What if buildings could function as ecological structures in addition to being places to live, work, learn, or relax? In other words, what if buildings could function as a part of nature: filtering air and water, providing habitats for plants, animals and birds, reducing carbon content, retaining storm water, or even having therapeutic effects on people? It doesn’t stop there—what if buildings could be constructed so that they are better insulated, reducing utility costs? The reality is that they can, and the answer is simpler and more effective than one might think: green roofs and living walls.
The paper provides information on:
- Understanding green roofs and living walls
- Benefits for small businesses
- Preliminary aspects to consider if you are interested in green roofs and living walls
- Installations and information on how it works
- Alternatives to green roofs and living walls