How can you Contribute to Sustainability by Installing Living Green Walls?
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Updated on 10th May 2017 by Planters
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What is a Living Green Wall? 

A living wall is an ultimate way to make your business property more environmentally friendly. This novel concept allows you to grow a wide range of plants on a vertical axis, changing the appearance of your property dramatically and showing every passerby that your company is committed to helping save the environment.

A living green wall adds panels to the side of a property which has been fitted with a special irrigation system. These panels not only protect brick and mortar on the side of buildings (and help stop cracks and erosion), but they also allow plants to grow and transform the face of the property.

The irrigation system feeds the plants using a mineral and nutrient mix, meaning no soil is required. Once installed, these panels need simple maintenance to ensure that irrigation systems continue working efficiently.

This concept builds on an age-old tradition of allowing climbing plants to grow on the sides of buildings. Using special panels, it is possible to protect the brick and mortar from rooting plants, and ensure your property stays protected while helping save the environment at the same time.

How can a Living Wall Help the Environment?

It may sound like a tall order, but living green walls can have a huge impact on the environment.

Improved Air Quality

According to the World Bank’s annual report on the global environment, which is widely known as the “Little Green Data Book”, the United Arab Emirates now has the world’s most polluted air, with 80 micrograms of pollutants in the air, for every cubic meter. This is higher than China, which has 73, and India, which has 32.

A German study has previously shown that using a living green wall can significantly cut back on the amount of nitrogen dioxide and other particulate matter in the air. The study, performed by biogeochemist Thomas Pugh, from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, used a computer model to record chemical reactions based on building placement, wind speeds, and the installation of a green wall.

 Noise Pollution Reduction

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Noise pollution can also be cut back quite substantially through the use of green walls. Plants have been used in recent history to help absorb noise along busy roads, and with a living green wall, it’s possible to reduce the amount of noise even in large UAE cities. The living green walls can naturally block any high-frequency sounds, and the structure used to hold the plants in place can reduce lower frequencies.

On top of that, the green wall (which provides an extra layer of air between the wall and the plants) can help reflect and refract other acoustic energy. When more inner-city buildings adopt this style, it is possible to reduce the amount of street noise which can be heard within the building.

The Urban Heat Island Effect

The little-known Urban Heat Island Effect increases the temperature both on the street and within buildings, in inner cities. When large buildings are constructed within a small space, the narrow streets between the buildings experience higher temperatures as a result of heat becoming trapped.

Furthermore, buildings can absorb the heat of the sun, forcing property owners to invest in expensive (and often inefficient) air conditioning systems. By using a green wall, commercial and residential property owners can stop this effect in its tracks. Thanks to the process of evapotranspiration, whereby plants can disperse heat through evaporating water, buildings can be cooled down and heat can even be reflected.

Promoting Sustainability

When a company decides to install living walls, the image it creates is powerful. The sight of a living wall is quite striking and it immediately stands out from the other concrete, brick and glass buildings surrounding it.

By simply taking the brave step to install these innovative and environmentally-friendly walls, a company is promoting sustainability and encouraging other companies to keep up. The more walls are installed, the more other companies are pressured to keep up. Installing your own living wall helps promote sustainability, and creates a vision for a new future that cares more about the quality of the air we breathe, and the environment we live in.

It’ll Save You on Energy Costs, Too

Not only will installing living green walls help you promote sustainability in your workspace, it can save you and your company money, too. Through the evapotranspiration process, interior and exterior living walls can cool the air in the summertime, and during the winter months, the walls provide an extra layer of insulation that helps keep your heat inside.

Not only does this reduce the needs to use air conditioners around the clock during the summer, but it means that even large buildings can rely less on a central heating system during the winter.

Living green walls are so effective at cooling down a warm building during summer, that it is possible for them to reduce surface temperatures by 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Commercial and residential properties utilising a living green wall can potentially save thousands in energy bills every year.

Affordable and Environmentally Friendly

Living green walls can save property owners so much on energy bills every year that it is more affordable than ever to become environmentally friendly. If you’re looking to boost your company’s image by promoting energy sustainability, and reduce your energy costs, consider installing interior or exterior living walls from Planters. With years of experience and a team of professionals ready to help, Planters can provide you with a totally customised living wall for your company.Effects of Plants to Sustainability
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