The Junglefy Breathing Wall (patent pending) is an active, modular green wall system, scientifically proven to accelerate the removal of air pollutants, such as carbon dioxide, particulates and volatile organic compounds faster than any other plant-based system on the market. It also acts as a sound barrier, improving acoustics while cooling the surrounding air temperature, resulting in energy efficiency and reduced air conditioning costs.
The Junglefy Breathing Wall isn’t just attractive. It actively cleans the air to provide a safer, more comfortable and productive working and living environment.
How does it work?
The Junglefy Breathing Wall is made up of modules composed of linear, low-density polyethylene with infinite recyclability, supplied with a growing medium high in coconut fibre. The system is ventilated via an electric axial impeller, providing a uniform airflow across plants and growing medium.
This active ventilation increases the rate of carbon dioxide draw down, and the volume of air that can be filtered and cooled by each module.
Research into the viability, efficiency and safety of the Junglefy Breathing Wall was conducted by Dr Fraser Torpy and his colleagues at the Plants and Indoor Environmental Quality Research Group at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), who for the last 20 years have established themselves as world leaders researching the use of plants to reduce indoor air pollution and promote health and wellbeing for building occupants.
Dr Torpy and his team have tested the Junglefy Breathing Wall’s ability to remove a range of air pollutants in a series of laboratory, office, sealed room and field trials. The results have been submitted for peer review and is awaiting publication.
This research was funded by an Innovation Connections grant from the Federal Government and matched by Junglefy.
How is the Junglefy Breathing Wall different?
Traditional green walls and pot plants do not incorporate active ventilation, whereas the Junglefy Breathing Wall actively pulls air through the module and over the leaves and growing medium. This active ventilation allows the Junglefy Breathing Wall to offer all the same benefits as traditional green walls and pot plants – such as reducing CO2 levels, filtering out air pollutants, and cooling and humidifying indoor air – but at a much greater level of efficiency.
One Junglefy Breathing Wall module can clean a vastly greater volume of air than one traditional green wall module, or one pot plant. The results of the research on the Junglefy Breathing Wall demonstrated that “to achieve the same results, one would need hundreds and hundreds of pot plants, or a much larger traditional green wall” as Dr Torpy says.
Did you know?
Air pollution is a major international health, environmental and economic issue. Most modern buildings are tightly sealed against the external environment, with ventilation fully dependent on HVAC systems. Indoor air pollution is almost always more concentrated than outdoor air pollution — as outdoor-sourced contaminants enter through natural or mechanical ventilation, mixing with indoor-sourced pollutants, such as CO2 and VOCs found in many building materials and cleaning products. These pollutants then become trapped inside sealed buildings, and grow ever more concentrated.
This is a major health problem, considering approximately 80% of the residents of developed countries live in urbanised areas, and spend on average 90% of their time indoors.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Health problems associated with indoor air pollution include: asthma and changes in lung function, cardiovascular diseases and adverse pregnancy outcomes. In 2012, poor indoor and outdoor air quality was associated with 3.7 million premature deaths worldwide.
Why are plants so important?
Research over the past three decades has proven that plants can enhance indoor air quality and are capable of reducing all types of urban air pollutants. Plants sequester carbon dioxide for the process of photosynthesis, taking in the respiratory emissions from building occupants and using them to generate plant biomass. In addition, a by-product of photosynthesis is oxygen, creating fresh breathable air for humans to thrive. Plants have a mutualistic relationship with micro organisms that live in soil and on plant roots. These healthy micro critters have been proven to take in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other air contaminants, filtering indoor air. As plants move water from their roots up to the rest of the plant, evapotranspiration results, where water evaporates from leaves, creating a more cool and comfortable ambient temperature. There is an international body of evidence that suggests these beneficial effects of indoor plants are positively linked to human health, psychological wellbeing and workplace productivity.