The Ultimate EarthCraft Homes Quiz
by Staff
Ecology-minded people are exploring options for building or owning energy-efficient homes in ever increasing numbers. Owning a green home not only helps our environment, but can also save a lot of money on energy costs. Owners of EarthCraft homes claim that they have a better quality of life while spending less money to achieve it. Take this quiz on EarthCraft homes to check out your green savvy.

Roughly, how many tons of new resources a year are consumed by every person in the United States?

  • 5 tons
  • 10 tons
  • 15 tons

What percentage of new resources that are consumed by each person in the United States yearly becomes waste within one year?

  • 90 percent
  • 80 percent
  • 70 percent

What percentage of U.S. energy consumption is used for building construction and operation?

  • 59 percent
  • 49 percent
  • 39 percent

How many 1,700 square-foot homes can be built with the wood harvested from one acre of an average forest?

  • one
  • three
  • five

How much money do businesses loose each year due to poor air quality in buildings and its affect on workers?

  • $20 billion
  • $15 billion
  • $10 billion

What is the largest recognized system for green home development in the United States?

  • EchoCraft
  • GreenCraft
  • EarthCraft

Why is it that so few green homes were being built in the U.S. before organizations like EarthCraft?

  • There were no guiding standards in existence for green home construction.
  • There was no incentive in existence for green home construction.
  • People had the perception that building green was significantly more expensive.

EarthCraft homes:

  • are a bit odd looking and people are reluctant to invest in one
  • are quite a bit more expensive than average homes
  • look just like any average home

What is the design concept used to increase the energy efficiency of an EarthCraft home?

  • photovoltaic panels and solar heating systems
  • well-sealed exterior and high efficiency HVAC
  • super insulation that doubles average R-factors

How many single-family homes in the Atlanta area have been certified as EarthCraft homes since the programs inception?

  • 4000
  • 3000
  • 2000

Is EarthCraft only operating in the state of Georgia?

  • EarthCraft is only in Georgia but other states have their own programs.
  • EarthCraft is funded by the state of Georgia so they are prohibited from expanding to other states.
  • EarthCraft is now active in five states and the District of Columbia.

Beginning in 2003, what program did EarthCraft create to promote a better lifestyle?

  • EarthCraft developed a program called “Operation Green Land.”
  • EarthCraft developed a program called “EarthCraft Communities.”
  • EarthCraft developed a program called “Life Quality Green.”

How many basic criteria must a home meet in order to receive EarthCraft certification?

  • 3
  • 5
  • 7

Why is EarthCraft’s points system a very effective way to determine certification?

  • A points system works because building codes and environmental concerns vary by region.
  • A points system allows flexibility to choose which standards are more convenient to follow.
  • A points system allows contractors to cut some corners to reduce costs.

Can any builder become involved in an EarthCraft program that is active in their area?

  • Yes, they only need to pay a small fee to register and promise to use the standards package they receive.
  • Builders must pass a rigorous training program and write an exam before they can participate in the program.
  • Builders must receive basic training, join local and national chapters of NAH and join the EarthCraft program.

How many points does a home require in order to receive EarthCraft certification?

  • at least 100 points
  • at least 120 points
  • at least 150 points

What is an average fee for EarthCraft certification?

  • about $900
  • about $1,000
  • about $1,500

What percentage of greater energy efficiency is an EarthCraft home designed to achieve versus an average home?

  • 30 percent more
  • 35 percent more
  • 40 percent more

What else do EarthCraft homes accomplish when compared to a traditional home?

  • recycle 70 percent of gray water
  • use 60 percent less concrete
  • use 12 percent less water

What is the most widely used green building program in the world?

  • U.S. Green Building Council (LEED)
  • EPA Energy Star Program
  • NAHB Green