Monitoring will help prove benefits of green infrastructure indoors

Botanic ART wall at the Waterloo offices of Build Studios © Build Studios

Build Studios has installed a green wall at its Waterloo office in London, a co-working space for built environment professionals.

The wall, installed by Biotecture UK, contains 240 species of plant including climbing fig, green ferns and English ivy. There are also several Peace Lilies, a plant currently identified by NASA for use in the international space station due to its exceptional ability to absorb air pollution.

The effects of the wall on air quality will be monitored as part of the 2017 Green Infrastructure Design Challenge, run by Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), demonstrating the benefits of using green infrastructure indoors.

Bill Clee of Asset Mapping, a Build Studios member and the company responsible for monitoring the impact of the living wall on the environment, said: ‘Air quality has a huge impact on people’s wellbeing and can therefore enhance a company’s performance. The living wall also gives us an opportunity to measure the CO2 and air quality in the space using sensors. Nature can help us just as much as clever tech in delivering a smart building.’


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