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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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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Definition: compilation and evaluation of the inputs, outputs and the potential environmental impacts of a product system or building component throughout its life cycle including: mining the raw materials; refining and creating a finished product; transporting the product from the manufacturing point through the distribution channel to the need use point; storage of the product; use of the product; resources used during its life; and its final disposal