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A glossary of most abbreviations and acronyms found in this site

Submitted by: MikeC (Admin) on 09-Mar-07 08:41:00 PM

AHIPP - Association of Home Information Pack Providers 

aM&T - Automatic Monitoring and Targeting

BRE - Building Research Establishment

CPD - Continuing Professional Development

The art of keeping your skills and knowledge up to date!

DCLG - Department for Communities and Local Government

EPBD - Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

"The EPBD Buildings Platform is an information service with a dedicated helpdesk to answer questions about implementing the directive. Targeting practitioners and consultants, experts in energy agencies, interest groups and national policy-makers in the member states, it supports the full implementation of the EPBD through mechanisms for the transfer of information between all stakeholders."

EPC - Energy Performance Certificates

HCR - Home Condition Reports

HIP - Home Information Packs

IEE-SAVE - Intelligent Energy Europe programme:

Funds cross-border projects supporting EPBD take-up. Examples of projects selected range from energy performance assessment for existing non-residential buildings and the development of performance assessment tools to the retrofitting of social housing.

ROC - Renewables Obligation Certificates

ROC's are administered by Ofgem whom provide accreditation certificates to electricity suppliers who are obligated to source a proportion of their supplies from renewable sources.

SAP - Standard Assessment Procedure for Energy Rating of Dwellings

SAP 2005 is adopted by the government as part of the UK national methodology for calculation of the energy performance of buildings. It is used to demonstrate compliance for dwellings with Part L of the Building Regulations (England and Wales) and to provide energy ratings for dwellings.

VAV - Variable Air Volume

Air conditioning systems will have to achieve the same specific fan power at 25% flow as at 100% (for motors consuming more than 1.1 kW) . This will mean that only systems employing variable speed drives (VSDs) – also known as inverters – will satisfy the new standards. It is estimated this will save at least 40% of the power previously required to run the fans at varying loads.

VSD - Variable Speed Drives (See VAV (above))


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