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Real or Bogus: Green Construction Tech Quiz
by Staff
Can you tell the difference between amazing technology and amazing fantasy? Take our green construction technology quiz and find out.

The first solar cell was invented at almost the same time as the incandescent light bulb in the late 19th century.

  • real
  • bogus

The area of roof space available on buildings in Australia could power the entire world with electricity.

  • real
  • bogus

The energy expended to create solar panels is made up by their clean energy production within four years.

  • real
  • bogus

Rammed-earth brick construction has been around for 7,000 years.

  • real
  • bogus

Storm water management programs harness the power of rainwater and runoff to aid the environment.

  • real
  • bogus

In construction, "cool roofs" are so named because of their intricate and fashionable designs.

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  • bogus

Electrochromic smart glass detects the amount of light coming through a window and automatically tints to create an optimum lighting environment.

  • real
  • bogus

Iceland uses geothermal energy to supply more than 25 percent of its power.

  • real
  • bogus

Who needs snow plows? Iceland uses geothermal power to melt the ice blocking its highways.

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  • bogus

Constructing with recycled insulation only helps the environment by reusing material that would otherwise be thrown away.

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  • bogus

In North America between the years of 2006 and 2007, companies used nearly 1.5 billion pounds of recycled glass to create fiberglass insulation.

  • real
  • bogus

The majority of insulation used in U.S. homes contains at least 50 percent recycled material.

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  • bogus

Got milk? Biodegradable paint earns its name by using milk in its unusual mixture.

  • real
  • bogus

Devices that can communicate the amount of power usage in your house with the appliances inside are called "super meters."

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  • bogus

GM's Brillion smart appliances will determine the optimal time of day to run processes like dishwashing or heating water.

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  • bogus

A smart refrigerator LG displayed at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show can scan food and determine when it's about to go bad.

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  • bogus

Passive solar design uses panels to collect light, but not as many panels as an active solar system.

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  • bogus

A method of green construction uses straw to build houses. Remind you of any fairy tale starring wolves and pigs?

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  • bogus

A construction technique known as "zero-energy building" creates a structure that uses no energy of any kind to operate.

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  • bogus

The United States ranks first in the world in annual wind power generation.

  • real
  • bogus