The latest report to Interior Plantscape Association from Plants and Urban Air Quality Group, School of Life Sciences, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), titled ‘Towards Development of Indoor Plant Walls for Improved Indoor Air Quality’ has been released. This study, although preliminary, contributes to the baseline scientific information needed for the development of indoor plant-walls and other living-green installations.
Carbon Dioxide Reductions
Excess CO₂ causes drowsiness with levels in higher concentrations indoors, mainly from occupants’ breathing but also from any non-flued gas appliances.The study found that plant walls have the ability to reduce Co2 levels from 13 percent up to 23 percent, when provided with adequate lighting, therefore having significant benefits to the health, wellbeing and productivity of occupants.
Airborne Particulate Matter Reduced
The study also suggests there was a trend towards reductions of extremely fine airborne particulate matter (PM) in urban areas, including inside commercial or other buildings. PM is emitted from fossil fuel combustion, which mixes with natural dust etc, causing city haze. These ultra fine particles are known to be a serious health hazard. Lung and cardiovascular disease, and well as the increasing incidence of autism, have been linked in particular with levels of airborne particulate matter.
Importance of Findings
With 80% of the Australian population living in urban areas and spending about 90% of our time indoors, the ability of plant walls to reduce levels of all types of indoor air pollutants has significant advantages. The use of any living-green installations to refresh indoor air in air-conditioned city buildings could also reduce the energy load on the building, and its footprint, contributing to the goal of urban sustainability.
“This study is important since it reinforces previous studies demonstrating the benefits of indoor plants and gives us a clear direction for future research,” Prof. Margaret Burchett from UTS Plants and Urban Air Quality Group said.“It is clear that investing in indoor greenery and plant walls more than repay the costs in terms of occupant well-being and performance so investigating the most effective methods of incorporating plant walls makes sense.”
The Interior Plantscape Association and UTS would like to thank the previous New Zealand Association PAWA (Plants At Work Association) for funding this Indoor Plant Walls project and Mr Jock Gammon, Junglefy Pty, Ltd., for providing access to the plant-wall installations studied.
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Leersum, 6 June 2016 – The front wall of recently opened European distribution centre in the Belgian community of Laakdal, from world’s largest manufacturer of sports shoes, is growing the largest green wall of Europe. The green wall surface consists of just under 100,000 plants spanning over 2,000 m2. The applied green wall system, LivePanel, consists of a carefully selected range of plants, including Alchemilla, Bergenia, Campanula, Geranium and Nepeta. The innovative new building of the leading sports brand is powered by fully renewable energy from solar panels, wind turbines and a geothermal system.
BSI Bomenservice, based in Baarn, is responsible for installation and maintenance. The giant planted wall is equipped with an integrated irrigation system, permanently distributing enough moisture and plant food. “The client required a sustainable green wall with minimum water consumption. After an extensive selection process of available systems, we chose Mobilane’s LivePanel in consultation with the architects. The minimal water consumption, the relatively low weight and the proven performance of the green wall system in combination with the excellent quality/price ratio were the key factors,” say Mobilane and BSI Bomenservice.
The plant wall consists of Mobilane’s modular LivePanel system. Mobilane is a supplier of innovative green systems. The green wall is not soil-bound and contains a total of 11,000 exchangeable plant cassettes. Each row of cassettes is placed in an aluminium duct profile which also serves as a water reservoir. The plants in the cassettes are automatically watered by an innovative capillary irrigation system operated by wall sensors. The innovative system requires little maintenance, is leak-free and not susceptible to breakdowns. Once disassembled, the living wall can be recycled in full.
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Mobilane, part of The Darthuizer Group in the Netherlands, had the benefit of over 80 years horticultural experience with its nursery when it developed Green Screen in 2001, then progressed to LivePanel in 2010. LivePicture was then developed in 2013. Mobilane products are now available in more than 35 countries including Australia and New Zealand, a testament to their innovation, experience and passion to the green industry.
The Container Connection (TCC) group was approached by Mobilane to represent their products in Australia and New Zealand. With branches in every state of Australia and in Wellington New Zealand TCC are proud to take these innovative products to you and the market.
LivePicture – a living picture made up of plants embodies innovation and design to deliver stunning effects. LivePicture can be easily and quickly mounted on any wall using the kit provided. The frame includes an integrated watering system with reservoir to ensure that the plants are provided with water for four to six weeks. The innovative-patented construction requires no electric power. Live Picture is a space saving solution for interior environments. LivePicture is available in a number of sizes and standard colours. Other colours can be arranged on application.
LivePanel brings your walls to life – an innovative vertical landscaping application that delivers a sustainable ‘living wall’ system for both indoor and outdoor use. With the benefit of Mobilane’s eight decades of landscaping experience this unique system has been developed for green facades. Living walls are very popular, not only in the commercial environment such as offices, shops and public spaces, but also increasingly for residential use.
With LivePanel, you can take the outdoors inside and bring your walls to life. The system easily transforms your wall into an attractive, living surface. LivePanel is a modular living wall system with exchangeable plant cassettes. The cassettes consist of cups in which plants are inserted. Each row of cassettes is placed in a duct profile that also serves as a water reservoir. The plants absorb water from the duct through a capillary system.
LivePanel can be used for various vertical, landscaping applications. Let your creativity flow with the design options that the system offers. LivePanel can be easily installed on new or existing walls.
Plants make an important contribution to the indoor climate, through their production of oxygen, purification of the air and positive effect on relative humidity. Scientific research has shown that anyone who spends more than four hours per day in a room with plants will find it more pleasant and will be demonstrably more productive. There’s no better way to include plants in your workplace or home then using LivePicture or LivePanel.
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