Health & Wellbeing
Providing a healing environment indoors encourages social interaction, increased productivity, innovation and creativity.
A green landscape can leave you feeling energized and relaxed, as Plants release oxygen into the air, taking up carbon dioxide into your body. The more efficiently your body works the brighter, less fatigued, foggy and irritable you will feel. Furthermore, evidence shows an Increased speed of reaction, improved attention span and focus whilst working.
Greenery promotes Increased tolerance to pain, particularly beneficial in places such as care homes, hospitals and schools. Interestingly, if you look at an area dominated with green plants for only a few minutes you significantly reduce stress and improve recovery time.
Enriching an environment with living plants improves mental wellbeing. The power of greenery in the form of art is not only inspiring because of the visual beauty, but because people of all ages can benefit.
Ill people recovering in hospitals, children trying to focus in schools, old people in homes feeling brighter, workers in offices suffering from less stress, people at home achieving healthier relationships, etc. The all-round benefits of plants to our health are huge.
Employers understand how costly it is too loose staff, it is proven that employees who feel cared for will stay longer, be happier, healthier and more motivated. The results equate to higher productivity and less time off work as a result. Investing in the right work conditions can pay dividends in many ways.
A living wall helps to combat everyday health challenges, reduced stress levels, lower blood pressure and all-round improved general wellbeing.
Such are the challenges of indoor air contaminants. research suggests that over 4 million people worldwide will die prematurely due to the poor-quality air. High levels of pollutants are generally higher indoors than outdoors. Due to the potent mix of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Sick Building Syndrome is a legitimate issue, it is caused by poor ventilation, poorly maintained air conditioning systems, dust, smoke, fumes, fabric fibres in the air and bright or flickering lights.
Symptoms associated with SBS include eye, nose and throat irritation; headaches; irritability; chest tightness, wheezing and fatigue.
Improved air quality
Poor air quality in buildings is a major concern, inside homes, offices, hospitals, schools, airports, shopping centres and so on, surprisingly, maybe, the air inside will be far more polluted than the air found in cities.
Quality air helps to boost our immune system and our mental health. The improved air quality also helps to boost our chest health. When you breathe in pollutants, you irritate the lungs. By breathing fresher air, you keep the airways clear and irritant free, therefore you will breathe more easily.
Plants remove the toxins from the air by absorbing harmful chemicals, research has shown that plants will remove around 87% of the pollutants in the air, some of them being the most harmful chemicals from everyday substances such as formaldehyde found in vinyl, and shopping bags for instance. Benzene and trichloroethylene can be found in products such as paint, ink and man-made fibers. Benzene is generally found in high proportions in educational establishments and offices because paper and books contain high levels of these pollutants. A living wall contributes by purifying the air, reducing harmful chemicals by converting CO2 into oxygen, leaving the air you breathe safer and healthier.
Reduced ambient temperature
A green wall will do more than improve health and air quality. The abundance of greenery in a room will help to regulate the temperature providing cooler and more comfortable surroundings. In turn, the need for air conditioning is decreased by as much as 33%, leaving a noticeable impact on the pocket in reduced energy bills.
Reduced amient noise
Plants absorb and reflect sound they insulate the building and act as a sound barrier. The resulting reduction in noise is as much as 8 dB leading to a quieter, calmer and more relaxed ambiance. The living wall absorbs up to 41% more sound than a traditional wall altering the acoustics and bringing noise levels down. The reduction in sound varies depending on the physical attributes of the room. Rooms with hard surfaces such as exposed brick and stone floors will see the biggest impact, but all rooms will benefit.
Plants offer the perfect way to add humidity back into the air, through a process known as transpiration. The plants absorb water through their roots, which then circulate the moisture through stems and leaves. When water reaches the leaves, it evaporates into the air increasing indoor humidity.
Our bodies need as much moisture as possible. Dry air can lead to irritation in the lungs causing health issues such as dry mouth and overheat. Plants release almost all the water they take in and act as natural humidifier, resulting in a reduced need for electric humidifiers and therefore creating further reductions in energy bills.
BREEAM & LEED
A living wall will certainly contribute to BREEAM and LEED credits, the scores will differ depending on the project. New and existing buildings can qualify for credits, qualifying factors vary.
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.
A pre-grown living wall will provide immediate results transforming a wall and its surroundings instantly.