Can you tell the difference between amazing technology and amazing fantasy? Take our green construction technology quiz and find out.
Question 1 of 20
The first solar cell was invented at almost the same time as the incandescent light bulb in the late 19th century.
Question 2 of 20
The area of roof space available on buildings in Australia could power the entire world with electricity.
Question 3 of 20
The energy expended to create solar panels is made up by their clean energy production within four years.
Question 4 of 20
Rammed-earth brick construction has been around for 7,000 years.
Question 5 of 20
Storm water management programs harness the power of rainwater and runoff to aid the environment.
Question 6 of 20
In construction, "cool roofs" are so named because of their intricate and fashionable designs.
Question 7 of 20
Electrochromic smart glass detects the amount of light coming through a window and automatically tints to create an optimum lighting environment.
Question 8 of 20
Iceland uses geothermal energy to supply more than 25 percent of its power.
Question 9 of 20
Who needs snow plows? Iceland uses geothermal power to melt the ice blocking its highways.
Question 10 of 20
Constructing with recycled insulation only helps the environment by reusing material that would otherwise be thrown away.
Question 11 of 20
In North America between the years of 2006 and 2007, companies used nearly 1.5 billion pounds of recycled glass to create fiberglass insulation.
Question 12 of 20
The majority of insulation used in U.S. homes contains at least 50 percent recycled material.
Question 13 of 20
Got milk? Biodegradable paint earns its name by using milk in its unusual mixture.
Question 14 of 20
Devices that can communicate the amount of power usage in your house with the appliances inside are called "super meters."
Question 15 of 20
GM's Brillion smart appliances will determine the optimal time of day to run processes like dishwashing or heating water.
Question 16 of 20
A smart refrigerator LG displayed at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show can scan food and determine when it's about to go bad.
Question 17 of 20
Passive solar design uses panels to collect light, but not as many panels as an active solar system.
Question 18 of 20
A method of green construction uses straw to build houses. Remind you of any fairy tale starring wolves and pigs?
Question 19 of 20
A construction technique known as "zero-energy building" creates a structure that uses no energy of any kind to operate.
Question 20 of 20