Fact or Fiction: Green Building Supplies

By: Becky Striepe

Fact or Fiction: Green Building Supplies
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About This Quiz

Green construction can mean a lot of different things, but the goal is to use eco-friendly materials to create a home that's energy efficient. Materials can range from sophisticated, factory-made products to supplies that you can salvage from the city dump. Think you know the ins and outs of green building materials? Test your know-how with this fact-or-fiction quiz!
Because shipping containers are built to be durable and strong, you can easily use them to create sturdy dwellings.
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Shipping containers are very strong, and they can make excellent compact homes.
fiction

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Cob houses are essentially made out of clay and straw.
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To construct a cob house, you simply mold a mixture of sand, clay and straw.
fiction

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In the movie "Tron Legacy," Sam Flynn lived in an eco-friendly home.
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Sam Flynn's shipping container house is as eco-friendly as it is cool looking.
fiction

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Earthships are eco-friendly homes made from earth and rocks.
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Earthships are energy-efficient, off-the-grid homes constructed from reclaimed tires.

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Prefab homes are gaining popularity in the world of green construction.
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Prefab homes create less construction waste, and many companies now offer kit homes with eco-friendly features like rainwater-harvesting systems and solar panels.
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Green builders can use materials like empty beer bottles, old tires and other trash to create eco-friendly homes.
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While it might seem crazy to build homes out of trash, part of green construction often involves diverting waste from the landfill and repurposing it into new-home construction.
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Living walls, which are basically vertical gardens, are great insulators.
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While a south-facing green wall can provide some insulation, a green roof is better for helping to insulate a home.

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If you can't have a totally green construction project, it's not worth the trouble.
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Whether you're just able to use no-VOC paint and eco-friendly insulation or you can afford to go all out with solar panels and high-cost green features, any environmentally friendly materials you choose will help lower your project's impact.

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