PragmaticStatisticabout 1 year ago
There is a need for such a design glossary. However, as a retired marketing communications manager for architectural products applied by architects, engineers, space planners and interior design professionals, I discovered when writing a white paper on building performance, social design, and sustainability issues, that my design professional clients used industry terminology in a manner that makes these words proprietary to them as a design source. In other words, they slanted the use of these words to make prospective clients choose them rather than their competition. Thus, it makes it hard to compare design sources on an apples to apples basis. By doing so keeps them from becoming a commodity.
So, when dealing with shading coefficients, daylighting, the pros and cons of social design involving large window walls, building energy conservation, and sustainability issues, I found it hard to get a consensus among them on common terminology I wanted to use in my white paper. I ended up applying my own less complex definitions as they applied specifically to shade systems.
So how the terminology is used depends on who the reader is, and who the writer is.