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 [...]

14 10, 2016

Junglefy wins Sustainability Award

2017-06-11T17:59:01+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

We are thrilled to announce that last night our Junglefy Breathing Wall won the Green Building Product award at the 2016 Sustainability Awards hosted by Architecture & Design Magazine. The Green Building Product award recognises a new product or material, which helps advance progress in the sustainable built environment. According to the judges: 'the performance data derived from University of Technology Sydney testing will reassure building designers that choosing a Junglefy Breathing Wall is actually proven to accelerate the removal of air pollutants and thus help provide safer, more comfortable and productive working and living environments'. Accepting this award was a huge honour and recognition that others are as excited as we are [...]

11 10, 2016

Award nominations for Junglefy Breathing Wall

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

It’s award season and we’re holding our breath for the Breathing Wall. The Junglefy Breathing Wall has been nominated as a finalist for three awards! We’re pretty excited about our Breathing Wall and to know others are as excited as we are is fantastic. Here’s what the Green Globe judges said when they announced us as a finalist: “Plants cleaning the air, saving energy and beautifying our workplaces… brilliant!” Aww shucks, we think so too. Now here’s a bit about each of the awards we’re up for: Architecture & Design 2016 Sustainability Awards Established in 2007, the Architecture & Design Sustainability Awards celebrate excellence in sustainable design and building. In [...]

23 09, 2016

Sourceable: Living infrastructure gains momentum with new RICS guide

2017-06-11T17:59:01+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Last month, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) launched a new living infrastructure guide. Launched by NSW Planning Minister, Rob Stokes MP at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the green roofs and walls guidance note provides surveyors with detailed advice and recommendations on the planning, design and implementation of green roofs and walls on commercial and residential buildings. The guide looks at green walls and roofs from the surveyor’s perspective, exploring the technical requirements of both new and retrofit projects, their potential value, legal considerations, as well as environmental and community impacts. UTS researcher and publication co-author, associate professor Sara Wilkinson, said the guide is a practical and [...]

28 07, 2016

Junglefy Breathing Wall @ SEE Sustainable Experience

2017-06-11T18:00:00+00:00 July 28th, 2016|Categories: Breathing Wall, Events, Living Design, Living Infrastructure|Tags: , , , , , |

Junglefy was a production partner last week at the second annual SEE Sustainable Experience event. We provided a couple of stand alone Junglefy Breathing Wall prototypes at the entry to the expo and Suzie Barnett (Good Marketing & PR) facilitated a session with Dr Fraser Torpy (UTS), Matt Williams (Lend Lease) and myself on the importance of science in living infrastructure systems, in particular the research behind the Junglefy Breathing Wall and how this impacted on the commercial decision at Lendlease to install it into their new global HQ in Barangaroo, Sydney. It was fantastic to be able to finally tell this story, here is a little summary on what [...]

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