Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Vertical Gardens

Mayor Daley has done a great job of implementing "green" or "vegetated" rooftops to newly constructed buildings. Green roofs are so amazing!!!!  Have you ever heard of "green walls" or "vertical gardens"???

Vertical gardens bring lush, verdant life to even the coldest and barest of surfaces, both indoors and out. These 'living walls' increase interior humidity, purify the air and provide a much-needed touch of nature in spare, angular urban spaces like airports, museums and shopping centers.

What are some benefits??

  • Cleans outside air of pollutants and offsets carbon footprint of people and fuel emissions
  • Cleans interior air space by removing VOCs and other harmful toxins like benzene and formaldehyde
  • Acts as a sound proofing barrier
  • Soil and plants are a natural filter that can clean the water that flows through the wall
  • Insulates and cools building envelope
  • Qualifies for LEED certification points from USGBC
  • source
Vertical gardens are not very apparent in Chicago...yet!  Like they say at Wrigley, "It's gonna happen"

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