14 08, 2017

City of Adelaide awarded for its green commitment

2017-08-14T08:50:37+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Categories: Awards|

City of Adelaide awarded for its green commitment The City of Adelaide has been recognised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in its annual awards program. The awards celebrate the work of landscape architects and the role that landscaping plays in making our communities more liveable. The City of Adelaide received the award for the revitalisation of its headquarters at the Colonel Light Centre in Adelaide. Previously a dated civic building, the addition of the green wall modules directly on to the exterior columns has transformed the council office in to a vibrant, living building that practices what it preaches. The City of Adelaide has been recognised for its leadership [...]

9 08, 2017

Orange Regional Museum takes NSW Architecture Award

2017-08-10T14:19:14+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: Awards|Tags: , , , |

Orange Regional Museum takes NSW Architecture Award The Orange Regional Museum has been awarded the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture in the NSW Architecture Awards. The iconic building features a large sloping grass roof, serving as a public meeting place and cultural space to hold festivals and movie nights and to display sculptures. The Crone Architects design combines the new museum with existing library and gallery buildings to create a cultural hub for the area. The grassed green roof project was undertaken by Junglefy in 2016 to provide consultation on the initial design concept and to bring the green roof to life. The recommended solution provided was a Geoweb system [...]

24 07, 2017

Who’s Paying? Funding Living Infrastructure in 2017 and Beyond

2017-08-17T23:02:28+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Categories: Living Infrastructure, Published Articles|Tags: , , , |

Who's Paying? Funding living infrastructure in 2017 and beyond This article was first published in Sourceable   Ravenswood School green wall When it comes to living or green infrastructure, funding is a commonly citied barrier to implementation. And like clean energy and green building before it, this burgeoning industry has to prove its merit before funding is allocated. So how do we do it? The money has to come from one of six categories: yourself, a loan, the end user (passing on the cost to your client), a partnership, a grant, or a wealthy benefactor. Most of us do not have a wealthy benefactor, and with housing [...]

13 06, 2017

Junglefy Breathing Wall Wins 2017 Good Design® Award

2017-06-13T22:21:57+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Categories: Awards|Tags: , |

Junglefy Breathing Wall Wins 2017 Good Design® Award Good Design Award 2017 Best In Category 'Product Design, Commercial and Industrial': Junglefy, Breathing Wall! June 9th 2017 - We won! The Junglefy Breathing Wall has received the Best In Category Award for Commercial and Industrial Product Design at the 2017 Good Design® Awards. According to the Jury “We were blown away by the modularity and versatility of the wall and its components. This is a beautiful example where nature, technology and elegant interior architecture are all seamlessly blend into each other. More like this please.” This is Junglefy’s second award win for its Breathing Wall system and its fourth [...]

30 05, 2017

Green motorways. Contradiction in terms or potential reality?

2017-06-14T12:51:19+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Categories: Published Articles|Tags: , , , , |

Green motorways. Contradiction in terms or potential reality? This article was first published in Sourceable A few years ago I was stuck in hellish Sydney traffic, with the temperature soaring close to 40oC, and as I entered the tunnel surrounded by huge walls of concrete, pollution and heat haze and I suddenly thought, ‘this is a great place for plants’. It sounds crazy, but the right plants combined with the right technology could do wonders for this harsh urban infrastructure, and I believe that science, investment and pure necessity are all at the perfect meeting point to make it viable, and I would argue essential, to turn it green [...]

30 01, 2017

An assessment of the potential fungal bioaerosol production from an active living wall

2017-06-11T17:18:33+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Categories: Published Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The team at UTS recently had an article published in the academic journal Building and Environment, Volume 111, January 2017. Here's an abstract of the article: Active living walls, or indoor air biofilters, have been proposed as a sustainable and aesthetic means of improving indoor air quality. However these systems have yet to be adequately assessed for their potential contribution to airborne fungal proliferation in indoor spaces. The current work represents a simulation study to determine, under realistic office conditions, whether a typical active living wall makes a quantifiable contribution to the airborne aeromycota. We found that the living wall studied made no significant contribution to the density or diversity of [...]

20 01, 2017

Sourceable: What is research commercialisation?

2017-06-11T17:31:10+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Categories: Published Articles|Tags: , , , , , |

Research commercialisation refers to the process through which ideas or research are transformed into marketable products, capital gains, income from licences and/or revenue from the sale of new product. Recently, my firm landed an Innovation Connections grant from the federal government to identify an opportunity to work with a research organisation to test and develop a new idea. This new idea is a modular, living green wall system that accelerates the removal of air pollutants like CO2, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds faster than any other plant-based system on the market. The government grant allowed us to partner with the Plants and Indoor Environmental Quality Research Group at [...]

2 12, 2016

Industry leaders praise the Junglefy Breathing Wall

2017-06-11T17:59:00+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A recent tour of the Plants and Environmental Quality research lab at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) saw sustainable building leaders applaud the award-winning Junglefy Breathing Wall and its benefits. A 10m2 Junglefy Breathing Wall filters 8,400 litres of air every minute. It also removes up to 15 litres of pure carbon dioxide (CO2) each hour, offsetting the respiratory emissions of two to three building occupants during a standard working day. Maria Atkinson, Sustainability Strategist and Director at Maria Atkinson Consulting said: “What I saw on the research of the Junglefy plant system just blew my mind. How fast the plants were able to purify the air – [...]

22 11, 2016

Sourceable: Creating resilient cities with living infrastructure

2017-06-11T17:59:59+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, Living Infrastructure, Published Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The climate is becoming more unpredictable and fierce with each passing year. Extreme weather and natural disasters like bushfires, storms, floods and cyclones can have a devastating impact on communities, businesses, homes, and public infrastructure. How can plants and living infrastructure play a role in mitigating this change and help to create more climate resilient cities. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology June 2016 was the second-wettest month on record. Wild storms lashed the east coast, triggering flooding across Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania, and causing widespread damage and destruction. June was a bad month, both here in Australia and overseas. Around the same [...]

19 10, 2016

Top 10 secrets to successful living infrastructure maintenance

2017-06-11T17:59:01+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The building and installation of your green wall, façade or roof might seem like the final stage after months of planning and design but in reality, this is when things really start to take off. In fact, installation is just the beginning of your living infrastructure project – good maintenance will ensure your green façade, wall or roof remains as beautiful and healthy ten years from now, as the day it was first installed. Not only will it look good but it will also deliver some real health, economic and societal benefits too. Jock discussed a few of these in his previous blogs, check out our News & Views section [...]

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