The title of this article might seem strange if you’ve not heard the term “living wall” before. So, what is it? Also referred to as a “biowall” or “green wall” a living wall is basically a wall that has been covered in living plants. They can be used on inside as well as on outside walls. There are a couple of ways this is done. One, known as the felt system, uses felt which is backed with a waterproof layer. Plants are placed into the felt, then their roots grow downwards which acts to stabilize them. The other way is known as the panel system which is comprised of soil packed into plastic bags which then contain the plants.
Living walls provide numerous advantages, for example, not only do they look pleasing but when used on exterior walls in city areas, they help reduce the Urban Heat Island effect.
They can help improve an office environment by helping to reduce the effects of Sick Building Syndrome. They also help to purify the air of an office space by providing a natural air filtration system. A living wall can also contribute to saving energy by providing a layer of insulation.
Anyone who is interested in a green roof would also enjoy a living wall, plus, a living wall does not cause as much structural strain on a building.
From this brief review of living walls, we can see that there could be some great advantages to considering one for your space. Do your research first though, as it might not be a good idea for some places.
George Adair, Certified Professional Home Inspector
I provide a wide range of home inspection and home inspection related services in the following areas of southern Manitoba: Winnipeg, Selkirk , Lockport,Steinbach,
Stony Mountain, Elie, Rosser, Lorette Sanford, East St. Paul, West St. Paul, Oak Bank,
Oak Bluff, Landmark,
St. Anne, Saint Andrews,
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Our extended area also includes: Lac Du Bonnet, Beausejour, Libeau, Gimli, Pinawa, Falcon Beach, Winnipeg Beach, Grand Marais, Saint Laurent, and Pine Falls