The government has set steep targets to reduce the carbon footprint in major cities across the UK by 2050, some cities are taking this goal further with aims of achieving this by 2040 or even 2030.

Outdoor living walls play a vital role.  Impressive installations are popping up in cities around the world.  The combination of living walls and green roofs have created a visual statement whilst tackling many other environmental issues.

Countries in Europe, China and Japan are leading the way with an eruption of sensational greenery across their cities, we still have a long way to go in the UK with many more installations currently in the south than in the north.

A vertical wall can provide an ideal solution for garden lovers who live in city apartments, vertical greenery can be installed onto any size of wall and when it comes to adding more greenery into urban spaces, every step counts small or large.

Health & Wellbeing

Wall Art

Mentally, we are increasingly affected by an unhealthy urban environment.  Grey dull lifeless buildings do nothing to enhance our moods or wellbeing.  Rich lush plants, however, do and living walls make a statement, giving life to buildings and improving the all-round experience of the passerby.

Purifies the air

Green foliage on buildings purifies the surrounding air by filtering harmful pollutants and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.  Tunnels created between large buildings are generally heavily polluted.   A green wall or façade will significantly improve these hotspots, although any area in our polluted cities will benefit from a living wall.

Environmental

Rainwater buffer

Our weather is changing dramatically, flooding in the UK has become a common challenge as rainfall is coming down in much larger volumes, in much shorter periods of time.   Recently some areas have suffered as much as 50mm in 3 hours, this deluge of heavy rain is causing big flooding problems in the UK.

Living walls absorb rainwater and the plants act as a water buffer.  The plants absorb the rainwater then slowly release the excess back into the sewage system.  Water also evaporates through the plants.  By slowing down the runoff the risk of flooding is reduced, the more greenery we have in our city’s towns and villages the more we can help to combat the risk of flooding.

 

Increased Biodiversity

Living walls increase biodiversity as the plants offer shelter and food for birds and insects.

Areas devoid of greenery are unsuitable habitats for wildlife and will not attract bees, butterflies’ birds and insects.    It is vitally important that we encourage wildlife into our cities and urban spaces providing them with a natural habitat.

The UK Government has formally recognised the importance of green infrastructure in the provision of biodiversity through the publication of the Natural Environment White Paper; The Natural Choice: Securing the Value of Nature (DEFRA, 2011).

Informed by the findings of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA, 2011), the White Paper aims to halt biodiversity loss by 2020, support ‘healthy and functioning ecosystems’, and establish ‘coherent ecological networks’(DEFRA, 2011).

 

Reduce the air Temperature

Outdoor green walls and facades are energy cost effective; the abundance of plants insulate the wall therefore reducing the overall temperature.  In the winter the building will be warmer in the summer the building will be cooler.  Heating and air conditioning bills will be reduced at the same time reducing carbon emissions.

 

Purifies surrounding air

Plants helpfully capture toxins, gases and particulate matter by engaging several natural processes. The scientific term for this is biogenic regulation. The three main processes that control particulate deposition are sedimentation, impaction and Brownian motion. These are really useful processes that help to clean the air we breathe. If you would like more details of how these biological processes work, then please get in touch and we can direct you to some of the detailed scientific research.

Building

BREEAM & LEED Credits

Green infrastructure is actively encouraged.  Planning authorities’ welcome plans where living walls are included, especially if space is limited and of a premium.  New developments in sensitive areas will be looked upon favorably especially if they can tick several sustainability requirements.

Fire Resistant layer,

The Sempergreen flexipanel is the only product in the market that has been tested for fire safety at the highest European class; fire class B – s2, d0. Thanks to this certification, a SemperGreenwall is ideally suited for project-based applications, such as schools, hospitals, shopping centers, hotels, restaurants and office buildings. Also, application in escape routes is permitted.

Increased Property value

The natural and sustainable appearance of a live green wall, combined with a reduction in energy costs, means a potential increase in the property’s value.  Studies have shown that a company’s building may be viewed as a symbol of its environmental and social performance and may also be an attraction for job applicants and generally viewed as a nicer place to live.