The importance of green(ery)
There are plenty of scientific reports that emphasise the importance of greenery in our daily lives. We are convinced that GreenTecStyle® will play an important role in the cities and public buildings of tomorrow. Studies have shown that integrating green in cities, offices and public spaces has numerous advantages.
The benefits of green walls
Reducing heat stress
Planting of vegetation is one of the main strategies to mitigate the urban heat island (UHI) effect. GreenTecStyle® has two modes of action to reduce heat stress, passive and active. First, it acts as a building skin preventing the walls from being hit with sunlight and thus reducing the heat walls will build up. Secondly, the use of irrigation will allow GreenTecStyle® and its plants to evaporate water, which in turn will provide some cooling effect compared to conventional walls.
Improving the mental health of people
Outdoor: GreenTecStyle® can create a peaceful, aesthetically pleasing environment. Green walls increase the quality of life by introducing natural elements, insects and potentially small wildlife into the urban environment. GreenTecStyle® creates a more enjoyable working and living environment due to the introduction of plants which in turn may improve one’s sense of wellbeing.
Indoor: GreenTecStyle® creates a peaceful and aesthetically appealing environment, improve one’s mindfulness, increase the indoor air quality and mitigate noise pollution.
GreenTecStyle® can help create a more enjoyable working and living environment through the concept of biophilia. This concept represents our inclination to be drawn to other living things, which leads to a reduction in stress and improved social interactions.
Studies show that exposure to greenery improves the attention levels and cognitive functioning of children at school. For office workers, a green view from their window and plants inside of the office provide micro-restorative opportunities, resulting in greater effectiveness and satisfaction at work.
When installed outdoors, GreenTecStyle® walls are beacons of life: flowers attract pollinators such as bees, bumblebees, and butterflies.
Provide insulation and visual barriers
GreenTecStyle® and the plants that thrive on it provide acoustic and thermal insulation, keeping the houses/apartments/offices/buildings cool in summer and holding the heat of the radiators inside in winter. The GreenTecStyle® composite and its plants can disperse and dampen sound waves, making the composite an interesting solution for sound barriers in offices, homes, and along roads.
Green walls (created with the GreenTecStyle®) can serve as a barrier to screen unwanted views or block (in any case considerably reduce) noise from e.g. busy highways.
Greater usage of public green spaces
It is known that green spaces bring people together. By providing a cool micro-climate in urban surroundings, the vertical ecosystem created with GreenTecStyle® encourage greater usage of public green spaces. Communities come together to bond and enjoy recreational activities in green areas. This reduces social isolation and improves social connections in a city. In summer, green spaces are cooler and hence more pleasant compared to conventional (=grey) urban environments. GreenTecStyle® walls have been shown to cool the surrounding environment by up to 5°C.
The GreenTecStyle® (vertical) eco-systems, may generate savings in energy costs for cooling and heating and increase the values of homes/buildings with well-maintained landscapes and green accents up to 20%.
Improving climate and indoor air quality
All of the above and the fact that plants reduce carbon dioxide from the atmosphere could make GreenTecStyle® part of an effective solution against global warming.