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The Green Cities team along with our in-house horticulturist will help you create your own eye-catching feature. With our knowledge of plants and creativity we'll help you create a living masterpiece in your home or office. When visiting botanical gardens, taking a stroll in a park or hiking through a forest it is easy to see that nature has come up with a huge variety of colours, textures, patterns and sizes. By utilising this diversity and incorporating hundreds of species of plants it is possible to create living art. We like to see plants as our paints and walls as our canvases!
Health and Wellbeing
Living in urban environments, we are surrounded by concrete, traffic, noise and pollution. This is not healthy. It has a profound impact on our physical and mental wellness. Greenery softens this hard environment, acting as a tonic to ease stress and fatigue. Green walls provide a substantial and spiritual connection to nature which is missing in the modern concrete jungle.
Naturally everything heats up when exposed to solar radiation. A building is no different. During the summer it leads to an increased demand on cooling systems and the energy they require. Studies have shown that the surface of an exterior green wall is up to 10°C cooler than an exposed wall, therefore considerably less heat is radiated inward. Not only do green walls reduce cooling requirements but they also help to mitigate the urban heat island effect.
We currently live in a world where little is untouched by man. Pollution reaches the farthest corners of the planet. It is almost enough to make you want to run inside and hide! However, this may not be the best idea because according to modern scientific research, indoor environments may be as much as ten times more polluted than the outdoor environment. This is known as “Sick Building Syndrome."
The average person spends over 90% of their time indoors. We are constantly being bombarded with indoor air pollution. This includes toxic fumes such as formaldehyde, VOCs, trichloroethylene, carbon monoxide, benzene, toluene, xylene, and countless others. The good news is that all plants absorb and clean pollutants from the air.
Green walls or living walls protect buildings. They do this by reducing temperature fluctuations of the envelope. A constant flux in temperature leads to the expansion and contraction of building materials. This results in cracks, fractures and general deterioration.
Covering an exposed vertical surface with a green wall shields it from precipitation and wind as well as from harmful UV radiation and corrosive acid rain. This in turn increases the integrity and longevity of a building’s exterior.
Have you ever been in a large room full of people talking and you feel like you have to yell so the person next to you can hear? Did you feel overwhelmed by the amount of noise and left the room with a ringing in your ears? This is due to the echo created by all of the people’s voices or music bouncing off the walls, ceilings, floors and other hard objects in the room.
Studies have shown that the leaves of plants attenuate sound by reflecting, refracting and absorbing acoustic energy in small amounts. The amount of noise reduction is proportional to the number of plants that are present in a room. Green walls contain such a large number of plants that the acoustics of a room can be substantially improved.
Easy To Install
At Green Cities we believe it is vital that our products are accessible and as easy to install as possible. That's why we offer a DIY option (for purchase through our online store or selected resellers) so that everyone has a chance to have their own vertical garden at an affordable price. For those who are organising larger projects or not sure about installing by DIY we can easy install your Gro-Wall for you and at the same time we can assist you with irrigation and plant designing. We make creating a greener environment easy.
Green walls are at the cutting edge of design trends. They have been featured in (or on) upper end hotels and restaurants, designer retail stores, exclusive clubs, basically any place looking for distinction; something that makes them stand out from their competitors. A green wall does just that.
Living walls are also great marketing tools that can be used to promote a company’s green image. For example, car dealerships have installed green walls right before the release of new hybrid or electric vehicles. This speaks directly to the green consumer. It has been suggested that green walls can increase a property's value by up to 20%.
At Green Cities we are committed to improving the environment and helping to make the cities we live in more sustainable. Our green walls help buildings become more energy efficient which leads to a decrease in carbon emissions. They also mitigate the urban heat island effect, absorb and filter stormwater, reduce pollution and act as carbon sinks.
In addition to using a wide range of native and locally adapted vegetation on our outdoor walls, beneficial organisms, such as small birds, butterflies, bees and ladybugs are attracted to these green oases. Therefore Green Cities is helping to bring biodiversity back into the city!
*Key information from Green Over Grey