Category: Glossary

Cradle-to-Gate

Cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment defines all impacts of a material or product from all of its components and processes to produce a functional unit of

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Downcycling

Downcycling is the recycling of a material into a material of lesser quality. The terms downcycle and downcycling were first used by Reiner Pilz of

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BEES

Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability, developed by the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Building and Fire Research Laboratory, http://www.bfrl.nist.gov/oae/software/bees/bees.html

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LED

Light-emitting diode, a semiconductor diode that glows when a voltage is applied.More info on Wikipedia.

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Teratogenic

(adj) of or relating to substances or agents that can interfere with normal embryonic development.

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NZGBC

New Zealand Green Building Council, http://www.nzgbc.org.nz.The New Zealand Green Building Council is an industry organisation dedicated to accelerating the development and adoption of market-based green

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GECA

Good Environmental Choice Australia, http://www.geca.org.au.

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LCA

life cycle assessment (LCA) is the compilation and evaluation of the inputs, outputs and the potential environmental impacts of a product system throughout its life

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Feedstock

This is raw material directly used in the production of goods. This is not the same as fuel used to power the production process as

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GWP

Global Warming Potentials (GWP) are calculated as the ratio of the radiative forcing of one kilogramme of greenhouse gas emitted to the atmosphere to that

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