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Remodeling vocabulary

  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs): A direct energy efficient replacement for the incandescent lamp due to greatly improved color, long life and very good payback. CFLs are 75 per cent more efficient and last 7-10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
  • Deciduous trees: Trees that lose their leaves during part of the year.
  • Green roof: A green roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane.
  • Heating, Ventilating, & Air Conditioning (HVAC): The general industry term encompassing a variety of home comfort equipment, including air conditioners, furnaces, thermostats, filters, ductwork and filters. Mechanical systems that supply or remove heat, supply or remove humidity, and supply outdoor air as required.
  • House wrap: A polyurethane barrier applied to the outside of a house before the siding is applied. It is also known as a weather resistant barrier as it allows moisture to escape but keeps the elements out.
  • Passive solar design: The conscious orientation, layout, window area and position, and thermal mass (the use of building materials that store heat in winter and cool off in summer). This kind of design seeks to use the least amount of energy possible by using natural resources through the design.
  • R-value: A measure of resistance to the flow of heat. Higher R-values indicate a material's greater ability to insulate.
  • Tax credit: an allowed deduction for a behavior in return that can be subtracted from your income tax. If you are entitled to a $1,500 credit because of a weatherization program, and your income tax would otherwise be $10,000, the credit would reduce the tax due to $8,500.
  • Weatherization: Weatherization or weatherproofing is the practice of protecting a building and its interior from the elements, particularly from sunlight, precipitation, and wind, and of modifying a building to reduce energy consumption and optimize energy efficiency.
  • Work triangle: The distance between the three primary work centers (cooking surface, clean-up/prep primary sink, and refrigeration). Ideally between 12 and 26 feet in total length.