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Australia’s largest Junglefy Breathing Wall opens in Melbourne

Australia’s largest Junglefy Breathing Wall opens in Melbourne L-R: Jock Gammon, Junglefy; Deputy Mayor Arron Wood, City of Melbourne; Scott Mosley, Lendlease Australia’s largest Breathing Wall was unveiled on Friday 13 October at 485 La Trobe Street in Melbourne. At 88sqm, the large-scale Breathing Wall sets an aspirational benchmark for incorporating living infrastructure in our cities. The Junglefy Breathing Wall was officially opened by Scott Mosely from Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial, Lendlease and Deputy Lord Mayor from the City of Melbourne, Arron Wood who said, “The refurbishment at 485 La Trobe St demonstrates Lendlease’s ability to reposition an asset with sustainability as the first principle, guiding [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Industry leaders praise the Junglefy Breathing Wall

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 – [...]

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 [...]

Junglefy wins Sustainability Award

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 [...]

Award nominations for Junglefy Breathing Wall

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 [...]

Junglefy Breathing Wall @ SEE Sustainable Experience

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 [...]

Australian Financial Review: Workplace design – green breathing wall at the heart of the new Lendlease HQ

This article was first published by Robert Harley and Su-Lin Tan in the Australian Financial Review. On Monday, the first of 2000 staffers of global property and construction giant, Lendlease, will move into the group's new headquarters on Sydney's Barangaroo South. Their new workplace, over 12 floors of International Towers Three, is part vision of the future and part showcase. It includes hero elements like 5000 plants in Australia's first "breathing" wall, a large cafe kitchen, a 3D immersion theatre and a wellness hub. And the cost, though not disclosed, would be more than $70 million. Lendlease chief executive Steve McCann said the new headquarters would be a "very cost-effective outcome" given the workspace density and the employee benefits that Lendlease's team-based environment could [...]

Sydney Morning Herald: Lendlease pushes the envelope at new Barangaroo digs

This article was first published by Carolyn Cummins in the Sydney Morning Herald. Lendlease has entered a new era of workplace design with the opening of its new global headquarter at Barangaroo's Tower three, which it designed and built. Over time the same concept will be rolled out to its overseas-based offices in London and New York. The other main new anchor Barangaroo tenants, all of which have looked to the future in office design, are St George, KPMG, BT Financial Group and lawyers Gilbert & Tobin. To show what it can develop for clients, the global construction and infrastructure giant is now walking the walk in creating a modern office space that will offer a full range of [...]

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