By Ken Yeang
The 1st guide to the terminology of sustainable design. Written by way of an across the world well known specialist within the box, this illustrated dictionary offers over 1500 definitions and motives of ecodesign phrases. offering a special source for the practitioner and student, this book leaves the reader unfastened to 'dip' out and in of the publication taking into account 'bite-sized' studying at their very own comfort. it's a necessary reference for all architects, engineers, planners and environmentalists taken with designing and making plans initiatives and schemes within the outfitted surroundings.
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Biotic Refers to living organisms. Biotic integrity Ability to support and maintain balanced, integrated functionality in the natural habitat of a given region. Bipolar plates Conductive plate in a fuel cell stack that acts as an anode for one cell and a cathode for the adjacent cell. See also: Fuel cells Black body Theoretical object that absorbs 100% of the radiation that hits it. Therefore it reﬂects no radiation and appears perfectly black. It is the opposite of an object that has 100% albedo reﬂectivity.
Bioclimatic design See: Passive mode design Bioclimatology Branch of climatology that deals with the effects of the physical environment on living organisms over an extended period; study of the effects of climatic conditions on living organisms. Bioconversion Conversion of biomass to ethanol, methanol, or methane. Converting plants and microorganisms into energy. Biodegradable Characteristic of a substance that can be broken down by a living organism into simple compounds such as carbon dioxide and water.
Making hydrogen by splitting water would not add CO2 to the atmosphere, and hydrogen produced from water does not contain carbon monoxide so it does not subject fuel cell electrodes to poisoning. See also: Photosynthesis Asbestos An air pollutant. Name given to a number of naturally occurring, ﬁbrous silicate 20 ASHRAE minerals whose properties include chemical and thermal stability and high tensile strength. Asbestos was commonly used as an acoustic insulator, thermal insulator, and ﬁre-proofer, and in other building materials.