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Fact or Fiction: Green Contractors
by Staff
With so many builders joining the green revolution, it's hard to know what makes a truly green professional. Take this quiz to see if you can recognize what is takes to be an educated green contractor!

Any contractor can claim to be a green contractor.

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  • almost fact: A contractor should have at least one certification to call himself green.

There is only one certification that signifies a true green contractor.

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  • almost fact: There are many certifications, but only on the state level.

Green construction facilitates cost savings, healthier living and greater comfort for homeowners.

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  • almost fact: While you may save money, you probably won't be much healthier.

A homeowner needs to become an expert in green construction before hiring a green contractor.

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  • almost fact: While you may not become an expert, it's important to at least know the basics.

Green contractors have no need to understand climate and its impact on building design.

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  • almost fact: Climate only matters in areas with extreme climate changes.

Green contracting can refer to functions beyond the actual construction.

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  • almost fact: Green contracting refers only to the actual design and building.

Almost all home weaknesses are easily detected during a contractor's first visit.

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  • almost fact: While many weaknesses can be discovered on a first visit, others take longer to detect.

Good green contractors are hard to find.

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  • almost fact: There are plenty of certified green contractors available if you know where to look.

The references green contractors provide should be clients whose homes they just finished.

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  • almost fact: They should provide references from current projects.

During a renovation, it's as important that the materials going out of the home stay green as those coming in.

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  • almost fact: Only the home's main components, such as wood and brick, should be recycled.