Green Glossary Terms
The total amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted by a building, product, or service over its lifetime, usually expressed in grams of CO2. The bigger the footprint, the more significant the global warming impact.
Coal, oil, natural gas, and other materials derived from the fossilized remains of plants and animals.
Buildings that have minimal impact on the environment because they are designed to conserve energy, water, land, and other natural resources. Green architecture is more a set of strategies and values than an architectural style.
A natural and biologically essential process in which certain gases (carbon dioxide, methane, ozone) trap energy from the sun to keep the earth’s temperature relatively constant. Life would be impossible without the greenhouse effect; raised to the power of 10, however, it leads to global warming.