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GREEN is a term now widely used to describe
buildings designed and constructed with minimal negative impact to the environment
and with an emphasis on conservation of resources, energy efficiency, and
healthful interior spaces.
SUSTAINABILITY refers to the concept that new development must meet the needs of the present without compromising those of the future. Sustainability is measured in three interdependent dimensions: the environment, economics, and society—often referred to as the triple bottom line.
This glossary defines the often-daunting terminology associated with green building. Revised by its original author, engineer Ashok Raiji, P.E., a principal at ARUP, the glossary has been recycled from the book Big & Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century, published in 2002 by Princeton Architectural Press in connection with a pioneering exhibition of the same name at the National Building Museum in Washington, D. C.
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