Sustainability is the hot topic in the construction industry. Architects and interior and landscape designers are now aiming to create more environmentally-friendly buildings and owners want to know their facility is at the cutting edge of sustainable technology.
“Green” buildings are now the emerging trend as more and more vertically sprawling gardens of greenery are springing to life across the world on the exteriors of skyscrapers, in hotel and condo lobbies, office reception areas, and more.
Some of the benefits that vertical garden systems can provide to make buildings smarter, healthier, and more efficient are:
Air-conditioning is a must for our Malaysian climate, and is a significant cost in building operation. Exterior vertical garden walls can significantly reduce these costs by lowering building surface temperatures by as much as 5-10°C by providing a natural layer of insulation against the sun’s heat and UV rays, as well as by the plant’s process of evapo-transpiration which occurs when plants release water in their leaves to cool the surrounding air when exposed to heat.
The biological and material properties of vertical gardens aids building temperature regulation, which minimizes the stress of building heating and cooling systems as well as mitigating effects of Urban Heat Island. This is a phenomenon seen in the concrete jungles of cities where temperatures are significantly hotter than rural areas, mainly due to modification of land surfaces (i.e. less greenery, more concrete).
Vertical Garden Systems can help earn credits towards LEED certification under prerequisites found in the following core themes: Sustainable Sites, Energy & Atmosphere, Water Efficiency, and Innovative Design.