From retail outlets to corporate head offices, global brands are increasingly adopting greenwalls to not only beautify the workplace but also provide an environment that promotes increased productivity and sustainability.
The trend which started overseas is now taking off in Australia.
Mark Paul, founder and owner of The Greenwall Company said: “We have recently installed our first greenwall for the St George Bank in Barangaroo, Sydney’s newest business district.""Branding was incorporated into the design of the wall similar to installations we have completed for Google Head Office, Jurlique, QANTAS and Origin Energy to name a few,” Mr Paul said.
Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney greenwall[/caption]Studies have shown that simply having a view of greenery increases workplace productivity. Furthermore, having plants indoors can help to reduce symptoms of discomfort, which inturn decreases the number of days off due to “sickness”.
European and American Universities have carried out scientific reports confirming that by incorporating plants into the workplace they can give positive physiological responses, which can translate into greater employee efficiency and productivity.
Origin Energy greenwall in Melbourne[/caption]Washington State University had the blood pressure and emotions of participants monitored. It concluded that when plants were added to the interior space, the participants had a 12 per cent quicker reaction time, had lower blood pressure and reported feeling more attentive.
“Above and beyond the benefits for workers and customers, greenwalls are a more sustainable and economic option for businesses. Our walls are installed and designed to last the lifetime of the building and require minimal maintenance as they run on automated irrigation systems," Mr Paul said.
"If you compare the cost of re-ordering dead potted plants every three months versus installing a greenwall in the first place you’ll find you’ve made your money back in under 12 months!”
A New York City Greenwall with Central Park theme developed by Green Living Technologies International. Image credit - Green Living Technologies International agreenroof.com[/caption]Greenwall can be used like cladding to produce instant ‘greenspace’ both inside and out.
The Greenwall Company has developed their version of the product over approximately 30 years, presenting an innovative system based on inorganic media and adjustable substrate depth that retains moisture and simulates conditions resembling natural soil.
In addition, by using plants adapted to impoverished environments and seasonal drought, greenwalls can be made resilient to inevitable short-term human and mechanical failures.