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Vertical Planting and Green Walling in dublin

Green walls questiionnaire

The following is a questionnaire sent to me by Andrew O' keffee, a college student who was inspired by the technology on a visit to London. The results were published in his dissertation 

The purpose of this questionnaire is to gather some first-hand information in relation to green 
facades and living walls. This information will be used as part of a university dissertation and 
all information will be held in the strictest confidence. 

 

1. What types of buildings would you mostly install green walls on i.e. single story 
dwellings, high-rise flats, office blocks, commercial properties etc.? 

I mostly incorporate Green walls in Residential Garden Design. I first incorporated living walls into my design at the Blominthepark Garden Exhibition in the Phenix park Dublin in 2010
 

 

2. What would be the typical size/area of green walls your company would install? 

The Area i covered at the Bloom festival was 20 square meters


 

 

3. What would be the biggest you company has previously installed? 
 20 square meters is the biggest installation we installed

 

 

4. In your opinion would you say green wall installations are becoming more popular? 

There is little to no awareness of living walls from any of my clients


 

 

5. Have you ever been required to install a green wall in Ireland? If where and when 
was it constructed? 

It was constructed in Two Mile House, Naas Co Kildare after a client bid for it at the show garden festival Bloom 2010 
 

 

6. What would the typical costs per meter/ft be for a green wall? Please state the unit of 
measure and the construction method, i.e. modular units, trellises etc. 

The cost from Siempergreen was 400 euro per square meter panel

 

 

7. What would you consider to be the most popular type of green wall? 

I would say that a combination of waterwall and living green wall seem to make the biggest impression on clients
 

 

8. In your opinion what would be the best type of green wall construction, and if 
possible give reasons for your answer? 

I think the best type of green wall construction would be in the city centre where it would get maximum exposure and raise awareness levels of its capabilities
 

 

 

9. What would be the approximate number of green walls installed in the last 3 years? 


10. In your opinion is there a general lack of awareness of green walls? If you feel there is 
a lack of knowledge about them, why do you think this is? 


 I think the lack of awareness is due to current economic situation and the fact that it is a specialized architectural product


 

11. Is there a big need for maintenance with green wall construction? 


Yes absolutely the maintenance of these walls is as fundmental as the installation as changes may need to be made due to climate, environment etc.
seasonal replacement is a costly factor in living walls

 

12. Do you offer maintenance contracts with green wall installations? 

Yes we offer full installation and seasonal or one off replacements
 

 

13. How often would you be required to trim the vegetation on a green wall? 

Usually the vegetation is left to grow to its fulfillment and there is no trimming involved as mostly herbacious plants are used

 

14. Are green facades with self-irrigation systems in high demand? 

I installed an irrigation system with the garden installation in Naas co. Kildare but am unaware of the demand generally
 

 

15. Would these systems be much more expensive to install and run? 


 yes definitely there was a considerable cost to having the pads supported for automatic irrigation system

 

16. Do you ever find any issues with installing green walls i.e. stringent planning 
guidelines or issues with neighbouring properties? If so please elaborate? 


 

 n/a

 

17. In general are customers satisfied with the finished products? 
Yes absolutely stunned at the bloom garden show in 2010 show. they were extremely interested in the variety of planting and the technology. seemed to be a crowd pleaser in terms of aestethic. most of the crowd were unaware of its insulation proerties

 

 

18. Do customers find any additional benefits to green wall construction besides 
aesthetics? 

I am unsure but if i were to install i would hope it would make my environment healthier and less stressful pleasant atmosphere
 

Completed by: 

Company Name: 
Edward Cullen
Amazon Landscaping and Garden Design 

Thank you very much for your time and participation. It is greatly appreciated. 

No prob

Living Walls

Living walls are vertically installed plants that create a lush green vertical canopy of living plant life. 
Curated by Patrick Blanc it is an ingenious re engineering of natures rooting system. 
It has proved popular in many cities around the globe especially Los Angeles, Paris and London.

It is a simple and quick way to green up dull concrete city green walls. It is also extremely eco friendly and 
a totally fresh approach to insulating the exterior f a building which makes it ann energy saving product as well. 
The panels themselves come as square meter pads that can be attached to the exterior of any solid brick or block wall.

Research by the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge has found that "a layer of vegetation can reduce heat loss from buildings, cutting the wind chill factor by 75% and heating demand by 25%."

Inspired by plants in AMAZON rainforest canopies or living on rocks around waterfalls the key features were green roofs and planted walls.

The wealth of benefits from this planting style includes reducing pollution and rainwater run-off, insulating buildings and providing habitat for wildlife. Vertical gardening can offset the impact of paving over front gardens, increasing vegetation in otherwise concrete-filled spaces and reducing the risk of localised flooding.

Edible Walls
 

  • Vertical gardens are a very cool concept, and certainly ideal for the urban farmer. There is even something called a mobile edible garden created by George Irwin – really incredible. It's a 6-foot x 2-foot mobile unit that has a special watering reservoir. Although the kit is very pricy at $5,000, it comes with everything you need to have an indoor vegetable garden in your apartment or house year round. What kind of yield can you get from a unit like that? In ideal conditions (crop rotation, the right amount of sun) what you could expect in just one 2-foot×2-foor cell (there are 3 cells per unit): 20 to 30 pounds of tomatoes, 20 to 30 pounds of eggplant, 13 pounds of strawberries or 16 bunches of herbs.
  • Click here to view ideal plants used for living wall panels Check out Green Living Technologies International Mobile Edible Wall Units (agreenroof.com/urban-farms/mobile-edible-walls).