Vertical gardens for urban biodiversity
Designing and installing a vertical garden at home or in a business is an easy and useful step to support sustainable development.
Vertical gardens by Mon Toit Vert offer many advantages, both for improving staff conditions in the workplace or to enhance the family’s quality of life at home.
Having recognized their many benefits, today many individuals and companies are installing vertical gardens both indoors and outdoors. Let’s consider what those benefits are:
– They contribute to the preservation of the environment: vertical gardens help regulate temperature by cooling the building, thus decreasing energy costs in periods of high heat. Indeed, when a thick layer of plants covers a wall, the air is naturally refreshed, thus limiting the need for air conditioning. Green plants reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the runoff quality acting in the same way as a particulate filter.
– They improve the quality of life: whether indoor or outdoor, a vertical garden has a very nice visual effect. Original and atypical, it catches the eye and is pleasant to watch. With the changing of seasons and according to the plants chosen, a vertical garden brings color and greenery to a living environment that can be dull between four walls. The very principle of a vertical garden also improves sound insulation for acoustic comfort, and allows for biodiversity, which is often absent in urban areas.
– They improve the sustainability of infrastructures when installed outdoors: Mon Toit Vert (by Vertige) green wall systems have been designed to provide buildings with better thermal insulation. The air cushion 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 on the wall will absorb rainwater, preventing large quantities of it from reaching the bearing wall directly.
What is the principle of a vertical garden?
VERTIGE uses efficient processes for the creation of ingenious and revolutionary green walls. The alveolar modules for attaching the plants offer different configurations (3m, 6m and 9m long). The support is directly attached to an aluminium frame on the wall of the building or an inner wall. If required, it is also possible to insert additional acoustic or thermal insulation between the load-bearing wall and the vegetable installation.
Each system cell can support up to four liters of substrate, thus encouraging good root development and plant growth… It is therefore possible to plant a wide selection of varieties: succulents, ferns and mosses, aromatic plants and different flowering plants.
The plant growth module has been created so that the water is evenly distributed in each cell, thanks to a drop-by drop system, a self-regulating hose and a valve that expels the excess.
Benefits of a vertical garden
– Aesthetics: this green touch is undoubtedly relaxing and pleasing to the eye. On the other hand, it also allows the hiding of unsightly walls. By completely modifying a space to transform it into a garden or a patio, the “green” profile of any site is also reinforced.
– Anti-pollution: plant walls help filter fine pollutant particles. The rates of CO2 and VOC (volatile organic compounds) that are captured through the leaves decrease. Vertical gardens also contribute to considerably reduce gases generated by outdoor car traffic and those emanating from adhesives, solvents and synthetic materials used indoors.
– Insulation: the acoustic and thermal insulation offered by a plant wall is effective, since there is an air layer between the metal frame and the wall of the building. Vegetable walls protect from cold, heat and noise.
– Constant evolution: a vertical garden offers the possibility of appreciating the growth of plants and the blooming of flowers, and even admits adding different green varieties, whether it is placed outside, in a room or even in a bathroom.
– Relaxing effect: a vertical outdoor garden is ideal to relax with the sound of the wind between the leaves, listening to the song of birds or watching butterflies fluttering around.
– Durability: plant walls increase the life of façades and their fire resistance. They also reduce the flow of draining rain water.
– Energy savings: plant walls reduce energy expenditure thanks to their excellent insulating qualities.
How much does a vertical garden cost?
The price per square meter of a vertical garden is calculated considering criteria that range from the technical solution chosen to the geographical location.
Installing a vegetable garden means opting for a profitable investment thanks to the significant reduction of energy costs, so much so that the cost of the project can be amortized over a period of three to seven years.
There are also many rehabilitation aids, such as subsidies and tax relief schemes that support the realization of eco-responsible projects.
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Examples of vertical gardens