As the sustainability movement grows, construction projects are
becoming more complex. An unfortunate reality of this complexity is
the documentation required to demonstrate compliance with various
requirements common to projects with sustainable and/or
high-performance goals. Voluntary points-based programs such as
Green Globes,® LEED® and RoofPoint™ have terms and
concepts that may be foreign to many in the construction
industry—especially those working on one of these project
types for the first time.
In addition, the most recent codes and standards, such as the
International Energy Conservation Code® (IECC), International
Green Construction Code (IgCC), 2012 Edition, ASHRAE 90.1-2010,
"Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential
Buildings," and ASHRAE 189.1-2011, "Standard for the Design of
High-Performance Green Buildings," also often contain unfamiliar
terms and concepts.
To assist you when working within this new framework, following
are some sustainable terms and concepts with which you should
become familiar, as well as an explanation why they may be
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