Green buildings is many things, including a foreign language to some. Here's a green-to-English glossary that can, at the very least, impress a few friends at a neighborhood party on a Saturday night. content producer Celeste Perron puts together a list of terms to know when one of the priorities is to do planet-friendlier home improvements. Add to that, the performance characteristics underlying the terms can put a few dollars back in a homeowner's pocket as well. Perron writes:

Volatile organic compounds
VOCs are chemicals used in paints, furniture, carpet, and construction materials—such as fluorine, chlorine, bromine, and nitrogen—that easily vaporize and may pose health issues. So if you go green, choose low-VOC products.

These get you started. Practice up and we'll get to R-values next week.
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