A Living Wall is a wall partially or completely covered with vegetation. Living Walls are also known as Green Walls, Bioboards, Biowalls, Ecowalls, or Vertical gardens. The Living Walls may be indoors or outside, freestanding or attached to an existing structure. Living Walls have seen a recent increase in popularity and Scotscape has contributed to this trend by creating iconic Living Walls. The pictures right testify this commitment.
Living Walls go further than simply aesthetic benefits. Living Walls can act as living insulation (both acoustic and thermal). Not only do they cool the ambient air temperature and reduce the Heat Island effect, they can even have a cooling effect upon the building the system is attached to. Glare is also significantly reduced when compared with standard hardscaped walls. The advantages of a Living Wall system also extends to the biodiversity. The variety of plant species within these Living Walls provides unique possibilities for habitat preservation and the protection of local flora and fauna, even within an urban setting. Rare urban habitats can be created for birds, bees and insects and we can advise on the suitable mix and location of nesting boxes and hives. Moreover, plants help remove harmful PM 10’s (Particulate Matter) and Nitrogen Dioxide from the air, thus contributing to the overall health and sense of wellbeing of everyone.
The Scotscape Living Wall is a light-weight semi hydroponic modular panel system constructed from a patented advanced geotextile fabric. Each square metre holds 49 plants in individual pockets. Each panel incorporates a dripline to irrigate the plants through the fabric. Panels can be fitted to flat or curved surfaces and are planted on site. The system is designed for rapid installation by a small specialist team, minimizing on-site disruption and downtime. Every part of the module is made with recycled materials and is itself recyclable. The module is composed by several layers that includes PVC layer, Fytotextile layer and Polyamide layer as shown below.