Sustainability And Preservation

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 Sustainability And Preservation
Do you know what it means to be sustainable? Sustainability is more than recycling and clean energy; it is the concept of meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The three pillars of sustainability are: environmental, economic and social. Can your old building contribute to all three? Test your knowledge about sustainability and preservation with this fun and quick quiz. (Estimated time: 10 minutes)

  
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  • 1. 

       Which creates more jobs?
    • A. 

      Construction of a new building

    • B. 

      Rehabilitation of an existing building


  • 2. 

    If today we had to replace the older and historic homes occupied by households below the poverty level, using the most cost effective of Federal housing programs, how much would it cost American taxpayers?
    • A. 

      100 thousand dollars

    • B. 

      236 million dollars

    • C. 

      335 billion dollars


  • 3. 

    What type of development can fuel economic growth without limit?
    • A. 

      Restorative

    • B. 

      New development


  • 4. 

    When making improvements to a building to increase energy efficiency, which should be considered first?
    • A. 

      Replacement of drafty windows

    • B. 

      Upgrading indadequate attic insulation

    • C. 

      Blowing insulation into the walls


  • 5. 

    Which of the following is true of preservation overlays?
    • A. 

      They promote increased levels of home ownership.

    • B. 

      They always lead to gentrification.

    • C. 

      They stymie growth, development and change in a neighborhood.


  • 6. 

    Which building would be the "greenest" building?
    • A. 

      A building constructed in the 1980s.

    • B. 

      An existing building.

    • C. 

      A new building with bamboo floors and solar panels.


  • 7. 

    What should realtors and buyers know about preservation zoning overlays?
    • A. 

      Buyers have wider choices and typically get more house per dollar.

    • B. 

      Historic districts have great trees.

    • C. 

      Older buildings cost more to maintain than newer buildings.


  • 8. 

    How many years does it take for a new energy efficient building to recover carbon used to build it?
    • A. 

      5 years

    • B. 

      25 years

    • C. 

      35 years


  • 9. 

    Which is the best explanation of the term "embodied energy?"
    • A. 

      It is the energy that flows through our bodies.

    • B. 

      It takes into account all the resources and energy that goes into collecting raw materials, creating a product, and shipping and installing the product.

    • C. 

      It is an estimate of the amount of energy a building will lose over time.


  • 10. 

    True of False, solar panels are not allowed in preservation overlays?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 11. 

    True or false, old buildings were designed to be energy efficient?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


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