One natural living wall system creating long-term assets inside and out
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Using a natural substrate means we have greater flexibility in plant selection, meaning we can create habitats for bees, burrowing insects and encourage natural colonisation. We specifically select living wall plants that fulfil the project objectives.
We’ve achieved the highest possible fire rating for a living wall, which means our living wall system can be integrated into nearly all buildings. Take a look at our guide in the Reports section which makes the regulations around fire and greenery a lot clearer.
Soil is an eco-system in itself: catering for burrowing insects, absorbing and filtering particulate matter, allowing greater design flexibility, biodiversity and improved air quality. Our organic soil substrate also includes green waste, and we do not use any harmful chemicals to keep our living walls healthy.
Our modular living wall system gives us huge scope for creative design and ensures dense coverage with 96 plants per m2. Designed to allow root migration, this means the plants can grow healthily with a longer lifespan.
Realise buildings that actively improve urban biodiversity and air quality, and solve environmental regulatory challenges such as Biodiversity Net Gain and Urban Greening Factor. Where space is at a premium a living wall is the perfect solution to provide ecological benefits and create a long-term environmental asset.
Bring the outside into your interior designs and create biophilic internal landscapes that improve the health, well-being and productivity of the people. Not only do they enhance the feel of spaces as living pieces of art, living walls also restore our innate human connection to nature.
We found ANS a safe pair of hands for a very high profile project where the green walls were a very significant component and failure wasn't an option.
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Modernizing their Swiss headquarters, the refurbishment of the WHO campus in Geneva involved over 100m² of living walls.
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Creating a contemporary public plaza and commercial amenities, Woking Borough Council are working to transform this quarter of Woking town centre’s business district.
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National Grid’s commitment to sustainability meant that they wanted something extraordinary for their new car park; now finished, it has literally come alive!
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This scheme is London's first sustainable smart street.
As we commence our 3rd living wall with ANS the sensible design approach and pattern of working is becoming clear and the value added by their expertise and advice in the detailed decisions relating to species selection and each installation is vital. ANS have helped us maximise the effectiveness of what we are trying to do and in doing so have created beautiful outcomes.
A living wall will indeed help you to achieve a BREEAM rating. There are several things you can focus on using that will help you:
Yes, rainwater harvesting can be used to irrigate a living wall, although the wall cannot be solely dependent on rainwater. To integrate rainwater harvesting effectively you need to get your living wall partner involved early on.
A living wall that uses natural soil uses less water than most other substrates used in green walls. Here’s an example of water usage per week in the winter:
The only part of the living wall that will use energy on-going is the irrigation system. This is entirely dependent on the design and irrigation system structure. However, the electrical loading is minimal.
There are 6 key factors that can determine whether your living wall integration will be a failure or a success. We detailed them all in this blog on What could go wrong with a living wall? 6 points to consider for your project, which you can read more about here.
For more detail under each point, please read the blog!