Hello, Dear Reader!
A few weeks back I did a post on roofing materials; one strategy for a roof is a ‘green roof’ or a vegetated roof. Green roofs have many advantages, but one need not stop there. Vegetated walls are also an option. Sometimes called living walls or biowalls, green walls can be used inside or outside a building. Used outside, green walls can help to control stormwater runoff and to cool the building. Used inside, a living wall can help cool the building, purify the air, lower energy costs, and improve people’s health and morale. I recently watched a TED talk by Kamal Meattle on ‘How to Grow Fresh Air‘. The first such ‘natural air purifier’ I heard about is at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto, ON. Their living wall was designed into the structure, completed in 2002. Another living wall in Toronto is located at The Robertson Building, and there’s also a green wall at the Integrated Learning Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON and at the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo in Waterloo, ON. In Madrid, the CaixaForum gallery space has a very large outdoor living wall, and in Paris, the office wing of the Quai Branly Museum has an outdoor green wall as well. Both of these walls were designed by Patrick Franc of Paris. Also in Paris, the Pershing Hall Hotel has a large green wall in the patio area of their dining room.
Speaking of dining, one possibility for an indoor green wall is to grow food plants. At Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, a green wall installed by Tournesol Siteworks is used to grow rosemary, lettuce, etc. Going beyond that is the idea of a ‘Vertical Farm’, which is basically a multi-storey greenhouse. More information on that may be found at ‘The Vertical Farm Project‘. In a similar vein, there’s a plan in the works to convert some Detroit neighbourhoods into urban farms, but that’s getting away from green walls per se.
More information on green walls can be found here:
- G Sky Green Walls and Roofs
- Bio Wall
- BioTecture Ltd.
- Parabienta Green Wall from Shimizu, Corp.
- ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall
- Lushe Urban Greening
- ELT Easy Green Living Walls
- Japanese Company Unveils System to Grow Trees and Bushes on Walls
- Total Green Roof and Green Wall Area Created in 2008 (in Japan) Equivalent to 58 Soccer Fields
- Green the City with ‘Greenery Curtains’
- Straight Up: vertical gardens
- Elmich Projects: Green Wall
- Residence Antilia, Altamount Road, Mumbai, India
- Live Wall
- Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls
- The Green Walls Column
- Green Living™ Technologies, LLC
- MUBI Regenerative Consulting Inc: Living Walls and Green Roofs
- Landscaping for Energy Efficiency
- Garden Beet Indoor Vertical Gardens Coverings & Systems
Okay, other news and information I’ve come across this week includes:
- Top 10 Myths and Misconceptions About Green Building
- Wa$ted! Ecological Footprint Calculator
- ED+C magazine: Articles
- Energy-Saving Landmark: Vancouver Convention Centre Sports Distinctive Green Roof
- Sustainable Facility magazine: Articles
- Toronto the Green (.pdf)
- Energy retrofit programs could add jobs for Michigan’s construction industry
- Green Design Cuts School Costs! Free Webinar Teaches How (free webinar, March 17)
- Green Raw Material Profiles
- Green is Growing
- Your dream home? Pick your favorite design
- Sustainable Forest Management: COMMENT PERIOD NOW OPEN FOR THIRD ROUND REVIEW OF CERTIFIED WOOD SYSTEM BENCHMARK IN LEED (by March 14)
- What Would You Ask Nature? Submit to the Biomimicry Institute/Designers Accord Challenge!
- Green homes face a red light
- 2010 WHAT MAKES IT GREEN? | CALL FOR ENTRIES
- USGBC 2010 Federal Summit May 18-19, 2010, Washington, DC
- US EPA WaterSense Awards
- Home Performance Audits – Online Training March 18, 2010: 1PM ED
- International Green Construction Code
- ICC, ASHRAE, USGBC and IES Announce Nation’s First Set of Model Codes and Standards for Green Building in the U.S. (.pdf)
- USGBC Knowledge Exchange Podcast on iTunes
- ED+C Calendar of Events – Meetings and Shows
- Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards
- Green Roofs March Newsletter
- Underwater Skyscraper is a Self-Sufficient City at Sea
- Thermopower Waves:MIT Scientists Discover New Way to Produce Electricity
- Bubble Shaped Skyscraper is a Fresh Water Factory
- 5 Mistakes Businesses Make Trying to Go Green
- Seafarers’ scourge provides hope for biofuel future
- When Marketing to Women Take Note, Green is the New Pink
- Celebrating Women in Sustainability: 10 Women Making Strides in Sustainability
- The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business
- Green Job Spider
- Corporate Responsibility Magazine Releases 11th Annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List
- How to use Twitter to find the best green blogs and ecofriendly bloggers
- Freshwater: Where Does Your Water Come From?
- Eco-mmunity Greenzine
- Planet Green
Okay, that’s it for today. Have a great week, and if you have any links to add, feel free to leave us a comment!
P.S. Since I’ve been talking about living walls ‘n’ things, I came across an interesting article in National Geographic on ‘Terra Preta‘. Terra preta is a Portugese term for ‘black earth’; basically, it’s an ancient technique that was practiced in the Amazon basin, adding charcoal, bone and organic matter to the rainforest’s relatively infertile soils. It’s a practice that built up the soil over generations. Some of the terra preta soils discovered are 2 metres deep. Scientists today are trying to tease apart this puzzle, in part because the process sequesters much more CO2 than the slash and burn agriculture practiced today in much of the Amazon.