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 quality, and have been found to offer added psychological benefits for building occupants. Several studies have shown that greenery in internal spaces creates a more calming environment, reducing tension and stress while increasing productivity.
Last year, Lendlease welcomed Australia’s first breathing green wall in its new global headquarters, located in Sydney’s Barangaroo South. The six-metre-high green wall by Junglefy incorporates no less than 5,000 plants. A two-year study carried out by researchers at the University Technology Sydney (UTS) found that the Breathing Wall removed over 24 litres of carbon dioxide from the air every hour – the highest recorded carbon dioxide removal rate recorded in scientific literature, according to Lendlease. This same research also indicated that the green wall worked to cool surrounding air temperatures, resulting in reduced air-conditioning costs and improved energy efficiency overall.
“The breathing wall delivered at Lendlease’s new headquarters is much more than a green wall,” says Jock Gammon, owner and founder of Junglefy. “Our breathing wall actively pulls air through the module and over the leaves and growing medium. This active ventilation offers all the benefits of a traditional green wall or pot plants – [such as] reducing carbon dioxide levels, filtering out air pollutants, and cooling and humidifying indoor air – but at a much greater level of efficiency.” This article continues, read more…
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