDF

EDF plans for a new solar farm at Tye Lane

EDF Renewables is planning to develop a new solar farm at Tye Lane near Bramford, which could generate enough low carbon electricity for the domestic needs of 9,690 households annually.

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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!