Our congratulations go to Graeme Hopkins of Fifth Creek Studio for his recently recognised novel work on green roofs and living walls.
MEA worked with Graeme to design a comprehensive monitoring system for his living wall project.
A living wall is simply, a wall made of plants! Pretty cool (actually it is - literally)!
Living wall prototypes were set up in the Adelaide CBD. Top quality Hukseflux pyranometers, as well as a bank of temperature, humidity and CO2 sensors were deployed to form an elaborate network of measurement points for comparison of the living wall to a normally exposed wall.
Sure plants growing up a buiding look good but do they actually make any difference? Apparently they do! Amongst other things Graeme’s research revealed:
Now that is something to think about!
These and other key findings have been presented at various international conferences.
More details of the project can be found here.