Designing and installing a green wall at home or in a business is one of the easy and useful steps that can be taken for sustainable development … The benefits of Mon Toit Vert’s vertical gardens are many, for your employees in the workplace or for the quality of life that emanates from your home.
Vegetal wall or vertical garden for urban biodiversity
If many companies and individuals now install vertical gardens indoors and outdoors, it is because there are lots of benefits :
They contribute to the preservation of the environment : they make it possible to regulate the temperature by bringing freshness to the dwelling and thus decrease the energy expenses in periods of high heat. Indeed, when a thick layer of plants is present on a wall, the air naturally refreshes limiting the use of air conditioning. Green plants reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of runoff by acting in the same way as a particulate filter.
They improve the quality of life: whether indoor or outdoor, the vertical garden has a very nice visual effect. Original and atypical, it catches the eye and is pleasant to watch.
Changing over the seasons and according to desires, the vertical garden brings color and greenery to a living environment that can sometimes be monotonous between four walls.
The very principle of the green wall also improves sound insulation (acoustic comfort) and brings up a biodiversity that is often lacking in urban areas.
They make the infrastructure more sustainable when they are put outside: Mon Toit Vert (by Vertige) green wall installations have been designed to provide the building with better thermal insulation.
The layer of air created between the support wall and the installation of cells as well as the thick layer of plants will reinforce the thermal insulation of the walls, protecting them from temperature fluctuations. In the same way, the vegetation installed on the wall will come to absorb the rainwater, preventing them from reaching directly and in large quantities the bearing wall.
What is the principle of a green wall ?
Processes for the creation of ingenious and revolutionary green walls … The alveolar modules for attaching the plants offer different installations, of 3m, 6m and 9m long. The support will be attached directly to an aluminum frame, on the wall of the building or an interior wall. If you wish, it is also possible to insert additional insulation (acoustic or thermal) between the load-bearing wall and the installation.
Each cavity of the system is able to support up to 4 liters of substrate per plant, thus benefiting the good development of roots and the growth of plants … It is thus possible to plant all kinds of varieties: succulents, ferns and mosses, aromatic plants and different floral variations.
The plant growth module has been created so that the water is evenly distributed in each cell. Thanks to a droplet system, a self-regulating hose and a valve that expels the excess.
Indoor green wall
More and more people want green facilities … Thanks to the influence of architects concerned with the ecology of buildings or of creative professionals (landscapers, floral decorators) the implantation in the heart of cities of an exterior green wall is booming.
For the enjoyment of the eyes and the newfound biodiversity, we observe more and more this type of plant and floral decoration on the walls of urban, municipal or institutional buildings, but also in commercial or industrial premises … The construction goes on green and the trend of the green walls is running.
Interior green walls
Following the fashion trend of the traditional interior gardens, the walls are also going green … As much in private homes as in public buildings, the presence of an interior wall is always a striking decorative element. The presence of a wall of plants or an interior wall superbly planted with various species, ferns, exotic plants, flowers or grasses gives the most beautiful effect by bringing nature into the home … With the evolution of the techniques of planting, building a vertical garden or a flower wall is no longer as complicated as in the past.
Seedlings or transplanting grow in an enriched substrate (natural fertilizer), watering is done automatically by drip stream and maintenance is minmal …
In the form of a floral painting or complete partition, the garden and fresh air are now entering homes thanks to the green walls.
Back to the origins of the green walls
Historically, the development of vegetation on the walls is a natural phenomenon going back to the times when houses were mostly built of mud, a mixture of earth and fiber of various plants (straw or hay) intended to fill the empty parts a wall or a partition (by the principle of filling) … The vertical growth of the plants was then very common under the effect of the external elements, the humidity, the rain, the sun, favoring the development of the mosses and lichens and the natural seeding of any plantation.
Some emblematic achievements of green walls:
One of the first and certainly the most famous of wall creations is the facade of the Museum of Quai Branly in Paris created by Patrick Blanc … We can also mention the Oasis Aboukir in the 2nd district or the BHV in the 4th arrondissement, as well as many buildings that are also going green (the Flower Tower, la Cascade Végétale de clématite on Croix-Jarry, etc.).