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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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Online platform improves building energy efficiency

An online platform designed for city planners, industry, and energy stakeholders can cut energy use in European cities… An online platform has succeeded in cutting energy use across several European cities. The scheme, which was tested across a number of places, has already revealed significant savings. The platform was designed for...

Global green building will double by 2018

The amount of green building taking place globally is expected to double by 2018, according to a new study… The World Green Building Council (WGBC) has released a new study that suggests global green building may double by 2018. The study, ‘World Green Building Trends 2016, Developing Markets Accelerate Global Green...

Commercial buildings produce more carbon than expected at the design stage

Commercial buildings across the UK are producing significantly more carbon than estimated at the design stage… A new study from the government’s innovation agency Innovate UK has revealed UK commercial buildings are not meeting carbon targets set during the design process. According to the data, buildings are producing an average of...

Energiesprong – making net-zero energy housing a reality

Arno Schmickler, Programme Director, Energiesprong UK describes how the UK can achieve net-zero energy housing… The European Commission recently announced €3.6 million grant funding to roll out Energiesprong – the innovative Dutch refurbishment process – in a number of European countries, including the UK. The aim of the multi-national ‘Transition...

Construction firm uses tracking devices to cut vehicle emissions

A UK construction and engineering firm has utilised tracking devices in its vehicles to reduce carbon emissions by 22 per cent… Construction and engineering firm J. Murphy & Sons (Murphy) has successfully reduced its emissions through a behaviour change campaign. The firm implemented some 1,900 tracking devices to its vehicles to monitor...

No zero carbon target, no thermal efficiency obligation?

Matthew King, UK and Ireland Director of Actis argues that the removal of the zero carbon target doesn’t have to mean the end of thermal efficiency obligations… Whatever our opinions of the retraction of the Zero Carbon target, the fact remains that it has happened. We must now step back...

The milestone of Energy Management Systems Certification

Exova BM TRADA detail how RICS achieved the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Certification and the benefits that implementing it can bring… The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a professional body that accredits 118,000 professionals and firms worldwide within the land, property and construction sectors. The organisation regulates and...

CBI publishes report on home energy efficiency

The third in a series of reports setting out an action plan to improve the efficiency of the UK’s homes has been published… Since September last year, the CBI has created a series of documents relating to home energy efficiency. Today, the final of the three policy briefings has been...

Dealing with Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Sarah Kenny, of Construction Industry Publications discusses how to deal with waste electrical and electronic equipment, and how it contributes to a circular economy... Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is a complex mixture of materials and components that because of their hazardous content can cause major problems for the environment...

ESOS – the proof of the audit is in the saving

Thomas Whiffen, Senior Energy Specialist at the National Energy Foundation talks about the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and how it can save millions... If anyone needs convincing of the value of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), we have the evidence. Over the course of the first tranche of ESOS compliance, we worked...

Smarter homes: How to save money and cut emissions

Freelance writer Russell Bowes outlines how the implementation of smart technologies can impact the way our homes are built and heated… The home of the future is almost here. A phrase which has become a little overused in the past few decades. The difference in using it at the start of...

Nearly zero energy building solutions

The background of building renovation in both Nordic and European projects, where actual energy use is quite often 30-40% higher in practice compared to what was expected from calculations, and where innovative solutions are seldom used, is very much connected to the way the building industry is organised. Here,...

German building stock can be renovated at low-cost

A new analysis has revealed within 15 years a significant proportion of the building stock in Germany can be renovated cost-effectively while achieving energy savings… Germany’s building stock can be renovated cost effectively to ensure significant energy savings at little cost. This is according to a new analysis from the...

Building regulations should incorporate CO2 reduction measures

Local authorities could use their planning powers to encourage builders to incorporate renewable energy on housing developments, says the Solar Trade Association… There is little doubt the energy efficiency sector has suffered significantly due to cuts and changes made to government policy. The death of the Zero Carbon Homes scheme...
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First industrial building in East Anglia gains BREEAM top grade

Great Blakenham’s energy-from-waste facility has become the first industrial building in East Anglia to be awarded an outstanding rating by BREEAM… An energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Great Blakenham, East Anglia will be awarded an outstanding rating by BREEAM in recognition of its green policies. The EfW plant was launched in December...

New energy efficiency rules to be separate for Scottish commercial buildings

New regulations requiring commercial property owners to carry out energy efficiency improvements before selling or leasing will not form part of the EPC regime… New rules aimed at improving the efficiency of non-domestic property before sale or lease will be published separately from the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regime, it...

Developers opt for low carbon buildings

Government cuts have not held back the push to develop affordable, zero carbon quality homes… 2015 was a bad year for low carbon building. Cuts to government funding and the scrapping of schemes such as the Green Deal left a sense of uncertainty within the field. The Zero Carbon Homes policy...
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The latest review of housing regs could see green policies scrapped

The latest government regulatory review of the green building sector could see more green policies cut, according to experts in the sector… 2015 was a difficult year for green building. The Conservatives, who had once pledged during their time in coalition to become the greenest government, seemingly did their level...

Six tips to transform your office’s energy management

Thomas Svensson, EMEA Managing Director at EnerNOC provides six key points to develop smarter energy management… Global energy markets are forever shifting in response to policy, politics, supply and downstream demand. This volatility in energy prices presents a significant risk to business – for example commercial electricity prices increased by...

A thermal bridging guide for 2016

Rob Pannell, Managing Director at the Zero Carbon Hub explains how their new Thermal Bridging Guide will lead to improvements in energy efficiency standards and help close the Performance Gap… Research generated by the Zero Carbon Hub and the house building industry has demonstrated the existence of a significant ‘Performance...

New research project launched to deliver better building performance

The UK Green Building Council will launch a new research project that will focus on improving how non-domestic buildings are designed, constructed, and operated… A new research project will delve into how building performance can be maximised. The project, launched by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), aims to look...

Supporting the UK insulation industry

The National Insulation Association (NIA) detail the key outcomes from their recent Annual Conference including how to restore consumer confidence in the insulation industry… Thursday 3rd December 2015 saw around 250 delegates meet in Hinckley at the National Insulation Association’s (NIA) Annual Conference to hear about key developments within the...
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Multifoils explained – The big questions answered

You shouldn’t need a degree in thermal engineering to understand which insulation products present the best option, yet sometimes it feels like it Here, Thermic Technology, an established manufacturer of thin reflective insulation, aims to help specifiers gain a better understanding of Multifoil insulation with answers to some of its...
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First net-zero energy school designed by SOM in NYC

Architecture firm SOM has designed the first public school in New York City that generates as much energy as it consumes… Energy efficiency in public buildings is seeing significant growth, as governments try to do their bit for the environment. In the UK, many councils have worked to reduce their...
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CIGA to implement independent review recommendations

The Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA) has accepted recommendations made following a review of its complaint handling… All recommendations put forward by the independent CIGA Consumer Champion Teresa Perchard have been accepted and will be implemented, it has emerged. The Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA) underwent review as part of its...
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£15 a year low energy house wins national energy award

A low energy home that costs just £15 a year to run has been given a national energy award… A four-bedroom property that runs on the equivalent of a 40W light bulb has won the Buildings and Energy Efficiency Awards. The £240,000 Passivhaus property located in West Kirby, Wirral, was built...

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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!