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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!

Social housing properties set to be transformed

Social housing properties set to be transformed

Over 1,000 non-traditional social housing properties across Wrexham County Borough are set to receive a radical makeover and see a significant fall in their energy bills... Wrexham Council’s Housing Department are carrying out an improvement works programme which will see External Wall insulation applied to its non-traditional houses. The process...
Affordable, energy efficient homes to be built in Rochdale

Affordable, energy efficient homes to be built in Rochdale

A brand new range of affordable, energy efficient properties will be built in Rochdale, it has emerged... New homes designed to be energy efficient are set to be constructed in Rochdale. The properties will be built by specialist house builder firm AppleGreen Homes. The project, which will be undertaken in partnership...
Planning for overheating in homes

Planning for overheating in homes

As our climate and hot summers become more probable, the Zero Carbon Hub asks if we should we make better use of the planning system to help prevent overheating in homes… For the last year the Zero Carbon Hub has been working with local authorities, central government departments and the...
Construction industry praised for sourcing sustainable timber

Construction industry praised for sourcing sustainable timber

The construction sector has come out on top in a sustainability report into how companies in the UK source timber... The World Wide Fund for Nature has revealed the UK construction sector has performed extremely highly in a comparison of how companies source timber. The 2015 Timber Scorecard assessed 128 contractors,...
Chancellor urged to reconsider zero carbon homes decision

Chancellor urged to reconsider zero carbon homes decision

Over 200 business and industry leaders have written to George Osborne urging him to reconsider the decision to axe zero carbon home standards... Last week the government announced plans to shelve zero carbon home standards. The decision, which seemed to come out of the blue, was understandably met with a...
'Impossible' zero carbon home designed

‘Impossible’ zero carbon home designed

Designers at Cardiff University have proven the Chancellor wrong after constructing an affordable zero carbon home... It has been a bad week for the zero carbon sector. Last week the government announced it will not proceed with the zero carbon Allowable Solutions carbon offsetting scheme or the proposed 2016 increase...
Government sounds “death knell” for zero carbon homes

Government sounds “death knell” for zero carbon homes

The UK Green Building Council has today responded to the announcement that the government does not intend to proceed with the zero carbon Allowable Solutions carbon offsetting scheme, or the proposed 2016 increase in on-site energy efficiency standards. Even in the 2014 Queen’s Speech, the Coalition Government reconfirmed its commitment...
The iconic “Walkie Talkie” building has been recognised as one of the London's most sustainable buildings

Iconic London building named most sustainable

The iconic “Walkie Talkie” building has been recognised as one of London's most sustainable buildings... The iconic building at 20 Fenchurch Street, London, has been assessed by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) as being one of the most sustainability buildings in London. Standing at 38-storeys high it gained...
Energy Efficiency – It’s now the Law

Energy Efficiency – It’s now the Law

Liz Ainslie MsC AIEMA, Environmental Consultant for Hosking Associates Ltd outlines the new legislation for energy efficiency in both the domestic and non-domestic private rental market… Recently, new legislation has been passed that will make it easier for tenants to rent more energy efficient properties. Called the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented...
Energy efficient buildings save money

Sustainable buildings save money

New research has revealed the financial benefits that can be gained from energy efficient, sustainable buildings... Buildings that are energy efficient perform better than their less sustainable counterparts, according to new research. The study, The Financial Rewards of Sustainability: A Global Performance Study of Real Estate Investment Trusts, collated data from...

Tackling thermal bridging the Passivhaus way

Chris Parsons, Director of Parsons & Whittley Architects and Passivhaus Trust member provides an overview of thermal bridging challenges and its impact on the building envelope… Of the five main principles of Passivhaus design, (insulation, airtightness, omission of thermal bridges, ventilation and passive gains), the omission or reduction of thermal...

Insulation for business efficiency

With many energy saving insulation solutions readily available for business premises, significant savings can be made on energy bills... Although warmer weather is on the way, the National Insulation Association (NIA) is advising that now is the perfect time for businesses to invest in insulation in order to counter rising...
Council houses get external wall insulation

Council houses benefit from external wall insulation

Council houses across Wrexham are set to receive a face lift due to an external improvement programme, which will insulate and improve the outer appearance of the properties... Tenants living in non-traditional Council Houses across Wrexham County Borough are set to see a significant drop in their energy bills, and...

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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!