CFL– Compact fluorescent lamp
Embodied Energy – Energy that is used during the entire life cycle of a particular product, including the manufacturing, transporting, and disposing of the product as well as the inherent energy captured within the product itself.
Greenwashing—Claiming a product is environmentally sensitive when it is not.
IAQ – Indoor air quality. An increasingly important issue as more toxins are introduced into our interior environment while our homes are becoming more tightly sealed for energy efficiency.
LED – Light-emitting diode it is a low power light that is usually used in small electronics, but is now being used in items such as cars and flashlights.
Natural Ventilation – Ventilation provided by thermal, wind, or diffusion effects through doors, windows, or other interior openings.
Post-consumer recycled content – The amount of recycled material from household waste collection in a product. For example, glass from empty bottles set out for curbside collection.
Pre-consumer recycled content – The amount of recycled materials from industrial waste collection in a product. For instance, scrap metal leftover from the production of aluminum picture frames.
Rapidly Renewable Materials – Agricultural products such as fiber and animal that take 10 years or less to grow or raise and that are harvested in an ongoing and sustainable fashion.
Reclaimed – A product made from material that has already been used for another purpose. An example is old barn wood that is reclaimed for kitchen flooring.
Salvaged Materials – Construction materials recovered from existing building or construction sites and reused in other buildings. Common salvaged materials include structural beams and posts, flooring, doors, cabinetry, brick, door hardware, and decorative items.
VOC – Volatile organic compounds. Chemicals such as toluene, acetone, and xylene, which off-gas into the air at room temperature and can cause respiratory and other health problems. VOCs are typically found in furniture and cabinets made from particle board, paints, and carpet adhesives.