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%

per cent

°C

degrees Celsius

24/7

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

A

ampere

AAC

autoclaved aerated concrete

ABCB

Australian Building Codes Board

ABS

Australian Bureau of Statistics

ABSA

Association of Building Sustainability Assessors

AC

alternating current

ACA

Australian Consumers’ Association

ACH50

air tightness metric

ADSL

asymmetric digital subscriber line

AFRC

Australian Fenestration Rating Council

AGO

Australian Greenhouse Office

AIBS

Australian Institute of Building Surveyors

AS

Australian Standard

AS/NZS

Australian and New Zealand Standard

ASBEC

Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council

ATA

Alternative Technology Association

AV

audiovisual

AWA

Australian Window Association

BASIX

Building Sustainability Index

BCA

Building Code of Australia

BDAV

Building Designers Association of Victoria

BERS

Building Energy Rating Scheme software

BIPV

building integrated photovoltaic

BOM

Bureau of Meteorology

BREEAM

British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method

CCA

copper chrome arsenate

CCAA

Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia

CCFL

cold cathode fluorescent lamp

CCT

correlated colour temperature

CEN

Comité Européen de Normalisation (European Committee for Standardization)

CFC

chlorofluorocarbons

CFL

compact fluorescent lamp

cm

centimetre

CO2

carbon dioxide

CRC

cooperative research centre

CRC WMPC

CRC for Waste Management and Pollution Control

CRI

colour rendering index

CRT

cathode ray tube

CSIRO

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

CT

composting toilet

Db

decibel

DC

direct current

DCCEE

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

DEWHA

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

DHRD

Department of Housing and Regional Development

DITRDLG

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

DIY

do it yourself

DRET

Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism

DSEWPAC

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

DVD

digital video disk

E0 or super E0

low formaldehyde product

EBAA

Earth Building Association of Australia

ECS

Environmental Classification System

EE

embodied energy

EES

Energy Efficient Strategies

EMS

energy management system

EPS

expanded polystyrene

FRC

fibre reinforced cement

FRP

fire resistance period

FSC

Forest Stewardship Council

GECA

Good Environmental Choice Australia

GER

gross energy requirement

GGE

greenhouse gas emission

GJ

gigajoules (one billion joules)

GreenTag

Global Green Tag product certification

HDPE

high density polyethylene

HEPA

high-efficiency particulate air filter

HIA

Housing Industry Association

HVAC

heating, ventilation and air conditioning

HWS

hot water service

ICF

insulating concrete forms

IGU

insulated glass unit

IHD

in-home display

IIC

impact insulation class

ISF

Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

ISO

International Organization for Standardization

K

Kelvin

kg

kilogram

kJ/m2 degrees K

thermal storage capacity

kL

kilolitre

kW

kilowatt

kWh

kilowatt hour

kWp

kilowatt peak

L

litre

LCA

life cycle assessment

LCC

life cycle costing

LCD

liquid crystal display

LDPE

low density polyethylene

LED

light emitting diode

LFE

low formaldehyde emission

low e

low emissivity (glass)

LOSP

light organic solvent particles

LPG

liquified petroleum gas

LVL

laminated veneer lumber

m

metre

m/s

metre per second

m2

square metre

MBA

Master Builders Australia

MDF

medium density fibreboard

MEPS

Minimum Energy Performance Standards

MJ

megajoules

mm

millimetre

MNs/g

meganewton seconds per gram

MRTFC

multi-residential timber framed construction

MW

megawatt

NABERS

National Australian Built Environment Rating System

NASH

National Association of Steel Framed Housing

NatHERS

Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme

NCC

National Construction Code

NFRC

National Fenestration Rating Council (USA)

NNW

north-north-west

NPI

National Pollutant Inventory

NOx

nitrous oxide

NZS

New Zealand Standard

Pa

pascal

PCB

polychlorinated biphenyl

PCM

phase change material

PHEV

plug-in hybrid electric vehicle

PEFC

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification

PER

process energy requirement

PV

photovoltaic

PVA

polyvinyl acetate

PVC

polyvinyl chloride

R value

measure of thermal resistance (insulation)

RAA

Royal Automobile Association

RFL

reflective foil laminate

rpm

revolutions per minute

Rw

weighted sound reduction index

SAA

Standards Association of Australia

SEAV

Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria

SHGCw

solar heat gain coefficient

SIP

structural insulated panel

SMCMA

Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority

STC

Small-scale technology certificate

STC

sound transmission class

SWOT

strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats

TDD

tubular daylighting devices

TOD

transit oriented development

TOU

time of use

TV

television

TVw

visible light transmittance (in windows) (see also VLT)

U value

measure of thermal performance

Uw

measure of thermal performance in windows

uPVC

unplasticised polyvinyl chloride

UV

ultraviolet

V

volt

VCR

videocassette recorder

VHC

volumetric heat capacity

VLT

visible light transmittance

VOC

volatile organic compound

VOIP

voice over internet protocol

W

watt

W/m2

watts per square metre (measure of radiance)

WCED

World Commission on Environment and Development

WELS

Water Efficiency Labelling Standards scheme

WERS

Window Energy Rating Scheme

WERSfs

Window Energy Rating Scheme for Skylights

WIRES

Wildlife Information and Rescue Service

Wp

watts peak

WSUD

water sensitive urban design