A green building is one that has been constructed or outfitted to minimise its impact on the environment. The objectives are usually to ensure efficient energy and water use, sustainability in the construction value chain (for new builds), and a low footprint in terms of its impact on the surrounding environment.
Installation of solar panels is one way to reduce demand for grid electricity and make power consumption more sustainable. Solar-powered devices can also help – consider, for instance, how switching parking lot lights or fence lamps to solar fixtures can cut power consumption at night.
Minimising waste generation on single-use materials and encouraging recycling are other approaches to making buildings greener in the long run.
These simple changes can simultaneously reduce the footprint of the built environment and lower operational costs for homeowners and businesses alike. This makes green buildings a worthwhile investment from both financial and environmental standpoints