Benefits of a Living Wall

A living wall offers numerous benefits at economic, ecological and societal level. The main benefits of a living wall is the fact that it helps to purify the air, to reduce the ambient temperature, to regulate the temperature and promotes biodiversity in the city. Living walls are part of climate-proof construction. What's more, people are happier in a green environment than in grey surroundings. Below we explain the benefits of a living wall one by one. 

Purifies the airPurifies the air

The plants in a living wall filter particulate matter from the air and convert CO2 into oxygen. 1m² of living wall extracts 2.3kg of CO2 per annum from the air and produces 1.7kg of oxygen. With a living wall you contribute to air purification.

 

Reduces the ambient temperature Reduces the ambient temperature 

Plants absorb sunlight, 50% is absorbed and 30% reflected; so this helps to create a cooler and more pleasant climate. For the indoor climate this means that 33% less air conditioning is required, which in turn means energy savings. An outdoor living wall also has a positive influence on the heat-island effect in the city. Overall, it means a 3°C reduction in the city.

 

Reduces ambient noise outside and insideReduces ambient noise indoors and outdoors

A living wall acts as a sound barrier to your building. It absorbs 41% more sound than a traditional facade and this means that the environment is much quieter, both inside and outside your building. This results in a reduction of 8 dB, which means that ambient noise is halved.

 

Healthy workplaceHealthy indoor climate

Greenery promotes a healthy indoor climate. Complaints such as irritated eyes, headaches, sore throats and tiredness diminish. In offices where there is plenty of greenery, such as an indoor living wall, there is a noticeable decrease in sick leaves.

 

Increases productivityIncreases productivity

A green workplace can result in a 15% increase in productivity. Plants have a positive effect on people. This is also reflected in employee satisfaction. A living wall therefore helps to promote productivity at work.

 

Offers healing environmentOffers healing environment

Greenery encourages faster recovery for patients, resulting in a shorter hospital stay. A persons tolerance of pain is higher in a green environment. This is also known as a ‘healing environment’. 

 

Increases the feeling of well-beingIncreases the well-being

Living and working in a green environment has a positive effect on the well-being of people. A living wall offers relaxation and reduces stress. 

 

Creates fire-resistant layer Creates fire-resistant layer 

Plants naturally contain a lot of moisture. With a living wall you create a natural fire-resistant layer on your house or office building. In addition, the Sempergreen living wall system (the SemperGreenwall) is the only one in the market that meets the highest class European fire safety standard B - s2, d0. 

 

Adds value to the building

Increases the value of a building

The natural and sustainable appearance, combined with a reduction in energy costs, means an increase in value of your property.

 

Extends facade life spanExtends facade life span

A living wall offers protection from external influences such as the sun, rain, wind and temperature fluctuations and extends the life span of your facade.

 

Increases biodiversityIncreases biodiversity

The plants that are included in the a living wall promote the habitat of birds, butterflies and insects, especially in the city environment which is mainly concrete and asphalt.

 

Provides a rainwater bufferProvides a rainwater buffer

A living wall absorbs rain water because the plants and substrate act as a water buffer. This delays the discharge of rainwater to the sewage system, purifies the rainwater, and water also evaporates through the plants. So this all helps to stabilize the groundwater level, reduces the peak load on the sewage system and so reduces the risk of flooding. 

 

Direct-green Direct-green 

Using the carefully pre-cultivated SemperGreenwall panels you can achieve a direct-green result. On delivery, the living wall boasts 90% coverage, so you can reap the benefits immediately.

 

No concerns about maintenanceNo concerns about maintenance

Thanks to a maintenance contract, you have no need to worry about maintaining your living wall. Sempergreen  ensures that the plants are lush and green all year round, thanks to an extensive partner network in the USA, Canada and worldwide.

 

Elicits more social interactionMore social interaction, less vandalism

Working or living in a green environment brings people together. It is known that ‘small scale greenery’ in particular has a positive effect on social cohesion. Areas with more greenery suffer less hinder from aggression, violence and vandalism. With an outdoor living wall you can stimulate the social interactions in your neighbourhood.