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Super Savers: The True Cost of Green Construction Materials
by Staff
Sure, you'll save energy and money when you go green, but how much do you know about what it costs to make the switch? Test your knowledge and take our Super Savers: The True Cost of Green Construction Materials quiz!

What makes a building green?

  • its color
  • its energy efficiency and waste reduction
  • its LEED score

When considering the cost of going green, can you simply compare one building material to another?

  • yes
  • no
  • sometimes

Using high-quality salvaged materials in your building project is green and can save money. What are some of the best salvaged materials to incorporate?

  • doors, cabinets and glass
  • furnaces and railings
  • flooring and baseboards

When looking for green building materials, you need to be wary of greenwashing. What is that?

  • washing certain materials, namely wood, with a substance that supposedly protects it and is good for the environment, but really isn't
  • claiming a product or company is green when it isn't
  • using too many green products in one building, which can actually be counterproductive

What percentage of green do-it-yourself building/construction products have honest labels?

  • 31.7 percent
  • 52.3 percent
  • 65.9 percent

What are two of the most credible certifications that construction materials can carry?

  • LEED and Energy Star
  • LEED and EcoLogo
  • Energy Star and GREENGUARD

Straw-bale construction is very inexpensive. Bales are made from the leftover stems of harvested grains. Which grain type creates most bales used in straw-bale construction?

  • wheat
  • rice
  • oats

You shouldn't choose a window simply by its cost or efficiency rating. Why?

  • No one window works everywhere.
  • A cheap window is always a bad window.
  • High-efficiency windows save money, but they make a room really hot.

What are the pros of installing recycled shingles?

  • They're easier to install than regular shingles and look great.
  • They're less expensive than other types of shingles and are durable.
  • They often carry 50-year warranties and some have fire ratings that can lower your insurance premiums.

Does it really save money to lower your home's temperature on cold winter nights?

  • No, because the next morning your furnace has to work twice as hard to warm the air back up.
  • Yes, any time you lower your home's temperature in the winter it saves money.
  • Not unless you lower it by at least 15 degrees.