Glossary

The following is a compilation of building energy-code related terms and acronyms used on the Building Energy Codes website and throughout the building construction industry.

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K

Kelvin.

kg

Kilogram.

Kilovolt-Ampere (KVA)

Where the term "kilovolt-ampere" (KVA) is used, it is the product of the line current (amperes) times the nominal system voltage (kilovolts) times 1.732 for three-phase currents. For single-phase applications, KVA is the product of the line current (amperes) times the nominal system voltage (kilovolts).

Kilowatt (kW)

The basic unit of electric power, equal to 1000 W.

kWh

Kilowatt-hour.