LIVING WALLS OFFER MANY BENEFITS
LIVING WALLS GO BEYOND ANY OTHER SIDING OR WALL TREATMENT OPTION WHEN IT COMES TO THE MULTITUDE OF BENEFITS THEY PROVIDE TO THOSE WHO OWN, WORK, AND LIVE AMONG THEM.
Green walls are beautiful, create habitat, promote health and well being, attract customers, and can even provide sustenance.
Living walls in a built environment give an eye-catching, intriguing, and pleasurable look.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Whether you are outside walking on the street or sitting at your office, we are bombarded with air pollution from vehicles, appliances, and building materials. Living walls contain numerous amounts of plants that work together to clean the air, and release energy-rich oxygen for us to breathe.
Common toxic fumes to be aware of are: formaldehyde, VOCs, trichloroethylene, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, radon, benzene, toluene, and xylene.
Living walls can reduce temperature fluctuations at a wall’s surface, in turn controlling the movement of heat between building walls. Improved energy efficiency is caused by trapping a layer of air within plants and creating buffer against wind during colder seasons.
Exterior living wall are especially beneficial for dense cities that suffer from Urban Heat Island (UHI) Effect, an environmental phenomenon where a metropolitan area is a lot of warmer due to human activity and cannot cool during warm seasons. An exterior living wall is up to 10ºC cooler than an exposed building.
It is unknown that plants have the ability to absorb sounds effectively. Living walls can be of benefit to reduce sound from hard surfaces.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Since humans are accustomed to an lifestyle that is indoors and is surrounded by human creation rather the natural environment, we have grown accustomed to being around concrete, traffic, noise, and pollution. Living in this lifestyle of working and stress, can have a negative impact on physical and mental wellness. “Greenery soften this hard environment, acting as a tonic to ease stress and fatigue. Green walls provide a substantial and spiritual connection to nature which missing in the modern concrete jungle.”
BIOPHILIA REFERS TO OUR NATURAL HUMAN AFFILIATION TO NATURE. “As more acknowledgement is given to this benefit, many green building designers are encouraged to incorporate the biophilic properties of living walls as part of a sustainable design strategy that responds to our complex relationship with the natural environment, which is otherwise being eroded, as we live in increasingly dense urban surroundings.”
Building facades are a feature of urban environments which can be used in a creative way for sustainability. Current-day green facades offer the potential to learn from traditional architecture but also to incorporate advanced materials and other technology to promote sustainable building functions.
Mentioned in other previous benefits, green walls help buildings become more energy efficient which leads to decrease in carbon emissions, mitigate Urban Heat Island effect, absorb and filter air pollution and particles, absorb and filter storm water.
Green walls have positive improvements to urban hydrology and runoff. They can successfully control sudden discharge of storm water to the sewer, which can cause over-flooding. Water running through exterior walls can also be filters, roots of plants are natural filters of pollutants in water.