Updated: Mar 13, 2020
A living wall or Green Wall offers numerous benefits at economic, ecological and societal level. A living wall helps to purify the air, to reduce the ambient temperature, to regulate the temperature and promotes biodiversity in the city. Living walls are part of climate-proof construction. What's more, people are happier in a green environment than in grey surroundings. Below we explain the benefits one by one.
Purifies the air
The plants in a living wall filter particulate matter from the air and convert CO2 into oxygen. 1 m2 of living wall extracts 2.3 kg of CO2 per annum from the air and produces 1.7 kg of oxygen . With a living wall you contribute to air purification.
Reduces the ambient temperature
Plants absorb sunlight, 50% is absorbed and 30% reflected; so this helps to create a cooler and more pleasant climate. For the indoor climate this means that 33% less air conditioning is required, which in turn means energy savings. An outdoor living wall also has a positive influence on the heat-island effect in the city. Overall, it means a 3°C reduction in the city.
Reduces ambient noise inside and outside
A living wall acts as a sound barrier to your building. It absorbs 41% more sound than a traditional facade and this means that the environment is much quieter, both inside and outside your building. This results in a reduction of 8 dB, which means that ambient noise is halved
Healthy indoor climate
Greenery promotes a healthy indoor climate. Complaints such as irritated eyes, headaches, sore throats and tiredness diminish. In offices where there is plenty of greenery, there is a noticeable decrease in absence due to illness.
A green workplace can result in a 15% increase in productivity. Plants have a positive effect on people. This is also reflected in employee satisfaction
Offers healing environment
Greenery encourages faster recovery for patients, resulting in a shorter hospital stay. A persons tolerance of pain is higher in a green environment. This is also known as a ‘healing environment’.
Increases the feeling of well-being
Living and working in a green environment has a positive effect on the well-being of people. Greenery offers relaxation and reduces stress.
Creates fire-resistant layer
Plants naturally contain a lot of moisture. With a living wall you create a natural fire-resistant layer on your house or office building. In addition, the DesertDreamGardens (ddg-uae) living wall system is the only one in the market that meets the highest class European fire safety standard B - s2, d0.
Adds value to the building
The natural and sustainable appearance, combined with a reduction in energy costs, means an increase in value of your property.
Extends facade life span
A living wall offers protection from external influences such as the sun, rain, wind and temperature fluctuations and extends the life span of your facade
The plants that are included in the a living wall promote the habitat of birds, butterflies and insects, especially in the city environment which is mainly concrete and asphalt.
Provides a rainwater buffer
A living wall absorbs rain water because the plants and substrate act as a water buffer. This delays the discharge of rainwater to the sewage system, purifies the rainwater, and water also evaporates through the plants. So this all helps to stabilize the groundwater level, reduces the peak load on the sewage system and so reduces the risk of flooding
Using the carefully pre-cultivated DesertDreamGardens (ddg-uae) panels you can achieve a direct-green result. On delivery, the facade boasts 90% coverage, so you can reap the benefits immediately
No concerns about maintenance
Thanks to a maintenance contract, you have no need to worry about maintaining your living wall. We take care of the plants for you and ensure that these are lush and green all year round.
More social interaction, less vandalism
Working or living in a green environment brings people together. It is known that ‘small scale greenery’ in particular has a positive effect on social cohesion in neighborhoods. Areas with more greenery suffer less hinder from aggression, violence and vandalism.