As a collaboration between Hort Innovation Australia and Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA), this case study with Junglefy’s Horticulture Manager, Andrew Wands details how Junglefy uses research and technology to refine living infrastructure projects and to bring more plants into cities. This mission of more plants in cities is shared with NGIA’s 202020 Vision aiming to make Australian urban areas 20% greener by 2020.
Nurseries to capitalise as demand for living infrastructure grows
A Sydney production nursery is expecting to produce 100,000 plants next year, up from the current 50,000 this year, as awareness grows of the benefits of integrating green infrastructure into buildings.
Junglefy is a vertically integrated business that specialises in innovative green walls, roofs and facades. It employs more than 40 staff with a head office in Banksmeadow and a production nursery in Ingleside.
The business works with the likes of Lendlease and on high profile projects at Barangaroo and One Central Park in Sydney, as well as private developments and local council initiatives across the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide metropolitan areas.
Horticulture Manager Andrew Wands has been with Junglefy for five years and was drawn to the business due to its cutting-edge approach to green infrastructure such as the Junglefy Breathing Wall™.
“This is an active, modular system that accelerates the removal of air pollutants. It also acts as a sound barrier while cooling the surrounding air temperature, resulting in energy and air conditioning savings,” Mr Wands said.
“We’ve partnered with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to test the efficacy of the Breathing Wall, which has provided us with that real point of difference in the market.
“The team at UTS found that the wall removed 80 per cent of the room’s CO2, which is the equivalent of 160 large plot plants, and removed 95 per cent of urban pollution in just 60 minutes, in comparison to air conditioners that remove 33 per cent.
“It also resulted in a 41 per cent noise reduction compared to a conventional building wall.”
According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental risk, which Mr Wands believes is a compelling case for more plants to be placed into our homes and workplaces. This case study continues.