ESE Green Wall

Nature Meets Architecture

Green Wall 1A green wall is a wall, either free-standing or part of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and, in some cases, soil or an inorganic growing medium. The vegetation for a green façade is always attached on outside walls; with living walls this is also usually the case, although some living walls can also be green walls for interior use.

Green walls are a key component of living architecture and they will become increasingly important fixtures in our cities in years to come. Green wall technologies provide a wide range of options for designers who are interested in using the building envelope to accomplish multiple objectives and to provide new free standing design features on the exterior and interior of buildings.

The design, installation and maintenance of green buildings are vital to the long-term health and sustainability of our communities. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to bring green walls into your suite of design options.

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Types of Green Wall

There are two main categories of Green Walls:

  • Green façades - Green façades are made up of climbing plants either growing directly on a wall or, more recently, specially designed supporting structures. The plant shoot system grows up the side of the building while being rooted to the ground.
  • Living walls - In a living wall the modular panels are often comprised of polypropylene plastic containers, geotextiles, irrigation systems, a growing medium and vegetation.

Functions of Green Wall

  • The plants reduce overall temperatures of the building which in turn reduces energy consumption.
  • Living walls may also be a means for water reuse. The plants may purify slightly polluted water by absorbing the dissolved nutrients. Bacteria mineralize the organic components to make them available to the plants.
  • Living walls are particularly suitable for cities, as they allow good use of available vertical surface areas.
  • They are also suitable in arid areas, as the circulating water on a vertical wall is less likely to evaporate than in horizontal gardens.
  • The living wall could also function for urban agriculture or urban gardening. It may be built as a work of art for its beauty.
  • It is sometimes built indoors to help cure sick building syndrome.
  • Protects exterior finishes from UV radiation, the elements and temperature fluctuations that wear down materials.

Benefits of Green Wall

  • Increase the life span of the waterproofing membrane
  • Space saving gardens
  • Cooling exterior and interior
  • Reduce CO2 emissions
  • Absorbs sound
  • Auto watering and recycling option
  • Substantially reduce HVAC needs of the building
  • Reduce storm water runoff
  • Reduce heat given off by the building
  • Insulate the building
  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Building structure protection
  • Increase property values
  • Reduce toxins in the air
  • Add oxygen to the air
  • Add to the aesthetic value of the property
  • System warranty & easy maintenance
  • Design & engineered for any façade