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The Ultimate Cutting-Edge Green Home Quiz
by Staff
Simple green technologies have been incorporated into home design for centuries, but in the 21st century, cutting-edge green technologies are the way to go. Some are already available to everyone, whereas some are still in the planning stages. If you're interested in making your future a greener one, take our quiz to learn about the latest in green developments.

Which United States organization sets standards for green building design?

  • the U.S. Green Building Council
  • the U.S. Green Building Organization
  • the U.S. Green Building Association

Buildings certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) promote _____ standards of "greenness."

  • five
  • ten
  • fifteen

Which of the following is an example of basic green technology?

  • facing a porch due east to capture the morning sun
  • adding floor-to-ceiling windows to your south-facing room
  • both of the above

In modular, or prefab, manufacturing, sections of a house are produced:

  • in a factory
  • in a warehouse
  • on a building site

Papercrete is a renewable building material made from:

  • paper
  • tin
  • glass

Which of the following sustainable building materials were popular in past centuries?

  • adobe
  • cob
  • both of the above

Builders in the American _____ are experimenting with earthbags as building materials.

  • Southwest
  • Northeast
  • South

What is the major drawback of a hi-tech photovoltaic (PV) system that harnesses the sun's power and turns it into electric current?

  • It's expensive.
  • The technology doesn't work.
  • It requires a professional to install it.

What do we call roofs that use plants to provide insulation and noise absorption?

  • quiet roofs
  • green roofs
  • vegetable roofs

_____ design uses basic architectural principles to achieve cutting edge environmental results.

  • passive
  • active
  • aggressive

What's a big disadvantage of having an energy-efficient home?

  • Indoor air pollution tends to be high.
  • Your electric bills can be very high.
  • Your house is always cold in winter.

What's the best way to improve the air quality in your home?

  • Open your windows a lot.
  • Invest in a high-tech ventilation system.
  • both of the above

What's a great way to save on lighting bills?

  • Use well-placed windows and skylights for natural light.
  • Don't turn on any lights until 9 PM.
  • Use incandescent bulbs.

LEDs (light emitting diodes) cost _____ times the price of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.

  • two
  • three
  • four

A non-polluting home wind power system can convert _____ into electricity.

  • rain
  • wind
  • snow

A wind turbine can lower your home power bill by as much as _____ percent.

  • 10 to 20
  • 30 to 40
  • 50 to 90

Where are you most likely to find wind turbines?

  • in rural areas
  • in the city
  • in the suburbs

_____ energy takes advantage of the Earth's stored heat to produce energy.

  • geothermal
  • nuclear
  • mechanical

_____ water is water that has already been used once in your home.

  • green
  • white
  • gray

Why are very few systems to sanitize household gray water in use in the United States?

  • They are very expensive.
  • They are discouraged by the government.
  • both of the above