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Everything You Need to Know About Vertical Green Walls

Vertical Green WallsIf you’ve seen green walls used in other innovative spaces, you already know how striking and beautiful these elements can be. Bringing in a large element that incorporates nature can break up the monotony of a corporate building that doesn’t have many windows or a lush green space right outside the window. It can also help to set a home apart from all of the others in the neighborhood. Regardless of whether your next project is a commercial or residential space, including a green wall, can be beneficial in many ways.

Incorporating vertical living walls into your designs might seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. While a vertical garden might sound like a hard thing to build and maintain, the process can be much simpler than you may realize, especially if you incorporate this element into your plans from the start. The visual impact and physical benefits a green wall system can bring to a space are unparalleled by any artificially created design accent. Read on to learn more about how a vertical living wall works and what it takes to keep one thriving.

What is a Living Wall?

A living wall is a design feature that incorporates plants that grow vertically into a wall. This creates the visual effect of an immersive green space to add a touch of nature on the inside. The living wall can take up the entire surface of a wall, or just a section that acts as a design accent. In order to be successful, each living wall should be custom designed to suit the individual project and carefully planned. The plants are chosen to fill the spaces in the wall without spreading too far and ruining the visual effect. They also have to be species that are hardier. A plant wall can be placed inside a commercial or residential space, thanks to the design that allows it to require only minimal maintenance. With proper maintenance and care, a plant wall can continue to add a touch of nature to any space for years to come.

Plant walls have existed in some form since the 1930s, but they are growing in popularity thanks to how much we now understand about the benefits they add to a space. Employers can expect to see increased productivity, better attitudes and reduced sick time from their employees when they incorporate plant life into their offices. Even in a residential space, natural elements can help the family feel healthier and improve the overall mood in the house. Another benefit of a green wall is that it is an eco-friendly way to reduce heating and cooling costs and make the home more efficient. The plants naturally help balance the temperature inside your home and can even improve the indoor air quality. This can reduce the amount of energy the home uses.

How Does a Vertical Green Wall System Work?

A vertical green wall system is designed using the right species of plants to ensure they stay healthy over time and continue to stay lush and green. At Plant Solutions, we work on these projects from the start with the interior designer, architect or builder. Our team can design and create living walls to fit any open space that you want to turn into a living wall. This allows us to integrate any systems needed to keep the living wall healthy and operational, including:

Indoor Landscaping

  • Wiring and electricity necessary to operate lighting accents
  • Irrigation, plumbing, and drainage
  • Internet-based controllers and sensors to keep the plants watered and healthy

We have developed living walls to highlight indoor spaces and make outdoor spaces look more sophisticated. Check out our gallery to see some of the living walls we have completed in the past. If you want to elevate your next design by incorporating a living wall, Plant Solutions can help with every aspect, from planning to installation! Contact us at 480.585.8501 and find out more about how we can help you.

There’s Opportunity in ‘Them There Walls’

favorite methods takes advantage of biofiltration

By Plant Solutions | July 2010 | Topics: Living Vertical Greenwalls

Joe Zazzera, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), is probably way too young to remember the cartoon character Yosemite Sam. Yet, like this Warner Brothers creation, he, too, sees golden opportunities. His, though, don’t reside in the western hills; they reside in urban landscapes in virtually every city in the country. Zazzera, president and CEO for Arizona-based Plant Solutions, is excited about transforming interior walls into plantscapes. “At one location, we’ve installed a small green wall to replace our client’s use of cut flowers,” he explains. “Live-plant walls are different, pique interest, and they are a practical use of available space.

“With real estate costs going up, architects are designing away atriums and other garden areas in favor of revenue-producing space. Live-plant walls don’t take up valuable space. They are also very attractive and functional, providing the same air-quality benefits that other indoor gardens provide.”

Zazzera notes that interior plantscapers can employ any of several different methods to install green walls. One of the favorite methods takes advantage of biofiltration. The green wall is constructed of a special, foam-like medium. Water is circulated through the medium via a small water fountain beneath the wall. In this scenario, the customer gets the benefits of two features — a green wall and a water feature.

“Green walls are new and exciting, and they’re not budget breakers for clients,” Zazzera goes on to explain. “In some cases, if you’re replacing cut flowers with a small, live-plant wall, the cost is already in the budget. On average, it will cost your clients around $100 per square foot for installing a green wall, or they can choose to lease one. As always, maintenance is key.”

Riding the Green Wave

Green walls are not the only new opportunities for interior plantscapers, says Zazzera, who is actively involved in trying to get interior plants into the LEED rating system. Installing and maintaining green roofs has potential for industry members, as well. “We already have a working relationship with architects and building owners,” he emphasizes. “The truth is that intensive green roofs, those that are heavy and require additional engineering to install, are less common today than their extensive counterparts.” In other words, you don’t have to be an architect or engineer to install every green roof, says Zazzera.

Green roofs come in all different shapes, sizes, and complexities. They do have their challenges, he emphasizes, not the least of which involve safety concerns working on roofs and maintaining plants in a sometimes hostile environment. A good place for beginners to start is to access the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Web site, greenroofs.org. The group is a valuable resource for learning about installing green roofs, and obtaining its Green Roof Professional designation will help interior plantscapers get their “foot in the door” of prospective clients.

The fresh opportunities presented by green roofs and green walls align with growing interest in sustainable landscapes and environments. As Zazzera relates, buildings already receive LEED credit points for having green roofs that reduce water runoff, provide additional insulation, and reduce the heat island effect. He chairs an advocacy group that’s lobbying the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to award LEED credit points for interior plants, also. When that day arrives, he points out, green walls and green interiors overall will be even more attractive investments for building owners.

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