BEDES Dictionary

Version 2.6

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Designated if third party has been granted authorization.

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Address Separator Element

A symbol, word, or phrase used as a separator between components of a complex element or class. The separator is required for intersection addresses and for two number address ranges, and it may be used in constructing a complete address name. Example separator elements are: "and", "at", "@", "&", "-", "/". Can also include prepositional phrases like in "Avenue of the Americas", the Address Separator Element = "of the".

Address Number Suffix

The portion of the complete address number which follows the Address Number itself. In some areas the street number may contain non-numeric characters. This field can also contain extensions and modifiers to the street number, such as "1/2" or "-B". This street number field should not include Prefixes, Direction or Suffixes.

Address Number Prefix

The portion of the complete address number which precedes the Address Number itself.

Address Number

The numeric identifier for a land parcel, house, building, or other location along a thoroughfare or within a community.

Address Line 2

Information other than a prefix or suffix for the street portion of a postal address.

Address Line 1

This address represents a complete street address, including street number, street name, prefixes, suffixes, modifiers, and unit number.

Address Label

Characterization of the address

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Account Status

The status of customer's account or application. Example: the building profile submission process for Portfolio Manager.

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Window To Wall Ratio

Ratio of total window area to total wall area, where the total wall area is calculated using the floor to floor height, rather than the floor to ceiling height.

Weatherstrip Status

Whether a premises or feature, such as a door or window, is weatherstripped.

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Weatherstrip Description

Material used in weatherstipping application. This can apply to doors, windows, as well as system components such as refrigeration doors. 

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Visible Transmittance

The fraction of radiation in the visible solar spectrum (0.4 to 0.7 micrometers) that passes through a material. Legal values: 0-1.

Vertical Surroundings

Attachments to the outermost vertical surfaces of the premises.

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Solar Reflectance Index

A measure of a roof's ability to reject solar heat, as shown by a small temperature rise. It is defined so that a standard black (reflectance 0.05, emittance 0.90) is 0 and a standard white (reflectance 0.80, emittance 0.90) is 100. SRI

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

The ratio of the solar heat gain entering the space through the fenestration product to the incident solar radiation. Solar heat gain includes directly transmitted solar heat and that portion of the absorbed solar radiation which is then reradiated, conducted, or convected into the space. Legal values: 0-1.

Sill Height

Distance from the floor to the lower horizontal surface at the window opening.

Shell Area

The total surface area of the exterior envelope of a building

Shading System

A system that can be added to a fenestration system which blocks or redirects some amount of the solar radiation coming through the fenestration system. A shading system can be located on the inside or outside of a fenestration system, and it can also be added between the glass (or plastic) layers of a glazing system. The location can be specified using the Location term.

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Roof Shape

Architectural description of the exterior shape of the roof. If the roof has more than one shape, this is the primary roof shape. Illustrations to be added when the website is developed.

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Radiant Barrier Location

Installed location of radiant barrier

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Radiant Barrier

Type of radiant barrier in the construction

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Plumbing Penetration Sealing

Type of plumbing penetration sealing

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Percent Vision Glazing

The percent of the glass portion of an exterior window, relative to the wall area, that permits views to the exterior or interior. Vision glazing must allow a clear image of the exterior and must not be obstructed by frits, fibers, patterned glazing, or added tints that distort color balance. (USGBC)

Percent Skylight Area

The percent of the skylight area relative to the roof area.