FOLIAGE SOLUTIONS – VERTICAL GARDENS & LIVING WALLS
WE COMBINE A PASSION FOR CREATING IMPACTFUL SPACES THROUGH THE USE OF FOLIAGE, WITH AN UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY.
Our passion, and speciality, is creating major statements using foliage for both commercial and residential structures. A foliage structure is a perfect pairing of design aesthetic with urban sustainability, and a driving force behind the creation of SRS Group. Whether internal or external, show us an under-utilised space and we will dramatically bring it to life, quite literally, with the use of foliage. Our enthusiasm for living foliage structures is two-pronged – it offers an edgy, on-trend yet soft design aesthetic, along with proven environmental benefits for both people and Mother Nature.
What are the benefits of having a foliage system?
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF BENEFITS OF GREEN WALL AND SCREEN FOLIAGE SYSTEMS WHICH EXTEND FAR BEYOND THEIR OBVIOUS VISUAL IMPACT. HERE ARE OUR TOP 5:
1. Improved air quality:
Whether indoor or out, the plants and foliage used in green screens and green walls act as a natural air filtration system. They collect pollutants and dust and in return release oxygen into the environment. Studies have shown that this enriched air quality can boost employee wellbeing and production within an office environment.
2. Savings on your power bill:
Plants cool the air in the warmer months and act as insulation, which keeps the heat in during cooler months. This helps reduce air conditioning energy consumption all year round!
A lesser-known benefit of adding nature’s insulation to your walls is the reduction in noise pollution. Green screens and walls reduce noise levels by reflecting and absorbing sound. The reduction is proportional to the number of plants used, so green walls with a dense use of plants and foliage can offer significant improvements to sound quality.
4. Protection for building facades:
Over the years, building facades are exposed to any number of harsh weather and environmental conditions such as rain and UV radiation which damage the structure and as a result require ongoing maintenance to keep them looking their best. Green walls offer protection against the elements, which can extend the exterior’s lifetime. They also reduce exterior maintenance requirements, and provide a welcome relief in urban settings where they act as a deterrent for graffiti.
5. Increase property value:
A unique, modern feature, such as green screen or green wall can provide a significant point of difference when it comes to selling a property. In addition to the visual appeal, buyers will appreciate the anticipation of cost savings in power bills and facade maintenance as well as better air quality and a quieter environment.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SYSTEM FOR YOUR NEEDS
We offer two foliage support systems – 1) living walls and 2) screens – which differ through their varying use of suspension mechanics and fullness of the actual greenery. We work with you to help select and customise a solution for your space.
No matter what living wall or screen you chose, your support system will be long-lasting, require low-maintenance and be highly resilient to seasonal climate changes due to the quality of products used, such as 316 marine grade stainless steel for rods, rigging and fixtures. Plus, we always partner with New Zealand experts in plant selection, sourcing and maintenance. This helps ensure the right foliage is selected for your end vision, that the right irrigation system is installed with an ongoing maintenance plan to keep your structure always looking its best.
We have installed foliage systems throughout New Zealand thanks to our mobile rigging service.
- Our screens can be compared to the traditional wooden trellis, where a frame is constructed and stakes or batons are overlapped / crisscrossed to support growing vines. We offer screens in stainless steel which are visually appealing, non-corrosive, are long-lasting and can be used for small to large-scale façade coverage.
- There are two options for the internal part of the trellis frame that are designed for creepers and climbing plants to ascend – either a tensile mesh netting or vertical/horizontal/diagonal wire cables. Foliage grows from the bottom of the structure – most likely through the use of a planter box.
- Green screens are used to increase the visual impact of a façade or to hide the less desirable appearance of substrate that will sit behind it. They are designed to allow a glimpse of the substrate behind.
FOLIAGE LIVING WALLS
- Foliage living or green walls are generally a large structure with the bulk of the structure typically being made from wood or water-resistant canvas similar to a tarpaulin. They are then suspended over surfaces such as concrete, brick, metal and other types of cladding.
- A living wall is made up of plants that are inserted into a growing medium – being soil or hydroponic – where they grow from within the wall. This differs to screens which grow/climb up from soil in a planter box at the base of the structure and use different foliage for doing so. Living walls can be used on exteriors of buildings facades or indoors where they can be created into a makeshift freestanding internal wall or divider.
- Green walls offer maximum coverage with thick and abundant foliage and the solid structure blocks out whatever is behind it. Green walls are usually foliage dense but can be utilised in a subtler way dependant on plant selection.
Sustainability through foliage
For many years architects and engineers have been looking at ways to offer more sustainable, building practices, as well as how to reduce the pollutants and waste emitted by their structures. These living walls and buildings offer many benefits, particularly for the environment. By acting as a protective barrier, vertical gardens can have a significant impact on insulation, reducing heating costs in winter and cooling costs in summer.
When foliage structures are used indoors, they can also improve indoor air quality with plants absorbing and cleaning harmful pollutants from the air and generating energy-rich oxygen. Beyond the environmental benefits, studies show vertical gardens and living walls provide people with a connection to nature having a relaxing and calming effect on participants, providing just another great reason to ‘go green.’ Leaves of plants can also reduce noise pollution by reflecting, refracting and absorbing acoustic energy in small amounts. When vertical gardens are used internally, (where you likely have a wall of 1000+ plants), the acoustics of a room can be substantially improved, and when used on building facades can help reduce traffic and other urban noise pollution.
What part does SRS play in the construction of Living Walls?
SRS Group provides customised vertical garden solutions to create an impact using two differing systems – 1) Living walls and 2) Living screens. Each of our living wall foliage systems are long-lasting, low-maintenance, highly resilient to seasonal climate changes and use sustainable materials. We always partner with New Zealand experts in plant selection, sourcing and maintenance, and our structures all make use of quality products such as 316 marine grade stainless steel for rods, rigging and fixtures. These vertical gardens breathe life – via, plants, leaves, foliage and flowers – into otherwise drab exteriors or surfaces, whether it’s a commercial buildings or a residential space. Nature has provided us with a huge variety of colours, textures, patterns and sizes to work with and this ‘living art’ offers a ‘wow factor’ using innovative structures to extend beyond traditional horizontal planes into the vertical.
What can I achieve by using a Living wall?
Living walls offer maximum coverage with thick and abundant foliage. Are you looking to make a statement on the façade of a commercial or residential building? Ever dreamt of completely covering an unappealing and unattractive wall in your home? Living walls could be your answer. Although Living Walls can be used to cover areas by mass amounts of foliage – they can also be utilised in a more subtle way dependant on what plants you have in mind. If you have a particular image in mind we would love to make it come to life.
What are the best plants for a living wall?
Are you looking to make a statement on the façade of a commercial or residential building? Ever dreamt of completely covering an unappealing and unattractive wall in your home? Living walls could be your answer. Living walls offer maximum coverage with thick and abundant foliage. Plants like ferns, ivy, grasses, petunias, nasturtiums and alyssums make for great living wall plants but these can also be supplemented with edible plants such as bok choi, spinach, lettuce, chilli plants and spring onions. Herbs like oregano and chives also work really well. Living walls are very personal and you can use plants that suit your needs whether it’s commercial or residential. We partner with a number of New Zealand experts in both soil and hydroponic systems. Whatever your requirements, we can assist in designing, fabricating and installing green walls for your commercial or residential property.