Green Walls, also known as Living Walls, are all the hype in today’s sustainable construction industry. These Living Walls are not only great for the environment which help mitigate the urban heat island effect, but they are also works of art; beautiful, organic installations of lush plantings that are none the two alike. Living Walls can vary in installation methods and the materials in which they’re constructed of. Some Living Walls can come as a trellis panel structure in which the plant material is planted in an adjoining container or basin and the vines then grow vertically on the trellis. These panels are typically seen outside, attached to large buildings and parking structures. They are typically more maintenance friendly than their counterparts and only require periodic trimming and irrigation. Visit www.greenscreen.com for more information on these types of systems or contact your local South Florida representative, Joanne Gulliksen
Other Living Walls, which utilize more species of tropical indoor plants, rather than vines, tend to be more maintenance intensive. These systems can be used for residential and commercial applications. Recently, The Spinnaker Group has seen many of these systems utilized on the interior of hotels. These systems come in a variety of materials; plastic trays, felt fabric pockets and foam. Usually the company these companies will offer design, installation and maintenance services as a package deal. Visit Miami Vertical Garden for more information.
By: Jessica Lieberman, Director of Marketing, LEED AP ID+C
Sustainability + LEED Consulting, Energy Modeling, Building Commissioning
The Spinnaker Group Inc.