The Ultimate Green Building Quiz

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Green building is popular, important and doable. Everybody can be made aware of the value of preserving our planet. The keys are awareness, will and ingenuity. Use your ingenuity right now and take this green building quiz.

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refers to "green building" it intends that construction and renovation be:

The EPA is concerned that construction, renovation, demolition etc. should be healthy for the environment and resource-efficient.

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How does the United Nations Environment Program see the issue of sustainable development?

The UN Environment Program sees sustainable development as an issue of environment protection and resource-efficiency at least for our generation.

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Why is it harder for homeowners to go green than corporations?

Corporations may have the funds required to go green, but homeowners probably don't.

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What is meant by the "environmental halo effect"?

It's what makes it worthwhile for businesses to go green. Consumers are attracted to deal with them because of their efforts to protect the environment.

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Why would employees be more productive in a green environment?

They'd be more productive and a lot happier too because of the increased natural light and open office spaces.

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There are two types of recycled building materials: post-industrial and:

Recycled building materials are post-industrial (byproducts) and post-consumer (recycled metal etc.).

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Can concrete be recycled?

It sure can. It needs to be pulverized, then remixed with cement.

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How would bottles help if you are building a deck?

You could recycle the bottles by using them as the "wood" for the deck.

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What is a good way to use recycled sneaker soles to make athletic surfaces?

If you shred them, you can use the rubber "crumbs" to form an athletic surface.

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Oak, pine and maple trees have traditionally been used for flooring. Why have they fallen out of favor?

These traditional hardwoods are still very much favored but consumers are concerned about the effect on the environment. After all, it takes decades to regrow the forests.

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How long does it take to regenerate bamboo?

Bamboo regenerates over the course of four to six years.

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Why are cork and bamboo wise choices for flooring if you want to go green?

Both cork and bamboo don't need toxic adhesives for installation, nor do they produce a lot of fumes.

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Solar panels can generate more power than you need. What can you do with the excess power?

Excess power can always be sold back to the utility company. This way everyone benefits, especially the environment.

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What are the best countertop alternatives for a green kitchen?

Unfortunately, you can't do much recycling with marble or granite. Aluminum, however, can be recycled and would make a great "green" countertop.

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How much energy do compact fluorescent bulbs use compared with regular incandescent ones?

Fluorescent bulbs are so energy efficient that they use a quarter of the electricity that incandescent bulbs use.

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One type of going green is building like nature, leaving minimal environmental impact. Which of these is used as a classic example of such building?

Indian huts in Mexico are a typical example of building like nature. Made from mud and rock, they are a great example of using natural resources for building.

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Which body is the default standard for green building in the U.S.?

LEED takes the lead, although there are similar bodies, such as the Green Building Initiative.

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How does the U.S. federal government show its support of the idea to go green?

The federal government offers certain tax breaks for green building improvements.

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What building was the kick-off point for green building in New York City?

The World Trade Center was New York's first green building initiative.

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The Miho Museum in Japan is an Asian example of building with minimal environmental impact. What is unique about Miho?

Miho Museum features about eighty percent of its structure underground so as to preserve the environment.

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