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Greentionary: the Green Words We Need to Know

In my research, I encountered several words and acronyms which made me realize how much of green living, green architecture and ecological intelligence I do not, yet, know. In order for me to further my education, I have to take some foundational steps like building up my green vocabulary.

Each week, I'll post definitions to key terms and acronyms. Suggestions for words for me to post are welcome. Any word in mind?

I listed these on the book edge and vowed to look them up and share them here:

  • green home -
one that meets at least a few of the following criteria:
Made with generally non-toxic building materials;
Energy efficient - a generally tight house with energy efficient appliances and windows and HVAC and ventilation systems;
Solar home - derives most of its space and water heating from the sun
Recycled content materials;
Resource efficient materials;
Materials from renewable resources;
Sensitive to its neighbors and context;
Use of locally manufactured building materials

  • carbon footprint - The total set of greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by an [individual, event, organisation, product] expressed as CO2e. Source: Carbon Trust
  • life cycle cost - is the product life cost. In the past this has been primarily a way of assessing ‘cost of ownership’ throughout life, which totals capital cost, running costs, servicing and maintenance, and eventually disposal. The concept can however be extended to cover the product’s impact on the environment and/or the energy involved in the activities, remembering that all purchased materials will have consumed energy at all stages from the extraction of raw materials to final manufacture. Source: University of Bolton
  • life cycle assessment -A 'Life Cycle Assessment'('LCA', also known as 'life cycle analysis', 'ecobalance', and 'cradle-to-grave analysis') is the investigation and valuation of the environmental impacts of a given product or service caused or necessitated by its existence. Source:
  • greenwashing - is the practice of making an unsubstantiated or misleading claim about the environmental benefits of a product, service, technology or company practice. Greenwashing can make a company appear to be more environmentally friendly than it really is. It can also be used to differentiate a company's products or services from its competitors by promising more efficient use of power or by being more cost-effective over time. Source:
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