Organic to VOCs; Eco Friendly Architectural Definitions


Products that are commonly produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides and other harmful chemicals.

Photovoltaic (PV)

Cell or devices that directly convert sunlight into electricity.

Real-time pricing

A utility monitoring and billing structure whereby consumers are billed for the power they use on hourly market prices. This structure enables consumers to use power during non-peak times to save money. ComEd currently offers this program to consumers. Visit Care_Main/ComedCare/learn/RealTime-PricingPrg/ for more information.

Renewable energy

energy from sources that regenerate or reoccur such as wind or sunlight.


Practice of making products or materials using resources that can be quickly replaced or replenished.

Urban Heat Island Effect

The phenomenon whereby metropolitan areas are significantly warmer than surrounding areas. This temperature increase occurs because cities are composed of more artificial surfaces such as asphalt and concrete, and these materials easily absorb the sun’s heat, causing the temperature of the area to rise.


Volatile organic compounds (found in paints and carpet glue) are the leading cause of indoor air pollution. Eco-tip: Look for no-VOC or low-VOC paints and other home products to decrease the amount of pollution inside your home. Go to html to learn more about VOCs.

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