The major innovation of vertical plantscapes is fast becoming a pivotal tool for new and existing building owners to embrace environmentally sustainable development. The social, economic, and environmental value that vertical plantscapes developments has upon the urban environment is significant.
It is well established that plants provide a positive physical surrounding in which it is more comfortable to live and work by removing pollutants from the air, moderating temperatures through shade and wind blocks, reducing glare and noise, adding aromas, and screening unattractive sights.
Vertical plantscapes have now evolved as an important discipline to deal with sustainability issues in suspended sky gardens has considerable potential as mechanisms of remedial urban greening:
Improving building energy performance by reducing energy consumption
Improving air quality through pollution adsorption and oxygen generation
Mitigating the urban heat island effect
Improving visual amenity and increasing a buildings profile
Improving building lifespan
Cooling down temperatures inside and outside a building
restoring a diverse ecology to urban areas
Recycling storm water and grey water
High frequency noise abatement
Improving the psychosocial health of a buildings occupants and the general public
Addressing the aesthetics of sustainability
Improving energy consumption
Designing buildings to incorporate facade shading and biofiltration with green biomass has considerable economic value. Vegetation acts as an effective barrier to solar radiation and also acts to insulate the building from external cooling. Additionally a green wall installed as a biofilter can substantially reduce the need to duct in air from the outdoors by generating clean air indoors.
In this way, it is estimated that the application of a green wall matrix can significantly reduce ongoing heating and cooling energy costs of a building.
Reducing air pollution
A green wall offers immediate environmental advances in reducing existing greenhouses and other volatile organic compounds from our polluted cities. Plants act as bio-purifiers and can play a dramatic role in improving the quality of city air through a number of biochemical processes by removing and breaking down airborne contaminants from both inside and outside a building. When combined with plant photosynthesis, which produces clean, oxygen rich air, it becomes easy to see the value of employing living plants as bio-purifiers in polluted urban environments.
Increase property values and public profile
Plants are one of the fastest, most cost effective agents for rectifying negative perceptions of an area, enhancing a buildings public profile and significantly improving the visual amenity, economic, and social conditions of the city. The application of vertical gardens is shown to increase property values by dramatically increasing the amenity of buildings, and establishing higher public acclaim, transforming them into recognisable landmarks.
**this article was copied from a discussion on vertical greening from the internet
Vertical greened facades also allow for spaces to be opened up for public use after screening unsightly views.