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Benefits of Gaarden Walls' Green products

Aesthetics

A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing." – Sir William Dobell

At Garden Walls we take an artistic approach as aesthetics is one of our main goals. With each project we aim to create a strikingly beautiful, unique and original work of art designed to best complement its surroundings.

Designing a green wall which is diverse, eye-catching, intriguing and simply a pleasure to look at is a complex task. It requires strategic planning, in-depth knowledge of countless plants species, a strong eye for design and a whole lot of creativity! The team at Garden Walls possess these skills and works with its clients to create spectacular living masterpieces. Our green walls are appreciated by anyone who stops and takes a moment to be captivated by the beauty and diversity that nature has to offer.

Air Quality

We currently live in a world where little is untouched by man. Pollution reaches the farthest corners of the planet. It is almost enough to make you want to run inside and hide! However, this may not be the best idea because according to modern scientific research, indoor environments may be as much as ten times more polluted than the outdoor environment.

The good news is that all plants absorb and clean pollutants from the air. Certain tropical species are more efficient than others. At Garden Walls we have hundreds of different plants at our disposal. We always make sure that each of our green walls contains ample numbers of the plants which are best at improving air quality. A single potted plant removes a portion of these airborne toxins and with each additional plant this increases. A green wall can contain over a thousand plants, all of which filter air and in addition create energy-rich oxygen. If you were to have this many plants in pots you would most likely fill your whole house!

How green walls can help?
So how does this all relate to green walls, you may ask. Well, research undertaken by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) proves that plants are capable of cleaning indoor air of the toxic chemical soup that is common in modern buildings.
Through the process of photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide (CO2) and release oxygen (O2). An increase in oxygen helps to keep us awake and alert.
Another advantage of having a green wall is that it saves a lot of space. If the same number of plants that we use on our living walls were growing in pots on your floor you could probably fill your whole house! You will benefit from a dramatic increase in air filtration and oxygen production and do so using much less valuable floor space.

Building Protection

Green walls or living walls protect buildings. They do this by reducing temperature fluctuations of the envelope. A constant flux in temperature leads to the expansion and contraction of building materials. This results in cracks, fractures and general deterioration.

The special method in which our green walls are framed enhances building protection. The waterproof living wall panels and the exterior envelope are separated by a layer of air, allowing the building to ‘breath’. The system is very similar to rain-screening technology; keeping rain off the building while still allowing moisture to escape.

Covering an exposed vertical surface with a green wall shields it from precipitation and wind as well as from harmful UV radiation and corrosive acid rain. This in turn increases the integrity and longevity of a building’s exterior.

Evergy Savings

Naturally everything heats up when exposed to solar radiation. A building is no different. During the summer it leads to an increased demand on cooling systems and the energy they require. Studies have shown that the surface of an exterior green wall is up to 10°C cooler than an exposed wall, therefore considerably less heat is radiated inward. Not only do green walls reduce cooling requirements but they also help to mitigate the urban heat island effect.

Interior green walls also help to save energy during the summer. Through the process known as transpiration plants actually cool their surrounding environment slightly. With each additional plant this increases and therefore a green wall, with hundreds of plants, can reduce the temperature of a room by anywhere from 3 to 7°C. Some studies have shown that interior green walls can cut electricity bills by up to 20%!

During winter the Garden Walls Green O2 living wall system acts as extra insulation. There is an additional layer of air between it and the wall which reduces the amount of heat escaping and cool air coming in.

Health and Wellness

Living in urban environments, we are surrounded by concrete, traffic, noise and pollution. This is not healthy. It has a profound impact on our physical and mental wellness. Greenery softens this hard environment, acting as a tonic to ease stress and fatigue. Green walls provide a substantial and spiritual connection to nature which is missing in the modern concrete jungle.

Air quality is an important aspect of health and wellness and plants have been proven to filter and remove toxins. They also add energy rich oxygen. With each additional plant these benefits are multiplied. A green wall, with thousands of plants, therefore has a major positive impact. This is explained in more detail under the Indoor Air Quality section.

Why is it that people feel more relaxed and less stressed around greenery?
It is most likely due to man’s evolutionary bond with plants. According to some optometrists the human eye can distinguish between 2,000 shades of green, but only 100 shades of red. Through human evolution, recognizing a plant’s shade of green was really important when you were about to eat it or use it for shelter or medicine. This could be one of the reasons why we feel so comfortable around plants.

The NASA Clean Air Study has been led by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in association with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA). Its results suggest that certain common indoor plants may provide a natural way of removing toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde andtrichloroethylene from the air, helping neutralize the effects of sick building syndrome.NASA researchers suggest efficient air cleaning is accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space

Property Value

A living wall can increase property values of homes and businesses. Studies have shown that by simply having plants in and around a building or home can increase real estate values. A living wall is a unique way to add more greenery to your ‘interiors cape’ design or exterior landscaping plan and attract more people interested in purchasing your property.

Furthermore, it has been proven that by having greenery in retail shops, malls, restaurants, cafes, bars and other businesses, the number of client’s increases. Studies have also attributed significantly higher occupancy rates at hotels which incorporate gardens and plants compared to those without. A green wall is a great way to provide the greenery that people want. If they feel less stress, become more relaxed, they will end up staying longer in your establishment. This also means that they will probably spend more.

Acoustics

Studies have shown that the leaves of plants attenuate sound by reflecting, refracting and absorbing acoustic energy in small amounts. The amount of noise reduction is proportional to the number of plants that are present in a room. Green walls contain such a large number of plants that the acoustics of a room can be substantially improved.

Plants and trees have been used for years as barriers against traffic and other urban noise pollution. Green walls built on the exteriors of buildings will do the same. They insulate against noise, vibrations and reduce sound penetration. In addition they help to absorb the echo bouncing off buildings and dampen the noise pollution of modern cities.

LEED

Most people’s reaction when seeing a Gaarden Walls Green O2 Living wall is ‘wow this is a green building!’ but other than simply looking green it can be used to earn additional LEED® credits. LEED®, which stands for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building certification system. Categories cover issues of sustainability, energy savings, indoor air quality, health & wellness, and acoustics, among others.

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