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Glossary

Terms for Green Architecture, 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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A-weighting

Absorber

Absorption

Absorption Chiller

Accelerated Depreciation (Wind)

Acceptable Indoor Air Quality

Acceptor

Access (Wind)

ACH (Air Changes Per Hour

Acid Leachate

Acidification

Acoustic Privacy

Activated Shelf Life

Activation Voltage(s)

Active Solar Heating

Active Solar System

Active Solar Water Heater

Adaptability

Adaptation

Adaptation

Adapted Plants

Adaptive Capacity

Adaptive Reuse

Adjustable Set Point

Adobe

Adopting Entity

Advanced Framing

Advection

Aerobic Wastewater Treatment

Affordable Housing

AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency)

Aggregation (Wind)

Agricultural By-products

Agricultural Fiber

Agricultural Prime Farmland

Agricultural Waste

Agrifiber Board

AHU (Air Handling Unity)

Air Barrier

Air Change Effectiveness (ACE)

Air Changes Per Hour (ACH)

Air Cleaning

Air Conditioning

Air Economizer

Air Exchange Rate

Air Handling Unit (AHU)

Air Mass (sometimes Called Air Mass Ratio)

Air Plenum

Air Pollution

Air Quality Construction Management Plan

Airborne Pollutant

Albedo

Allergen

Alternative Energy

Alternative Fuel

Alternative Fuel Vehicle

Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) (Wind)

Alternative Refueling Station

Ambient Lighting

Ambient Temperature

Amorphous Semiconductor

Amorphous Silicon

Amperage Interrupt Capability (AIC)

Ampere (amp)

Ampere Hour Meter

Ampere-Hour (Ah/AH)

ANC

Anemometer (Wind)

Anemometry Equipment (Wind)

Angle Of Incidence

Angle Of Maximum Candela

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

Annual Solar Savings

Anode

Antireflection Coating

Appearance (Wind)

Architect

Architecture

Array

Array Current

Array Operating Voltage

Artificial Sky

Asbestos

Asbestos Management Plan

ASHRAE

Asset/Equity Ratio (Wind)

Atrium

Attractive Nuisance (Wind)

Automated Natural Ventilation

Autonomous System

Availability

Avoided Cost (Wind)

Azimuth Angle