Green Building Glossary

A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P R S T U V W Y Z

A

Alpha (Α) - value
Abiotic components
Abiotic depletion
ACH (Air Changes per Hour)
Acid rain
Acidification
AECB
Aerobic digestion
Afforestation
Air barrier / airtightness membrane
Air film resistance
Air infiltration
Air leakage index
Air permeability
Airtightness
Airtightness layer
Airtightness line
Airtightness test

B

Balance point
Balancing pond
BFRC Rating
Bio-accumulation
Biocide
Biodegradation
Biofuel
Biological wastewater treatment
Biomass
Bioretention area
Blackwater
BREEAM
Breathable sheathing
Breather membrane
Breathing wall
Brown roof
Building envelope
 

C

CAPEM
Carbon neutral
Carbon sequestration
Carbon sink
CarbonLite Programme
Χ -(chi) value
Chloroflourocarbon (CFC)
Closed loop-recycling
Code for Sustainable Homes
Coefficient of performance (COP)
Co-generation
Cold bridging
Cold spot
Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
Compost
Composting toilet
Cradle-to- *
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels

D

Daylight transmittance
Deconstruction
Decrement delay
Decrement factor
Deforestation
Degree days
Delivered energy
Desertification
Design for Deconstruction (DfD)
Diffuse pollution
Diffusion Open
Diffusion Tight
Distributed generation
District heating
Diurnal heat flow
Diurnal temperature variation
Downcycle
 

E

Earth construction
Eco-design
Eco-label
Embodied energy
Energy efficiency
Engineered wood
Eutrophication
Evaporative cooling
Environmental profile
Environmental profiling

F

Fan Pressurisation Test
f-factor
Filter drain
Filtration
Flood routeing
Flow control device
Fly ash (PFA - Pulverised Fuel Ash)
Fossil fuel
Fresh water aquatic ecotoxicity
 

G

G-value
Gasification
Geothermal energy
Geotextile
Global Warming Potential (GWP)
Green Guide to Specification
Green Register
Green roof
Greenhouse gases
Greenwash
Greywater
Ground source heat pump (GSHP)
Groundwater
 

H

Hazardous waste
Heat capacity
Heat exchanger
Heat island
Heat Loss Parameter (HLP)
Heat pump
Heat recovery
Heat transfer
Hot spots
Human toxicity
Humidity
Hydrocarbons
Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)
Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)
Hygroscopic material

I

Impermeable surface
Indoor air quality (IAQ)
Insulating concrete formwork (ICF)
Intelligent building
Internal heat gains
Interstitial condensation

K

k-value (or λ lambda value)
Kilowatt-hour (kWh)
Kilowatt-hours peak (kWp)
 

L

λ(lambda) - value
Laminated veneer lumber (LVL)
Latent heat
Leaking wet system
Lean Construction
Life cycle analysis/assessment (LCA)
Life cycle cost analysis (LCCA)
Lifetime Homes
Light shelf
Locally sourced materials
Low-E glazing
Low-grade heat
LPG - Liquid Petroleum Gas
 

M

Marine aquatic ecotoxicology
Methane (CH4)
Microclimate
Microgeneration
Microporous finish
Minimum ventilation requirement

Moisture buffering
Moisture content
Moisture resistance
MVHR
Moisture vapour transfer / transmission rate (MVTR)
 

N

Natural (passive) ventilation
Night-time ventilation
Natureplus
Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
Non-potable water
Non-renewable resource

O

Off-gassing
Ozone (O3)
Ozone depletion potential (ODP)
 

P

Particulate
Parging
Pascal (Pa)
Passivhaus standard
Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP)
Passive cooling
Passive solar design (PSD)
Passive solar technology
Passive stack ventilation (PSV)
Payback period
Permeability
Permeable paving
Persistant organic pollutants
Pervious surface
PFA (pulverised fuel ash)
Phase Change Material (PCM)
Phenols
Photochemical oxidation
Photovoltaic (PV)(solar) cell
Plenum
Porous surface
Post-consumer recycled content (%)
Post occupancy evaluation (POE)
Potable water
Pozzolan
Pre-consumer recycled content (%)
Primary energy
Purge ventilation
Ψ– (psi) value
 

R

Radon
Rainwater harvesting
Rammed earth
Reclaimed material
Recycling
Reflective insulation (radiant barrier)
Relative humidity
Remediation
Renewable energy
Renewable resource
Resource depletion
Retention pond
Reuse, Reclaim, Recycle
Runoff
R-value
 

S

SAP rating
Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA)
Secured by Design
Self-regulating
Sequestration (Carbon)
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)
SIPs
Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP)
Smoke test
Soakaway
Soft strip
Solar panel/collector
Solar gain
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)
Solar shading
Solvent
Source control
Stack effect
Standard Building Energy Method (SBEM)
Standard Method of Measurement SMM7
Strawbale construction
Sustainable drainage systems (SUDS)
Sulphur dioxide (SO2)
Sun pipes
Surface water attenuation
Sustainable
Sustainable Energy
 

T

Target emission rate (TER)
Terrestrial ecotoxicity
Thermal break
Thermal bridge
Thermal bypass
Thermal (storage) capacity
Thermal conductivity (K-value)
Thermal (heat) emitter
Thermal envelope
Thermal flanking
Thermal mass
Thermal resistance (R-value)
Thermal store
Thermal transmittance
Timber certification
TRADA

U

U-value (thermal transmittance) Useful space heating energy

V

Vapour barrier
Vapour check
Vapour control layer (VCL)
Visible transmittance (Tvis)
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Vapour barrier
Vapour permeable membrane
Vapour pressure

W

Waste arisings
Water conservation
Waste hierarchy
Waste to energy
Whole-of-life costing
Wind-tightness layer
Window energy rating
Wood preservatives

Y

y-value  

Z

'Zero Carbon' building  
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