The R value or R-value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the building and construction industry. The bigger the number, the better the building insulation's effectiveness. R value is the reciprocal of U-value. Often used as a measure of bulk insulation products, such as a Batts.
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A device designed to reduce or stop the flow of radiant energy.Search the Web for Radiant Barrier
A heating system that warms the floor, which radiates heat to the whole house. Often either electrical or hot water based.Search the Web for Radiant Floor Heating
An increase in temperature with height due to radiational cooling of the earth's surface. Also called a nocturnal inversion.Search the Web for Radiation Inversion
A change in the balance between incoming solar radiation and outgoing infrared radiation. Without any radiative forcing, solar radiation coming to the Earth would continue to be approximately equal to the infrared radiation emitted from the Earth. The addition of greenhouse gases traps an increased fraction of the infrared radiation, radiating it back toward the surface and creating a warming influence.Search the Web for Radiative Forcing
An area of diminished precipitation on the lee (downwind) side of a mountain or mountain range.Search the Web for Rainshadow
Rainwater harvesting refers to the act of 'keeping' rainwater that falls on your roof for use later. This implies that the a certain amount of plumbing is done to collect the water to a central tank, then plumbing is done to provide the water where needed. Also overflow plumbing needs to be done for when the tank is full.
This is often done to reduce a building's dependence on piped 'town water' or to provide fresh water where town water is not available. The water so collected is suitable for drinking as long the roof is clean and the water tank is rated for potable water storage.
See here for an online calculator to work out the amount of water you can harvest and the size of tank you need in relation to your water usage.
Reused heat or energy that otherwise would be lost. For example, a combined cycle power plant recaptures some of its own waste heat and reuses it to make extra electric power.Search the Web for Recovered Energy
Fragments of products or finished products of a manufacturing process, which has converted a resource into a commodity of real economic value, and includes pre-consumer and post-consumer material but does not include excess resources of the manufacturing process.Search the Web for Recovered Material
Recycling involves processing used materials into new products
Replanting of forests on lands that have recently been harvested.Search the Web for Reforestation
A product that has been completely disassembled and restored to its original working order while maximizing the reuse of its original materials.Search the Web for Refurbished Product
Ability of an ecosystem to maintain relative ecological integrity indefinitely.Search the Web for Relative Ecological Sustainability
Relative humidity is a term used to describe the amount of water vapor in a mixture of air and water vapor. It is defined as the partial pressure
of water vapor in the air-water mixture, given as a percentage of the
saturated vapor pressure, under those conditions
The relative humidity of air thus changes not only with respect to the absolute humidity (moisture content) but also temperature and pressure, upon which the saturated vapor pressure depends. Relative humidity is often used instead of absolute humidity in situations where the rate of water evaporation is important, as it takes into account the variation in saturated vapor pressure.
Any product diverted from the supply of discarded materials by refurbishing and marketing said product without substantial change to its original form.Search the Web for Remanufactured Product
Energy obtained from sources that are essentially inexhaustible, unlike, for example, the fossil fuels, of which there is a finite supply. Renewable sources of energy include wood, waste, geothermal, wind, photovoltaic, and solar thermal energy.Search the Web for Renewable Energy
Fish species that complete their entire life cycle in freshwater. Non-anadromous fish. An example is rainbow trout.Search the Web for Resident Fish
A practice in which the primary consideration of material use begins with the concept of "Reduce - Reuse - Recycle - Repair" stated in descending order of priority.
This concept may be applied in everyday life to help promote a sustainable society. In design, begin by reducing the amount of material that is specified; find ways to reuse materials, recycle products or product waste; specify products made from recycled materials; and repair or restore products instead of replacing them.
The heating of oil shale to get the oil out from it.Search the Web for Retorting
A form of outdoor advertising with a clean is green message.Essentially it is created by power washing a message into a dirty surface such as a side-walk or an outdoor concrete wall. A specific form of green graffiti.
How legal such graffiti is depends on the laws in force for the area concerned. Some local governments require any form of advertising to require prior permission before placement. Also careful consideration needs to be given to the effect of power cleaning on the actual material being cleaned, it could well promote breaking down the exposed surface quicker than would have otherwise being the case.
An area of land directly influenced by water. An ecosystem that is transitional between land and water ecosystems. Riparian areas usually have visible vegetative or physical characteristics reflecting the influence of water. River sides, lake borders, and marshes are typical riparian areas.Search the Web for Riparian Area
Riparian areas that are managed to protect the aquatic and riparian ecosystem. A riparian buffer protects water quality and temperature, habitat along the banks, upland habitat for aquatic and riparian species, and some or all of the floodplain.Search the Web for Riparian Buffer
The rights of water use possessed by a person owning land containing or bordering a water course or lake.Search the Web for Riparian Rights
A rotating, cigar-shaped cloud that sometimes precedes a thunderstorm. Often seen in UFO photographs.Search the Web for Roll Cloud
Fish not prized for sport or eating, such as gar and suckers. Most are more tolerant of changing environmental conditions than are game or food species.Search the Web for Rough Fish