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Living Infrastructure Will Benefit Australia’s Ageing Population

Living Infrastructure Will Benefit Australia’s Ageing Population By Jock Gammon This article was originally published in Sourceable Australia’s ageing population is about to greatly increase the country’s demand for living infrastructure. Anyone who knows Baby Boomers knows this generation is not going to go off quietly into old age. Combine that with the fact that Australians are living longer, and it is essential we unlock the benefits of integrating plants and living infrastructure systems into our aged care facilities. Green roof, Bridgepoint Australians have one of the highest life expectancies in the world, and more than 15 per cent of our population is currently aged 65 years [...]

Five times green walls elevated interior architecture

Five times green walls elevated interior architecture This article was originally published in Architecture & Design Plant-covered buildings have become immensely popular over the last few years – and understandably so. Exterior green roofs and walls have several benefits for our environment, from ‘cleaning’ the air in our cities to acting as noise insulators and regulating the indoor temperatures of a building. Not to mention how good they look, and how little maintenance they require if they are properly installed. These same advantages are shared by green walls that are used indoors. Interior living walls help to improve indoor air [...]

2017-08-21T14:38:02+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Categories: Breathing Wall, Case Studies, News, Published Articles|

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

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 [...]

Green motorways. Contradiction in terms or potential reality?

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 [...]

Why green walls are more than just a pretty façade

Why Green Walls are more than just a pretty facade Originally published in Property Australia on 2 May 2017 Green walls have captured our imaginations since the days of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. But today's high-tech vertical gardens are more than just a pretty facade.  In their most basic form, green walls are just buildings covered with vegetation - from ivy-draped castles to Roman loggias laden with grape vines. But modern green or living walls bring with them an array of unmatched benefits. External green walls can reduce the urban heat island effect and enhance aesthetics. In warm climates, greenery can reduce the surface temperature of walls, and [...]

2017-10-23T14:21:24+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Living Infrastructure, Media, News, Published Articles|

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

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 [...]

Sourceable: What is research commercialisation?

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 [...]

Sourceable: Creating resilient cities with living infrastructure

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 [...]

Sourceable: Living infrastructure report card

From the formation of an industry alliance and a biodiversity sensitive urban design protocol, to promises of increased greenery and infrastructure for a new age, the last nine months have seen quite a bit of activity around our industry. But even with all this change, I’m wondering, what is really going to drive change and create opportunities? Here I offer my ratings of four major developments for living infrastructure in Australia today, highlighting which ones I feel are going to make a real difference. RMIT Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design protocol Grade: A+ RMIT University released its Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design (BSUD) protocol late last year. Based on five key principles, [...]

2016-04-26T14:05:55+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Categories: Living Infrastructure, Published Articles|Tags: , |

The Garden Gurus: One Central Park

In this episode of the Garden Gurus, Nigel looks at One Central Park in Sydney, recently voted the world’s best tallest building, this truly incredible building is home to the world’s tallest vertical garden. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVcnI8vTBu0  

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