Benefits of Living Walls

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Everyone loves a living wall.

Why wouldn’t you?

Living walls bring life to even the most concrete urban areas. They provide lush greenery that not only makes places look better but also helps people feel better.

They provide habitats for local wildlife, bring with them their own cooling effect, and they add value to areas and their surroundings.

These are just some of the living wall benefits these natural features can offer.

In this post we look at why more and more people are opting for living walls and how these vertical structures are helping to support a healthier and more sustainable future.

What is a living wall?

A living wall is exactly what it says it is – something that is alive.

We like to think of living walls as pieces of art—a way of using plants and greenery to add value and natural beauty to built-up areas.

There are many different types of living walls available, and it’s important to work with a team of specialists who have experience designing these structures, knowledge of the most appropriate living walls plant for the area, construction techniques, and more to ensure that you reap the benefits.

Benefits such as:

Bringing life to urban areas

With more and more areas built up and taking over our green spaces, vertical living walls help to bring a sense of the natural world back. Providing a creative and innovative solution to the lack of green spaces that we’re currently facing, living walls help to enhance aesthetic appeal; they make communities visually stunning and vibrant, supporting people’s happiness and overall well-being.

Improving air quality

One of the significant health benefits of living walls is that they help to improve overall air quality. How? Because of the science behind photosynthesis. Plants are particularly good at absorbing carbon dioxide and, in return, releasing oxygen, taking away pollutants from the air and instead pushing clean air back out. It’s like a natural air filter that benefits everyone.

Natural cooling effect

Reports and investigations into a living plant wall show they can reduce the heat island effect that many urban areas fall victim to. They do this by the plants releasing moisture into the air, which evaporates and cools down the surrounding environment.

Supporting biodiversity and wildlife

Providing habitats and living space for local wildlife such as birds, butterflies, ladybugs, insects, and more, a living wall offers urban biodiversity through several means. With various species occupying the space, we can build healthier, more resilient, and well-balanced ecosystems.

Improved thermal performance

Installing a vertical living wall system onto a building can help with overall thermal performance as with the right plants chosen, temperatures can be reduced through evaporation, reducing the building’s energy consumption – buffering out the sun during the summer months and retaining the heat during the winter season.

Happier communities/people

When we’re surrounded by greenery and nature, we automatically feel a sense of calm and peace. It can uplift our moods and change our behaviours in a positive way.

Supporting people’s health and well-being, living walls garden areas help reduce stress and anxiety and provide a feeling of relaxation as we connect with nature around us.

In fact, it’s proven that viewing plants for between 3 to 5 minutes can reduce blood pressure and muscle tension – show us the shrubs!

Require little space

Unlike traditional green areas, living walls are constructed on the side or face of buildings, meaning they take up very little space. With the help of design consultants, architects, and careful planning, these areas offer you ultimate green space without actually taking up too much space!

Reducing noise

When designed right, a living wall structure with the most appropriate greenery and plants can absorb up to 41% more sound, which is an incredible reduction in noise pollution.

Good for business

The benefits of living walls outside for businesses are plentiful. For example, they make areas and the local vicinity look much more attractive, and this perceived increase in value can often mean businesses can raise their prices slightly.

It also shows a business’s commitment to sustainability in the area, which can be favourably viewed by local communities, who will, in return, show support for your business.

Boosting productivity

Greenery and plants are proven to boost our mood and well-being. This, in turn, helps to improve our motivation, resulting in higher productivity. This means clearer decision-making, reasoning and an improvement in employee satisfaction.

Living walls benefits

Living walls bring so much value to businesses, individuals, and communities (as we see more social interaction and less vandalism). However, you must also remember to consider structural integrity, plant selection, irrigation and drainage, maintenance, and integration with the surrounding environment.

That’s why it is vital you work with an experienced team who can help you at every stage of the living wall process.

Contributing to sustainable living, an improvement in mental health, climate change, and the green agenda, we help to bring nature to buildings and communities.

People are happier in a greener environment.

To view our living walls or to find out more, contact us today at lee@calathology.co.uk