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bacteria
A one-celled micro organism that is generally parasitic and without chlorophyll. These cells need an organic substance for carbohydrates in order to feed and grow. Certain bacterium can cause diseases in humans and animals.

bactericide
A chemical substance used to destroy (kill) bacteria and spores.

back fill
To replace an excavated area with fill (dirt, soil, stones, etc.).

back flow

The reversal of the normal flow of a liquid or substance.

bag house
A permanent structure or movable machine designed to capture pollutants or media waste under low pressure through a bag, which acts as a filter.

balanced drying system
The proper ratio of evaporation and dehumidification equipment within a structure, its principals are used to prevent secondary damages.

bar joist

An open webbed steel joist used to carry the live and dead loads of a roof or floor system, and is supported at both ends by a pilaster or girder.

basicity
The power of an acid to combine with metal, the hydrogen replacement of a metal.

bastard
A non-standard item of non-normal size or quality.

batt insulation
A thermal or sound insulation material, generally of fiberglass, which comes in varying widths and (R-value) thickness to conform to standard framing of walls and joists.

bearing
A structural member, such as wall, pilaster, etc., used to support a building floor or roof system.

bearing pile
A column within the ground, used to support vertical loads.

benzene
C6 H6, an organic molecule structure of six carbon atoms and six hydrogen atoms.

betterment
To increase the value of a component or structure through repairs or replacement, to exceed the value of like kind and quality.

biodegradable
The decomposition through natural conditions.

Black Water
Category 3, Black Water, contains sewage and other contaminants that can include pesticides, heavy metals, and toxic organic and inorganic chemicals. More than 120 different viruses, parasitic agents, and bacterial organisms can be found in
Category 3 water. Black water originates
from domestic and industrial wastes and
non-point (groundwater, surface water,
sea, river, and atmospheric) sources.

bleeding
The blending of wet fabric colors due to a high pH formula.

blue board
Interior plasterboard, which accepts plaster, veneers.

board foot
Basic unit of measure for lumber, and is equal to a board one-foot square and one inch thick.

board-up
Terminology used to describe the closing in of an opening (hole), window, door, roof, etc. - within a structure, therefore, securing and protecting property from vandalism and weather elements.

BOCA
Building Officials & Code Administrators International, Inc., Country Club Hills, IL. Provides building construction standards for the safety, health and welfare of the public.

bottom plate
A horizontal piece of framing lumber used at the base of wall framing or partition, sole plate.

box sill
Common method of framing floor joists, where a header is nailed to the ends of the floor joists.

brace
A diagonal support, used to hold a wall, scaffold, etc. in place.

Brady card
Identification markers consisting of self adhesive letters and numbers, as used to identify cables, wires, conduits, tubing, etc. during the assembly or disassembly processes.

British Damage Management Association
BDMA, British based association that promotes and regulates professional standards in the industry.

British Thermal Unit (BTU)
The measurement of heat energy, the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water 1 F.

brown board
Exterior plasterboard which accepts plaster veneer or EFS.

browning
The color change of a fabrics dye due to a high alkaline chemical. Is generally reversible by using an opposite pH chemical solution.

building envelope
The exterior of a structure (building) that encompasses exterior walls, roof, etc. and separates the conditioned areas from non-conditioned areas.

building permit
Written authorization to proceed with the construction of a project, and is generally based on  approved drawings and specifications.

business impact analysis (BIA)
Used to determine the impact resulting from a disruption of normal business (i.e. power outage, storm, theft, etc.). The BIA should be part of the organizations contingency plan ---  identifying the time-critical functions the disruption would have on the business, and prioritizes the functions that would meet the time-objectives of the recovery process.

business interruption insurance
A special insurance policy (generally a rider) that protects business owner against losses due to temporary shutdown because of fire or other insured peril. Business interruption insurance can provide reimbursement for loss of income profits and ongoing expenses.

 

   

 

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