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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!

Homes emissions

England’s ‘leaky’ homes are greater threat to climate than cars, says NHF

England’s homes produce more carbon emissions every year than all of the country’s cars, new research from the National Housing Federation (NHF) has revealed.
London carbon footprint, London, Vital energi

Vital Energi to help lower London’s carbon footprint 

Vital Energi has been awarded a contract to save London 1,000 tonnes of carbon a year and help the city reach net zero carbon by 2027.
Net zero office

Construction underway on new net zero office in Salford

The English Cities Fund (ECF) and contractor, Bowmer + Kirkland has started construction of a new 115,000 sq ft net zero office building, which will set the bar for sustainable developments Salford Central.
Jewson charity event, Actis Hybrid

Actis Hybrid convert wins gift voucher after Jewson charity event

A recent convert to Actis Hybrid has won a £100 gift card in a prize draw held as part of an activity aimed at encouraging more construction professionals to learn about the company's insulation products.
energy efficiency of social homes

£160m fund opens to enhance energy efficiency of social homes

Local authorities and housing associations across England will have the chance to secure a share of £160m to enhance the energy efficiency of social homes.
Ferrybridge site, Ferrybridge C Power Station

[VIDEO] Keltbray demolishes chimneys and boiler house at Ferrybridge site

Keltbray has completed the latest major demolition activity at the former Ferrybridge ‘C’ Power Station in West Yorkshire on behalf of SSE.
Thermal efficiency, high-rise buildings

Why thermal efficiency is important in high-rise buildings

Simon Fielden, sales director at SFS UK, explores the role of the building envelope in increasing thermal resistance and reducing energy consumption.
transport decarbonisation

Galliford Try gains funding for transport decarbonisation research

Galliford Try has secured funding from the Department of Transport for research into the electrification of the road network.
warm mix asphalts, lower carbon asphalts, WMAs,

Highways England switches to lower carbon asphalts

Highways England is accelerating the use of warm mix asphalts as standard across its supply chain as part of a drive toward net zero carbon emissions.

Willmott Dixon bags Passivhaus contract with University of Oxford

Willmott Dixon has been contracted to a £11m Passivhaus project from University of Oxford’s St Peter’s College to deliver a student accommodation building.
Northwick Park Hospital, London North West NHS,

Vital Energi to reduce Northwick Park Hospital’s carbon emissions

Vital Energi has secured a contract with London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust to save £1.9m a year and reduce carbon emissions at Northwick Park Hospital.
Carlisle healthcare hub, Caddick Construction

Caddick to deliver carbon neutral healthcare hub in Carlisle

Caddick Construction has been appointed by United Healthcare Developments to design and deliver a new healthcare hub on Locke Road, Eastern Way in Carlisle.
Mitie, net zero carbon

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.
carbon neutral,

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.
Passivhaus leisure centre, Willmott Dixon

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.
pas 2035

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.
Procurement, decarbonising, built environment,

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.
net zero construction,

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.
net zero SMEs,

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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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!