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  • June 9, 2021
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A lush vertical green wall can transform the appearance of your home and can serve as a lovely separate illusion on duplex homes. 

However, good looks aren’t all that a green wall has to offer. Today, building consultants are recommending architects who can use space-savvy vertical planting in buildings to boost people’s health and well-being, especially in urban high-rises, where the connection with nature is often tenuous at best.

In this post, we will discuss the five benefits of installing a green wall in your home.

Five Benefits of Installing a Green Wall in Your Home

1. Embrace Biophilic Principles

Biophilia is defined as the love of life and the living world. It describes our innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. 

A vertical green wall is a biophilic design that mixes natural elements, materials, and forms into architecture. Research has shown that including a mix of different plant species within a vertical green wall in a building can have a potent biophilic effect. This provides measurable physical and physiological benefits to the people who live there.

Positive effects include:

  • Enhanced cognitive function and creativity.
  • Reduced stress levels.
  • The ability to heal faster.
  • A more profound sense of happiness and well-being.     

2. Improved Air Quality

It’s all easy for those living in urban environments to spend most of their lives indoors. They work, relax, and socialise in enclosed, air-conditioned environments and rarely venture out into the fresh air.

However, spending so much time inside can be risky. Some air-conditioned environments contain invisible toxins such as xylene, toluene, benzene, carbon monoxide, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. These pollutants can have a serious impact on our health.

A green wall installation can help. According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, plants purify the air as it filters out the pollutants and carbon dioxide. 

Plants release oxygen into the atmosphere. The increased oxygen levels help keep you awake and alert to be productive both at home and at work.

3. A Cooler and More Comfortable Temperature

The UHI (Urban Heat Island) effect occurs when human activity causes a metropolitan area to become warmer than the rural areas. This results from the land and atmosphere being modified to build cities, combined with the energy created by people, transport, and the hard surfaces of buildings, which absorb the sun’s heat and emit it back into the surroundings.

The green wall can mitigate this effect and make future cities more sustainable by reducing the absorption of the thermal energy transmitted through building walls to interior spaces. As a result, you’re less likely to switch on the aircon to cool and comfortable inside your home.

Having vertical gardens inside your home featuring a range of lush green plants can improve the environment by balancing humidity levels, reducing air temperature, and increasing airflow.

Having a green wall can also help to make your outdoors cooler in warmer months.

4. Noise Control

Hard surfaces commonly found within buildings can result in reverberation. This can create distracting acoustics if you’re trying to relax or entertain.

A green wall can also help if there’s noise pollution in your home. The leaves of plants reflect and absorb noise energy. The more greens you have, the more sound it will muffle.

5. Be Part of a New Global Movement

There’s a global movement now being pushed, the WELL Building Standard, which aims to transform the building and communities so that people can thrive.

WELL Building Standard is the first to focus on how buildings can drive better choices and improve people’s comfort, health, and wellness.

A green wall is one of the key design features we recommend to improve the aesthetic look of the building and improve the health and well-being of a building’s occupants, especially in compact spaces.

They are an increasingly common sight in new builds around the world. This will only be more popular as they become easier and more economical to maintain. As the technology around improves, the water and lighting systems improve.

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About Elie Farah

Elie Farah is a Building Consultant with over 25 years of experience in the property industry. Elie has specialised knowledge in development acquisitions, blue-chip properties and inspections, as well as flood-affected and waterfront properties, heritage buildings, bushfire management and existing use rights.

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