Green walls, also known as living walls, are complex systems of different structures. They can be either freestanding or attached to any other standing equipment or façade. Living walls are considered vertical gardens, as well as eco-walls.
Patrick Blanc is known to be the one who marked the beginning of this environmentally sustainable revolution in landscape design, although Stanley White Hart patented the technology.
Living walls are the next logical step after the plants such as ivy that shape a green layer on building facades. The structure of each living wall consists of precise and detailed designed model that combines the advantages of the vegetation in the busy urban environment, but at the same time does not weight a lot or doesn’t look tacky.
Studies show that the air in confined spaces such as office or residential buildings is saturated with toxic emissions. This leads to the inevitable sense of malaise, fatigue and lack of productivity. Living walls come in handy when fighting the syndrome of the city man.
Specially designed, the living walls are structured by various pants that manage to mitigate the greenhouse effect by absorbing carbon dioxide and turning it into pure oxygen.
- Saving Energy
An additional and highly useful side effect that the green and living walls have is their ability to conserve and save energy. Research shows that urban conditions conducive to the so-called “island” effect, which significantly increases the temperatures in the urban areas. Although vegetation, planted in urban environment, contributes to the overall green sustainability, the green walls are considered to be effective while air refreshing and mood uplifting in small spaces. It is known that plants have the ability to reflect the energy, not preserve it. This means that the converted heat is redistributed to the atmospheric layer in the form of steam, and the air is purified by carbonation
Green walls have another great feature – they preserve energy, by cooling down the buildings during hot months and vice versa, while it’s cold outside.
It’s no secret that large cities bear the stress of high noise levels. Cars and other vehicles that millions of us use every day on our way to home or work, significantly raise the noise levels. Unconsciously, many of us are influenced by the noise, which reduces our ability to cope with the everyday stress.
Besides soundproof and air purification, living walls usually raise the cost of the property. Potential buyers of real estate properties have always prized well-maintained green spaces, and the proximity of the home to a green space, such as public garden or a park, always contributes to the overall assessment of the property.