Consider a living wall

| by Heather Ferrier Laminack
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.

For more project pictures and information on the benefits and details of living walls, visit GreenOverGrey.

Topics: Landscaping

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. View Heather Ferrier Laminack's profile on LinkedIn

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