Green walls have been around for many years but with energy efficiency becoming so important these days and everyone wanting to do their part for the environment, we are seeing more of these living green walls being introduced into urban areas offering visual appeal and a host of environmental benefits.
Where Did They Start?
Some believe the concept behind living green walls originated in Scandinavia, where green roofs were used to help boost insulation. From this model developed the idea for green walls, which whilst continuing to offer greater insulation, also were visually spectacular.
However, others believe that the idea for green walls can be traced back to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Whilst there can be no definite agreement on where the idea originated from, we can however take advantage of these fantastic garden masterpieces, and try to fully utilize their environmental advantages.
The Environmental Benefits
The main environmental benefit of green walls is their energy efficiency. They are proven to keep buildings cooler on hot summer days, reducing the amount of air conditioning used.
They also help with noise reduction which is a huge advantage if you work or live in a busy city area. These living green walls make buildings look one with nature, even in the heart of a city environment and then combine that with insulation properties and noise reduction qualities and it’s no surprise these walls have become a top choice in buildings around the world.
The idea behind exterior green walls has also begun to move inside buildings especially office blocks because they relax office workers while increasing oxygen levels. This is a great benefit when working in a high rise building with sealed windows, it has shown that office workers are more productive with the living green wall in place on both the inside and outside.
Use in Homes
Green walls are now being introduced into homes as well and it’s no surprise, they are easy to incorporate and you can make your own whether you want to place them inside or out.
Two panels hold the soil and compost in between them, and after choosing your desired plants, all you have to do is mount them! The great thing is they are a benefit for smaller properties where homeowners have planted herbs and even vegetables in the living green walls, enjoying the benefits of the wall when it comes to visual appeal and insulation while also enjoying the organic produce they provide.
Another option is called a vertical garden which is a very popular choice in modern homes and apartments. These are green walls that don’t take up the whole wall and become a garden masterpiece inside the home improving oxygenation and giving that sense of peace even if you live in a city area.
Living green walls are pretty, they look fantastic on office and home walls and they have so many great benefits that they are increasing in popularity each and every year.
About our guest…
Sarah Canning authors for Design55Online.co.uk. She loves the concept and the asthetics of green walls, and has built one in her own home.