We have always known that someday the market would be saturated by solid-face concrete walls and buyers would start looking for something different. The growing, sustainability movement has brought us to "that day" --- Now. Green walls are moving rapidly to take their true position as "the market" --- not "the niche"!
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?
Comprehensive Living Wall Data from SIUe
Three types of wall in this picture - panel, solid block and living wall modules.
I am always talking about "the question" - why would you choose a solid wall with no possibility for vegetation and habitat, when you can have a "living wall" at a comparable cost which brings so many benefits to the project and our environment? My thinking is, lack of understanding and product availability! This Blog, published research and widely available living wall systems are part of the answer. Enjoy the entry!
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville has been monitoring 18 test "living walls" for several years now. Previous data has given us a better understanding of benefits derived from the selection of a living wall over more traditional "solid" or non-living walls. Green roof and green wall performance research is being undertaken in more locations by more private entities and universities than ever before. The results are shaping current product enhancements and future product development in ways that will benefit our environment and our communities. I am proud of the efforts and results from the SIUe research team. My own products are benefiting daily from the ongoing collaboration with Dr.Retzlaff and his group. Thanks guys!
As we move forward in defining living walls as BMP's for stormwater management and land development practices, published research such as this report will lead the way. Please review the embedded paper and give me your comments.