GREEN WALLS/VERTICAL GARDENS
A green wall is a wall partially or completely covered with greenery that includes a growing medium, such as soil or a substrate. Many green walls also feature an integrated water delivery system. A green wall is also known as a living wall or vertical garden. It provides insulation to keep the building’s inside temperature consistent.
Green walls have growing media supported on the face of the wall, while green facades have soil only at the base of the wall, in a container or in ground, and support climbing plants on the face of the wall to create the green, or vegetated, facade.
Green walls may be indoors or outside, freestanding or attached to an existing wall, and come in a great variety of sizes.
IMPROVED AIR QUALITY
Office workers are typically exposed to air toxins including formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, benzene and VOC. Living green walls metabolize harmful toxins and release oxygen into the air. Vertical or living green walls are natural air-filters; they help create a cleaner, work environment that can lead to better overall employee health and production.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, an internationally recognized green building certification council.T heir mission is to encourage conversion of the design, operation and construction of buildings into eco-friendly properties.
Living green walls can earn buildings LEED points which helps increase a property’s value by creating an improved carbon footprint. Commercial Buildings that receive LEED certifications can receive tax credits.