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Shading Coefficient The ratio of solar
heat gain through a glazing system to the solar heat gain through a single
layer of clear glass.
Sick Building Syndrome - According to the Environmental Protection Agency and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Sick Building Syndrome is defined as “situations in which building occupants experience acute health and/or comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a particular building, but where no specific illness or cause can be identified. The complaints may be localized in a particular room or zone, or may be spread throughout the building.”
Solar Collector A device used to absorb heat from the sun. In the context of buildings, the absorbed energy typically heats water, which is then used for space heating and/or domestic hot water.
Spectrally Selective Glazing Glazing that has a high transmittance of visible light but low transmittance of solar heat gain.
Superwindow A window with a very low U-value achieved through the use of multiple glazings, low-e coatings, and gas fills. A gas fill is the use of an inert gas, usually Argon or Krypton, placed between sealed panes of glazing in order to provide resistance to heat flow.
Sustainability The concept of sustainability can be traced back to President Theodore Roosevelt who stated in 1910, “ I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us. ” In 1987 the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (The Brundtland Commission) defined a sustainable development as one that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Sustainability has three interdependent dimensions relating to the environment, economics and society—often referred to as the triple bottom line.