Consider a living wall
You have probably heard of green roofs and their many advantages. Gaining in popularity is an offshoot of the same principle — living walls.
Seen in both interiors and on exterior facades, these green walls come with a host of environmental and health benefits:
- Reduces temperature fluctuations on exterior surfaces, which translates into stabilizing the building's interior environment.
- Protects a structure's facade from sun, rain and other elements, which means less maintenance.
- Can lower energy consumption up to 20 percent.
- Improves indoor air quality and health by purifying the indoor air.
- Improves aesthetics by incorporating a living work of art.
- Improves acoustics by dampening noise pollution.
- Incorporating the living greenery can reduce stress and enhance well being.
Things to keep in mind when incorporating living walls into your project:
- Each square foot of the living wall can weigh 25-40 pounds when fully saturated, so the wall must be able to support this load. Existing walls will need reinforcement.
- Walls must be waterproofed to protect structure behind it.
- You will need an irrigation system with a precise timer.
- Best to consult a professional on larger scale projects.
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Heather Ferrier Laminack Representing the fourth generation of the Ferrier Companies, Heather Ferrier Laminack functions as the marketing manager for Texas-based green home builder Ferrier Custom Homes, utilizing her passion for sustainable building practices and her first-hand experience of green building techniques.