Glossary of Housing Terms – The A to Z of Housing Terms
This Glossry of Housing Terms is an invaluable reference text from CMHC has been used for three decades by people in the housing industry and by university and college students enrolled in construction-related education programs.
Completely revised, this comprehensive, up-to-date glossary incorporates more than 300 new definitions to reflect current construction terminology. Selected illustrations from the companion volume, Canadian Wood-Frame House Construction, are included. Here’s a sample:
air permeability (perméabilité à l’air, f.) A measurement of the degree to which a building material or component allows air to pass through it when it is subjected to a differential pressure.
air pocket (poche d’air, f.) A space or void created by trapped air that accidentally occurs in concrete as a result of poor consolidation.
air pressure (pression d’air, f.) The force per unit of area exerted by the atmosphere (e.g atmospheric air pressure) or that is created by mechanical devices (e.g compressors, fans, pumps). It can have two components: static pressure which is the actual pressure of the fluid, which is associated not with its motion but with its state. Dynamic pressure is associated with the velocity of air flow. air shutter See Heating and cooling terms. air space (lame d’air, m.) A cavity or space in walls, windows, or other enclosed parts of a building between various members.
air-supported structure (structure gonflable, f.) A structure consisting of a pliable membrane that achieves and maintains its shape by internal air pressure.
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