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?
What percentage of new resources that are consumed by each person in the United States yearly becomes waste within one year?
What percentage of U.S. energy consumption is used for building construction and operation?
How many 1,700 square-foot homes can be built with the wood harvested from one acre of an average forest?
How much money do businesses loose each year due to poor air quality in buildings and its affect on workers?
What is the largest recognized system for green home development in the United States?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?