A systematic process for ensuring that building systems perform as efficiently as possible.
The process of taking buildings / structures apart so that components can be reused or recycled.
Life-cycle Assessment (LCA)
Reviewing the full life of a product and its impact on the environment including: mining of the raw material; refining and creating a finished product; transportation to the site; installation in the project; resources used during its life; and its final disposal.
Life-cycle Cost (LCC)
Reviewing the full life cycle of a product and the cost to use it in the project including: the first cost of the product; the cost to operate and maintain it; and the cost of disposal.
A process or choice that must be included in the project.
A process or choice that is not required but should be included in the project.
Using resources in a way and at a rate that allows people to meet their needs, while allowing future generations to meet their needs.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
Chemicals whose presence in the air may frequently cause poor air quality.