When you want a Living Wall, what you really want is the environmental performance of healthy plants living-in and covering a stable structure. That task is not completed simply by delivering parts and pieces. We sell Living Walls and that means we are committed to the entire life cycle of plant-based building systems. We sell what you really want.
This Blog is the place to gain a better understanding of living structures such as green walls or living walls, their definitions, benefits and research that is driving the niche. I am always talking about "the question" - why would you choose a solid wall with no possibility for green-space and habitat, when you can have a "living wall" which brings so many benefits to a project and our environment?
Photo Updates From SIUe Greenwall Test Site
Just received an update from Mark O. ( one of two grad students over-seeing the test trials ) at SIUe regarding the growth condition of the 18 test walls at their field site. The May 11th pictures below, show the entire site in perspective, the best growth species this year ( sedum kamchaticum ) and the un-planted control wall for perspective. Enjoy and stay connected as we publish this years test data on "heat island reduction", vegetation's effect on "retention / detention" and runoff "water quality".
The entire site on May 11th 2011.
One of the 3 un-planted control walls that we use to establish a benchmark for the effect plants have on the fully vegetated test walls.
One of the 3 walls planted with Sedum Kamchaticum showing the best coverage so far this season. Looks like a shrub at this point! Very likely to reduce "Heat Island Effect" as well as positively impact "Runoff Water Retention" , this study year.
Why would anyone select a solid concrete wall if they did not have to? Maybe psychological testing is our next field of study??