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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!

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Mitie sets out roadmap for net zero carbon estate by 2025

Mitie has announced its roadmap to achieve a net zero estate by 2025, part of Mitie’s Plan Zero pledge.
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Winvic to deliver carbon neutral fine wine storage warehouse

Winvic has been appointed by Goodman to deliver a 117,500 sq ft warehouse in Andover for Berry Bros. & Rudd, the industrial unit will be designed to be carbon neutral utilising BIM Level 2.
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Willmott Dixon bags Passivhaus leisure centre in Spelthorne

Willmott Dixon has been appointed by Spelthorne Borough Council to deliver a Passivhaus leisure centre that aims to be one of the most advanced, energy efficient leisure facilities in the world.
wales low carbon homes

Wales to deliver 20,000 low carbon homes for social rent

The Welsh Government is set to commit an initial £250m for 20,000 new low carbon homes for social rent.
loft insulation

Merchants see surge in Actis Hybrid sales as extensions take off

With the popularity of extensions and loft conversions going through the roof, merchants are reporting a huge rise in sales of insulation products – particularly those by Actis.
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Retrofitting for energy efficiency: PAS 2035, a guiding light

Retrofitting your stock for energy efficiency probably feels like an overwhelming battle; a job that will never end. Where to start? How to prioritise? What measures to install?
net gain tool

New net gain tool to help industry deliver sustainable projects

WSP, Ecosystems Knowledge Network, and Northumbria University have launched a new net gain measurement tool to help built environment professionals play a greater part in nature recovery and climate resilience.
Whole Life Carbon Roadmap

UKGBC calls for industry input on net zero roadmap

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched a consultation inviting construction industry feedback on the Whole Life Carbon Roadmap draft proposals.
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How government procurement can shape a net zero built environment

New research argues that governments must use their procurement power to green the built environment. Samuel Harrison, research fellow at StateUp, takes a look.
heat networks

New joint venture to develop low and zero-carbon heat networks

Gas distribution company SGN and Vital Energi are combining to form Energy Services Company (ESCO), a private sector initiative to develop and operate low and zero-carbon heat networks.

Construction post-Covid: Hitting the net zero carbon target

Today, the world is once again reeling from a historic financial shock, this time caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which on paper is even more profound than the fallout from the GFC. And yet, the response when it comes to regulations aimed at cutting carbon emissions has been markedly different in countries around the world. Matt Bennion, CEO at Reds10, explains.
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Net zero: COP26 is not the final destination

We should be proud of our net zero efforts, but we must not rest on our laurels, argues Andy Mitchell, co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).
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Decarbonising construction: Plotting your path to net zero

After what has been a challenging 18 months for many industries, construction included, one issue that has come to the fore is sustainability. Anthony Ainsworth, COO at E.ON UK, explores how we can decarbonise the built environment.
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ACE releases new guide to help SMEs adapt to net zero future

A new net zero guide targeted at SMEs working in the built environment has been jointly released by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) and the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC).
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Highways England unveils plans to target net zero by 2050

Highways England has revealed ambitious plans to rapidly cut carbon from road construction, maintenance and operations, and support the transition to zero emission vehicles.
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Lendlease to end use of liquid fossil fuels on UK construction projects

Lendlease is phasing out liquid fossil fuels such as diesel and petrol on any of its UK construction projects, as part of its commitment to tackle climate change.
Energy Performance of Buildings Bill

Energy Performance of Buildings Bill to assist net zero targets

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) is calling for MPs, Lords and the Government to support the Bill which will be vital for the achievement of net-zero.
Climate adaptation, climate change, climate risk

Feeling the heat: How prepared are our buildings for a changing climate?

The third Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk from the Climate Change Committee has warned that a lack of action on climate adaptation is heightening the danger of financial and societal costs in the future. Hannah Jane and Kai Liebetanz of the UK Green Building Council argue that the UK needs an ambitious and detailed adaptation plan now.
Overheating buildings

Weather obsession could be key to cooling down buildings

The British weather has changed, with serious implications for our buildings, according to David Frise, CEO of the Building Engineering Services Association.
insulation products

Scandia-Hus choses Actis’ insulation products for third show home

The UK's largest designer and supplier of Swedish energy saving timber-framed homes has chosen Actis Hybrid insulation products for the third time for its latest show home.
U-value simulator

U-value simulator: Getting the right insulation combination

A revamped U-value tool from Actis will help specifiers choose correct insulation quickly and easily.
part l building regulations

Building regulations: One year to the Part L uplift

Here, the Consortium Procurement Construction (CPC) offers a short guide to what the Part L changes are, what they mean for registered providers and housebuilders, and what you can do now to make sure you’re ready.
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Builder insulates his own extension with ‘clean and easy’ Actis

A Northamptonshire builder who loves the cleanliness and ease of use of Actis Hybrid has completed a conversion and extension at his own home using two products from the insulation system.
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Don’t shoot yourself in the foot trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions!

A new report from the European Academies Science Advisory Council argues that a fundamental policy changes are needed if we are to successfully tackle greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment, construction processes and the supply of building products. Dr William Gillett and Professor Brian Norton take a look.
Solar panels, Essex energy

Solar panels installed across schools in Essex to reduce carbon emissions

Mitie has worked with Essex County Council to manage the installation of roof-mounted solar panels at 15 schools across the county.
decarbonise manufactured concrete

Laing O’Rourke secures funding to decarbonise manufactured concrete

Laing O’Rourke has secured a grant from the UK’s Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) to decarbonise manufactured concrete components used in construction.

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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!