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Green Building; Sustainable Buildings


Quiz Questions

1.Green building means taking the environment into account during design and construction. Green buildings aim for harmony with the local environment: they benefit from it, and protect and respect it. In general, green buildings are energy efficient, water conserving, durable and nontoxic, with high-quality spaces and high recycled content materials.
True
False
2. In addition, green buildings generally have more comfortable indoor conditions, natural lighting, connections, and views to the outside and healthier indoor air. Because green buildings are healthier and more pleasant to be in, their occupants consistently show lower absenteeism, higher productivity, and, in schools, higher testing scores.
True
False
3.The Leslie Shao-ming Sun Field Station at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve is the winner of _________________________________________for 2002 and makes an excellent example of the benefits of planning ahead.
Sustainable San Mateo County’s Green Building Award
Sustainable Orange County’s Green Building Award
4.Sustainable communities never rebuild and restore empty or damaged spaces in their midst, neither do they let vacant nor contaminated sites detract from larger community goals.
True
False
5.____________________________ means buildings that include more than one use − such as apartments or offices over ground floor retail space, or a hotel integrated with a shopping complex.
Single-use development
Multi-use development
Mixed-use development
6.Who can build mixed-use developments and provide public amenities such as open space?
Building owners
Planners
Architects
All of the above
None of the above
7.Typical subdivision plans have a single building in the center of open space on each lot. Clustered developments have larger open spaces and restricted building footprint areas.
True
False
8.Who can reuse a brownfield or a previously occupied site to build a community?
Building owners
Government agencies
Environmental engineer
Consultants
All of the above
None of the above
9.Solar orientation describes the way that your building receives sunshine: south-facing walls receive strong midday sun, east and west faces get intense low-angled rays in the morning and afternoon, and the north face is shaded.
True
False
10.Solar orientation is not an excellent opportunity to make a better indoor environment and reduce energy use substantially without any increase in project cost.
True
False
11.____________________is a crushed stone placed against foundations so that water moving through the soil will not wick into the concrete, eventually getting inside the building.
Drain rock
Soft rock
12.Reinforced concrete is a blend of water, cement, sand, and gravel (or “aggregate”) poured or sprayed into formwork around steel reinforcing bars, where it cures and hardens.
True
False
13.____________________is a byproduct of coal-burning power plants that has binding properties similar to cement, and can be substituted for a large portion of the cement usually used to make concrete.
Flyash
Gravel
14.Reclaimed lumber is wood that was used in structures that have fallen out of use, such as old barns or railroad trestles. Salvaged wood also refers to previously cut and used wood, reclaimed by a salvage yard rather than a lumber company.
True
False
15.______________________are designed to reflect the heat that comes with sunshine. They can be bright white membrane roofs, paint-on coatings (for retrofit applications), or light-colored or specially designed tiles and shingles.
Cool roofs
Green roofs
16.Metal roofs reduce heat gains inside and protect your roof’s waterproofing layers, adding great durability. They prevent storm water runoff. They can even replace habitat for species that is lost under the footprint of new construction. Many can be used as beautiful outdoor garden spaces for building occupants.
True
False
17.Typical decking is made of durable wood that are endangered − particularly redwood − and that are generally not sustainably harvested. Plastic lumber (which contains recycled high density polyethylene, not PVC) and plastic-wood hybrid lumber are more sustainable substitutes for decking.
True
False
18.Air leakage or infiltration in building terms, is a major source of unwanted heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter. Window and door frames or openings are the most common major locations of air leakage.
True
False
19.Black water refers to wastewater from sinks, showers, and laundry − in distinction to Gray water from toilets and urinals.
True
False
20.A building energy management system (BEMS) is a computer that controls all major building equipment such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units, elevators, lighting, etc.
True
False