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R-Value - A unit of thermal resistance. A material’s
R-value is a measure of the effectiveness of the material in stopping the
flow of heat through it. The higher a material’s R-value, the greater
its insulating properties and the slower the heat flow through it.
Rainwater Harvesting - The collection, storage, and reuse of rainwater.
Recycling - A series of processes that include collection, separation, and processing by which products and raw materials are recovered and reused in lieu of disposal as solid or liquid wastes. Commonly recycled items include cans and bottles, paper and industrial solvents. Recycling can also apply to construction materials, and even to buildings themselves.
Regeneration - Renewal of sites or habitats that have become unfit for human, animal, or plant habitation, bringing them back into productive use. The term most commonly refers to urban and industrial land.
Renewable Energy Sources - Energy sources that replenish themselves naturally within a short period of time. Sources of renewable energy include solar energy, hydroelectric power, geothermal energy, wind power, ocean thermal energy, wave power, wind power and fuel wood.
Return On Investment (ROI) - An economic indicator that is used to evaluate the effectiveness of an investment. It is calculated as the ratio of the amount gained or lost relative to the amount invested. Simple ROI analyses do not take the time value of money into account. On the other hand, dynamic ROI analyses recognize that the value of money does change over time.