The environmental benefits
of living walls
The benefits are increased biodiversity; our vertical gardens increase the number and varieties of insects and birds in a given area. Which in turn provides an increased sustainable ecosystem, especially in urban environments.
Increasing the vegetation in urban areas reduces the hot spots in cities, by helping to cool the air and reducing the reflected heat. This reduces the need for air conditioning and related power demands for a building, creating passive thermal insulation. The coverage of a wall or building can dramatically reduce the need for additional cooling in summer and heat loss in winter, therefore giving savings in energy use. Protecting your building from weather, wind and temperature fluctuations, as well as reducing the UV damage to the building, thus prolonging the lifespan of the structure.
Living walls are indicators visually of sustainable design and can help towards the eco credits required for sustainability assessment schemes and can also be a credit to planning applications.
By increasing the vegetation without increasing the footprint of a garden we can increase the air purification as plants extract carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and other toxins from the air during the day, this photosynthesis will reduce significantly the co2 levels in urban areas.
By using a rain water harvesting system, integrated with the irrigation systems on living walls, it can reduced the amount of storm water management required for a building, which is especially useful where excess storm water has been combined with wastewater systems which is prevalent in older urban areas.