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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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Orientation

Definition: the relation of a building and its associated fenestration and interior surfaces to compass direction and, therefore, to the location of the sun, usually given in terms of angular degrees away from south, (e.g. a wall facing due southeast has an orientation of 45 degrees east of south)