Vertical Gardens have become more than simply an aesthetic trend, but with rapid urbanisation, architects and the construction industry are probing for greener solutions, and green walls are an ideal fix for so many reasons.
Within business parks, hotels and homes, more and more there is a necessity to build for wellness – for the benefit of the planet, but also the wellbeing of the building’s inhabitants.
Green walls improve air quality, regulate temperatures indoors and outdoors and create a tranquil and so productive atmosphere. Covering a wall in vegetation also protects it from the elements and extends its lifespan – all this while helping the environmental crisis. Energy consumption is reduced; green walls offer waste water management opportunities, and assist in re-vegetating the concrete jungle. Read more about the benefits of green walls here.
Recently, Hotel Verde at the Cape Town International Airport was the first hotel in the world to achieve a second LEED Platinum Green Building Certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED programme (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) was developed as “an internationally recognized green building certification system to help transform the design, construction and operation of buildings. Both commercial building- and home-owners can gain LEED credits, by satisfying certain green criteria.” – Ambius.
Certification such as this helps to increase property value and gives prestige for building practises that are now integral to the industry.
by Kim O’Hanlon, B.Jrn – www.kimohanlon.com
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