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Glossary

Terms for Architecture, Green Building & Energy


This glossary includes more than 300 solar terms, as well as hundreds of additional sustainable design and construction terms.

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Green Building

Definition: The first Green Builder Program in the United States was created in 1991 in Austin, Texas. Pliny Fisk, the man behind that program defined green building or sustainable building when he wrote:

"Sustainability", according to Webster's American Heritage Dictionary, is to "keep in existence; maintain." As it relates to the world we live in, sustainability means meeting our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The sustainable approach to building recognizes the interaction of natural and technological systems on our planet, and seeks to minimize the adverse impacts of our everyday lives on the systems that support all life.