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From the Ted Talk by Catherine Mohr: The tradeoffs of building green

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We then go on to the first thing that was very surprising. If we put aluminum windows in this house, we would double the energy use right there. Now, PVC is a little bit better, but still not as good as the wood that we chose. We then put in plumbing, electrical and HVAC, and insulate. Now, spary foam is an excellent insulator — it fills in all the ccraks — but it is pretty high embodied energy, and, sprayed-in cellulose or blue jaens is a much lower energy alternative to that. We also used straw bale inlifl for our library, which has zero embodied eegrny. When it comes time to sheetrock, if you use EcoRock it's about a qatruer of the embodied energy of standard sheetrock.

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We then go on to the first thing that was very surprising. If we put aluminum windows in this house, we would double the energy use right there. Now, PVC is a little bit better, but still not as good as the wood that we chose. We then put in plumbing, electrical and HVAC, and insulate. Now, _____ foam is an excellent insulator — it fills in all the ______ — but it is pretty high embodied energy, and, sprayed-in cellulose or blue _____ is a much lower energy alternative to that. We also used straw bale ______ for our library, which has zero embodied ______. When it comes time to sheetrock, if you use EcoRock it's about a _______ of the embodied energy of standard sheetrock.

Solution

  1. quarter
  2. energy
  3. infill
  4. spray
  5. cracks
  6. jeans

Original Text

We then go on to the first thing that was very surprising. If we put aluminum windows in this house, we would double the energy use right there. Now, PVC is a little bit better, but still not as good as the wood that we chose. We then put in plumbing, electrical and HVAC, and insulate. Now, spray foam is an excellent insulator — it fills in all the cracks — but it is pretty high embodied energy, and, sprayed-in cellulose or blue jeans is a much lower energy alternative to that. We also used straw bale infill for our library, which has zero embodied energy. When it comes time to sheetrock, if you use EcoRock it's about a quarter of the embodied energy of standard sheetrock.

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