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Glossary

Radiation

The movement of energy by electromagnetic waves; can occur through a gas or a vacuum.  One of the three modes of heat transfer (in addition to convection and conduction). At normal temperatures, radiation is in the infra-red region of the spectrum, whereas solar radiation is at visible wavelengths. Controlling radiation is important to both heat transfer through porous insulations and through windows, as well as playing a significant role in daylighting and solar heating.

Related resource: BSD-011: Thermal Control in Buildings