Building Research Establishment
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. A suite of environmental assessment rating tools designed, operated and owned by BRE, first launched in 1990.
An invisible odorless gas which is the by product of energy generated from fossil fuels including gas, oil and coal. It is a significant contributor to global warming and climate change.
Communities and Local Government
UK Government Department responsible for Communities and Local Government; owners of the CSH.
See Code for Sustainable Homes
Code for Sustainable Homes
Government owned environmental assessment method for certifying and rating new homes in England. It was launched in April 2007.
Code for Sustainable Homes
(see Code for Sustainable Homes)
BREEAM Version for new homes, first launched in 2000 and now replaced in England for new dwellings by the Code. EcoHomes remains in operation for refurbished homes in the UK, and all dwellings in Scotland.
The Energy Performance Certificate records a home’s energy and CO2 emission performance rating which is calculated using SAP for dwellings. Energy Performance Certificates display the energy efficiency of a home on a scale of A-G. The most efficient homes – which should have the lowest fuel bills – are in band A. The Certificate also shows, on a scale of A-G, the environmental impact of the home.
Further information available from www.homeinformationpacks.gov.uk
An accessory or included fitting which provides a fixed amount of obstruction in a water supply. This has the effect of causing less water to flow from it than would otherwise flow from a fully open outlet.
An accessory or included fitting which not only provides an obstruction in a water supply, but also has a limited ability to compensate for changing pressures within that supply helping to provide a consistent reduction in flow to particular valve (e.g. 6 litres/ minute)
The Energy Savings Trust was established by the UK government in 1993 following the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. EST provides independent evidence-based policy analysis on energy efficiency, small-scale renewable technologies such as Solar PV, Small Scale Wind and Ground Source Heat Pumps and clean, low carbon transport, covering both the UK and Europe.
Further information available from www.energysavingstrust.org.uk
Any shower, tap or bath mixer described as thermostatic has hot and cold water supplying it and has the means of keeping its water temperature stable once set without manual adjustment. To a greater or lesser extent the valve will also have the ability to gradually stop all water flowing out of the product when either the hot or cold supply is turned off.
MINIMUM OPERATING PRESSURE
Denotes the amount of pressure required to get water coming out of the fitting. This does not take account of any particular flow rate (which are normally very low in systems operating close to this threshold) it is simply the minimum pressure required to have the fitting physically operating.
Generally accompanied by a logo, this denotes that the fitting is suitable for use in a healthcare environment. The TMV3 logo can only be displayed as a result of independent testing by water industry experts.
Generally accompanied by a logo, this denotes that the fitting is suitable for use in general domestic environments. The TMV2 Logo can only be displayed as a result of independent testing by water industry experts.
Water Regulations Advisory Scheme Approval denotes that a product has been independently tested and found to be compliant with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and the Scottish Byelaws.
|AC||Alternating Current||ACoP||Approved Code of Practice|
|AD L1A||Approved Document L1A||ADE||Approved Document E|
|BRE||Building Research Establishment Assessment Method||BREEAM||Building Research Establishment Environment|
|BS||British Standard||BSRIA||Building Services Research and Information Ass.|
|CCS||Considerate Constructors Scheme||CFL||Compact Fluorescent Lamp|
|CH4||Methane||CHP||Combined Heat and Power|
|CIBSE||Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers||CO2||Carbon Dioxide|
|CoC||Chain of Custody||Code||Code for Sustainable Homes|
|CPET||Central Point of Expertise on Timber||CSA||Canadian Standards Association|
|DC||Direct Current||DECC||Department for Energy & Climate Change|
|DEFRA||Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs||DER||Dwelling Emission Rate|
|EMAS||Eco Management and Audit Scheme||EMS||Environmental Management System|
|EN||European Normalization||EPC||Energy Performance Certificate|
|EPDM||Ethylene propylene Diene Monomer||EPIs||Environmental Performance Indicators|
|ESCO||Energy Services Company||EST||Energy Savings Trust|
|FRA||Flood Risk Assessment||FSC||Forest Stewardship Council|
|GLS||General Lighting Services||GRP||Glass Reinforced Plastic|
|GSHP||Ground Source Heat Pumps||GWP||Global Warming Potential|
|HFCs||Hydrofluorocarbons||HLP||Heat Loss Parameter|
|ICoP||Interim Code of Practice||ISO||International Organization of Standardisation|
|LCA||Life Cycle Assessment||LED||Light Emitting Diode|
|LZC||Low or Zero Carbon|
|MCS||Microgeneration Certification Scheme||MDF||Medium Density Fibreboard|
|MTCC||The Malaysian Timber Certification Council||MVHR||Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery|
|NAFRA||National Flood Risk Assessment||NIFA||Net Internal Floor Area|
|O2||Oxygen||OSB||Oriented Strand Board|
|PCS||Post Construction Stage||PEFC||Programme of Endorsement of Forest Certification|
|PFCs||Perfluorocarbons||PIR||Passive Infra Red (Movement Detecting Devices)|
|PVC||Poly Vinyl Chloride|
|RDL||Robust Details Limited||RIBA||Royal Institute of British Architects|
|SAP||Standard Assessment Procedure||SBD||Secured by Design|
|SF6||Sulphur Hexafluoride||SFI||Sustainable Forestry Initiative|
|HPS||High Pressure Sodium Lamp||SUDS||Sustainable Drainage Systems|
|SWMP||Site Waste Management Plan|
|TER||Target Emission Rate||TFL||Tubular Fluorescent Lamp|
|VOC||Volatile Organic Compound|