The Ultimate Green Building Quiz
by Staff
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:

  • time-efficient
  • resource-efficient
  • cost-efficient

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

  • It's all about environment protection and resource-efficiency at least for our generation.
  • It should be urgently addressed in terms of resource-efficiency for future generations.
  • It is not likely to be successful in our generation due to the damage we've already caused to the environment.

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

  • because they don't agree with the idea like corporations do
  • because of the lack of awareness
  • because of the huge costs involved

What is meant by the "environmental halo effect"?

  • a healthy sun-ray halo caused by ozone replacement
  • consumers wanting to deal with environmentally-friendly businesses
  • a positive glow in the environment due to resource efficiency

Why would employees be more productive in a green environment?

  • because they would get paid more
  • because green is such a popular color
  • because of the natural light and open spaces

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

  • pre-industrial
  • post-consumer
  • pre-consumer

Can concrete be recycled?

  • unfortunately not
  • yes
  • only if it's still wet

How would bottles help if you are building a deck?

  • You could mix the grouting in them.
  • You would hang them up as recycled lamps.
  • You can recycle them and use them as the "wood."

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

  • strip them off, then lay them side-by-side
  • melt them down
  • shred them

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

  • because it takes decades to regrow the forests
  • because the wood grain fades over time
  • because they scuff your shoes badly

How long does it take to regenerate bamboo?

  • between two and four years
  • between four and six years
  • between six and eight years

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

  • They are cheap to harvest and transport.
  • They don't need toxic adhesives and they produce minimal toxic fumes.
  • They absorb air pollution.

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

  • set up your own utility company
  • use it or lose it
  • sell it back to the utility company

What are the best countertop alternatives for a green kitchen?

  • recycled granite
  • recycled aluminum
  • recycled marble

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

  • Fluorescents use a quarter of the electricity that incandescents use.
  • Fluorescents use a half of the electricity that incandescents use.
  • Incandescents use a quarter of the electricity that fluorescents use.

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
  • igloos in Greenland
  • tin huts in Indonesia

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

  • EPA
  • LEED

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

  • It advertises about green building in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
  • It holds rallies about going green.
  • It offers tax breaks.

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

  • the Pentagon
  • the World Trade Center
  • the Empire State Building

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

  • It economizes on paper by giving tour maps and tickets electronically.
  • It recycles its own waste water.
  • Eighty percent of the structure is underground.