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  • Scotscape Investigates Thermal Benefits and Water Useage of Living Walls

    Daniel Fountain
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    Scotscape have designed, supplied, installed and are maintaining a variety of Living Wall systems at Sheffield University for research and development purposes.Working in partnership with the University of Sheffield, this unique 12 month programme will assess the relative performance of each Living Wall type – including hydroponic, compost, stainless steel wire and Ivysystems. Control panels have already been installed and are now being monitored to assess the products’ performance over a range of environmental conditions.

    The benefits of living walls in terms of providing habitats for essential invertebrate life, birds and bees is also being assessed across Scotscape’s living wall portfolio, by the proactive charity Buglife. Quarterly analytical assessments are undertaken to monitor the rich variety of ‘birds, bugs and bees’ which gravitate to areas of biodiversity in urban areas.www.buglife.org.uk

    In line with our commitment to sustainability and biodiversity, Scotscape are maintaining the living wall at Edgeware Road station. Transport for London commissioned this green wall to counter air pollution on the corner of Edgeware and Marylebone Roads. Funded by the government’s Clean Air Fund, this wall is being monitored by Imperial College to assess the chosen plants for their ability to remove particulate matter from the air.

    Commenting on the programme, Scotscape’s Managing Director, Angus Cunningham said: “Sheffield University has an enviable reputation for the quality of its research into sustainable building materials and we’re absolutely delighted to be sponsoring and working with the research team on this particular programme, which will enable future clients to select the system most appropriate for their budget and sustainable infrastructure goals. This is the most comprehensive piece of research ever undertaken into the thermal benefits of Living Walls and we’re looking forward to seeing the results in the autumn of 2013’’.

    For further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact Anna Roochove on +44 (0) 7500 708 687 annar@scotscape.net.

    Daniel Fountain / 06.02.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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