The installation of a living wall can revitalise any space or building. From airports and schools to car parks and homes, living walls bring a fresh and creative look, both inside and out. But the advantages of a living wall go far beyond aesthetics. From a business perspective, living walls serve as an investment that contribute towards biodiversity, improved air quality, and even cost savings.
In this article, we explore the benefits of a commercial living wall further and why property and business owners should consider the investment.
1. A more productive workplace
A commercial space with a green environment is generally more inspiring. Plenty of plants means a healthier climate, and that can only be good for both employees and customers. In fact, a UK study shows that individuals working in an environment with plants are 15% more productive and less stressed that those who do not.
Commercial buildings that feature a living wall also benefit the accommodating business(s) through greater employee health. Plants are known to benefit us mentally and physically in the following ways:
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced fatigue and headaches
- Improved mood
- Reduces stress levels
- Increased attention span
2. Improved air quality
Indoor commercial spaces can often suffer from ‘stuffy’ air and maintaining air quality can be a challenge. While opening windows may provide temporary relief, it is not a comprehensive solution.
A living wall can help mitigate this issue by absorbing carbon dioxide and providing clean oxygen for all - Just one square meter of vegetation produces enough oxygen for one person to breathe for an entire year.
This allows for a more comfortable work environment, especially during the colder months. So even when windows are closed and heating is in use, a living wall will continue to improve the quality of air.
3. Reduced noise pollution
Commercial properties can produce significant levels of noise pollution, which negatively impacts neighbouring businesses and nearby homes.
Research shows that living walls can absorb up to 40% of sound, making them an effective acoustic solution. With the installation of an exterior or interior living wall, businesses can create a more peaceful and less distracting environment for everyone.
4. Savings on energy costs
Living walls contribute to a more energy-efficient building. Through helping create a comfortable indoor climate, the demand for heating and cooling systems can be reduced for significant cost savings. Here’s how:
- Insulation: Living walls act as an insulating layer that can regulate the temperature in the building. This lessens the need for air conditioning and climate control.
- Shading: Plants on living walls provide natural shading, which can reduce the amount of heat entering the building, thus reducing the energy needed to cool it.
- Evapotranspiration: The process of water evaporation and transpiration in plants cools the surrounding air, reducing the demand for artificial cooling systems.
5. Increased property value
The greater aesthetic appeal and environmental benefits of a living wall can make any commercial building stand out and attract potential buyers or renters. When a property comes connected with a long-term environmental asset, businesses become more attracted and are likely to pay a premium for it.
In short, the overall impact of a living wall can be significant. Offering long-term assets that benefit the property, the occupants, and those who surround it, living walls are an investment well worth considering.
Living walls for commercial buildings from the experts
Here at ANS Global, we provide all types of buildings with integrated living wall solutions that have been carefully designed, installed, and maintained over the past 15 years. Whether you’re looking to improve the air quality of your space, like the idea of connecting with nature, or would like to increase the value of your property, contact our team today – we’re always happy to talk and would love to discuss your requirements.