The construction and property industry plays a vital role in energy consumption, energy efficiency, and sustainable practices in the built environment.
Energy is required in the construction and property industry’s supply chain for various aspects of the process from design, through construction and beyond occupation. Energy efficiency and sustainability measures are key for the industry to remove reliance on harmful fossil fuels, to reduce energy consumption, lower operating costs, and minimise environmental impact. That is why these measures are identified early on in the process in order to reduce energy consumption and the decarbonisation of heat and influencing the built environment’s energy efficiency credentials. This falls in-line with the Government’s targets for this sector to support the UK’s mission to reach net zero.
The construction and property industry is a significant consumer of energy, largely fossil fuels, both during the construction phase (whether new build or retro-fit) and throughout the lifecycle of the built environment. Energy is needed for various construction activities, materials production – such as cement, steel and bricks – site preparation, transportation, machinery operation, on-site power supply for tools, as well heating and lighting.