What is a Living Wall?
A living wall is a vertical built structure intentionally covered by vegetation. Also referred to as green walls or vertical gardens they are commonly associated with the delivery of many natural environmental and health benefits. Living walls can be installed indoors or outdoors to an existing host wall or suitable structure and generally include an integrated hydration / irrigation system. Typically living walls include a vertically applied growth medium and can accommodate a variety of plant species.
Outdoor and indoor living walls have many health and environmental benefits:
Improved air quality: One of the most significant benefits of a living wall is to improve the quality of the air. Living walls are known to increase the oxygen levels, in both indoor and outdoor environments, enhancing personal well-being and increasing productivity. Studies have also shown that they can also reduce nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter by between 40-60%.
Biodiversity: Livings walls also become an extension of the natural environment for species of butterflies, insects and bees.
Decrease ambient temperature: Living wall plants can absorb and reflect sun heat through a process known as evapotranspiration, keeping areas cool. Buildings with outdoor living walls can be up to 20° cooler than their counterparts. The layer of thermal insulation created by a living also helps keep a building insulated during winter.
Decrease noise: Just like curtains and carpets can make a noisy room quieter the plants of an indoor and outdoor living walls can absorb sound vibrations.
Protect the environment: You may not think that a living wall can do much to fight climate change but it can help to offset your individual or your company’s carbon footprint. Every little contribution can make a big difference!
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