Living Walls - Reducing the Carbon Footprint in the Built Environment
Updated: Jan 19
Living Walls not only look great and improve are wellbeing but they also have an important role to play in the built environment..
All planning applications for new homes and commercial building are required to show how the new development will reduce carbon emissions. This requirement is part of the Government's carbon reduction policy with the ultimate goal of achieving 'Net Zero'. If Net Zero is reached it would mean that the UK's total greenhouse gas emissions would be equal to or less than the emissions the UK removes from the environment.
At the design stage of a buildings life, various factors need to be considered in assessing carbon reduction to achieve a satisfactory planning outcome in design terms. Use of sustainable building practices, eco friendly materials, renewable technologies and including areas of biodiversity are some of the ways this can be achieved.
Living Walls can be a great way for a design team to showcase biodiversity and sustainable building practices in new buildings. For example, a living wall on the external envelope can help reduce solar gain, reduce noise pollution, increase biodiversity and combined with rainwater harvesting can be designed to recycle water for irrigation.
If you are interested in a Living Wall as part of your goal of reducing the carbon footprint of your new development please contact us here.
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