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Age of premises or equipment in years.

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The space inside the boundary of a 2 dimensional shape. This can be used with many other terms, including Location, Conditioning Status, Opaque Surface, to characterize the area of particular components.

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Aspect Ratio

The ratio of width to length, of a premises

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Degrees clockwise from North. For a premises, it is the azimuth of the front facing element. It can also be applied to envelope components, such as walls, windows (fenestration), as well as on-site generation technologies, such as photovoltaic panels. Legal Values: 0 - 360

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Generic term to add boolean constrained list options to any term

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Building Energy Code Or Standard

The name of an energy efficiency code or standard that is applied to building construction requirements.

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Building Energy Code Or Standard Version

The version number, such as "90.1" for ASHRAE Standard.

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Building Energy Code Year

Year for the Energy Code or Standard used with the Energy Code term. As the energy codes and standards are updated, dates are assigned for version control. There can be significant changes between different year versions, so it is important to capture the year of the standard as it applies to the building in question.


The capacity value of the associated equipment or system

Capacity Qualifier

The capacity refers to the energy or physical load amount that equipment can handle.

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Cardinal Orientation

Orientation of a surface or premises in terms of the attributes of North, South, East and West. Can be applied to the orientation of the front of the building, of a specific surface (wall, roof), window or skylight, or on-site generation technology, such as photovoltaic panels. A diagram for the constrained list choices will be provided when the web site is developed.

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Circadian Stimulus

CS - This metric indicates how well a one-hour exposure to a light source producing a certain light level and wavelength of light stimulates the circadian system, based on its ability to suppress the hormone melatonin. It ranges from 0.1, the threshold for circadian activation, to 0.7, which represents saturation.

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Color of a material or component. Can be applied to opaque surfaces, materials, and so forth.

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Description of a component's condition.

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Conditioning Status

A description of the state of "conditioning" of a premises or space, where conditioning is primarily concerned with heating, cooling and ventilation.

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Consumption Rate

Rate at which resource is consumed by the system.

Consumption Rate Type

Rate measurement type for resource consumption of the system.

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Qualifier for various dimensional terms to clarify the coordinate direction

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Date Status

Status of the associated Date

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Demand Response Participation

Demand response participation requires changes in electric usage by end-use customers from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity over time, or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized.

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Mass per unit volume.

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Dimension of the distance from the front to the back, such as the depth of structural framing in a wall or floor. It can also be the distance from the top to the bottom, such as the depth of a tank or pool of a component or material, such as the depth of the structural framing

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A longer text description.

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Diameter of an object

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