Living walls help purify the air in your office and regulate the temperature around you. Bringing nature into our lives is guaranteed to boost mood and increase our chances of a more sustainable future. Green infrastructure is a great way to get plants and colour into the places that need it the most. As its name suggests, a living wall is alive.
They offer a range of benefits; many complement the human need to connect with nature. If space isn’t on your side, but you still want the magical benefits of plants, interior living walls are the way forward.
Purify the air
Living walls contribute towards a cleaner and more oxygenated air. They release water vapour that cools the air in the summer and restores natural healthful moisture to heated spaces in winter. Plants naturally infuse the air with oxygen and reduce carbon dioxide levels for improved quality.
Living green walls are natural air-filters, which means they work to create a cleaner and fresher work environment, which will lead to better overall occupant health and well-being. People are often exposed to air toxins indoors like carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene and VOCs; living walls work to combat these. They metabolise harmful toxins while releasing oxygen into the air.
Indoor plants are known for their improvements in air purification and breathing space, living walls do exactly the same but on a much bigger scale.
Cleaner air leads to fewer health complaints often found in offices or working environments. Health issues such as headaches, tiredness, sore throats and irritated eyes are common, but living walls can help improve these.
Increase the feeling of well-being
Research has been carried out into the physical and mental health benefits of interaction with plants. Living walls bring nature into the built environment, allowing employees and visitors to benefit from the healing power of plants. Researchers found lowered cortisol levels and reported reduced anxiety levels in participants with access and interaction with plants, even if for short intervals.
Colours can impact our emotions, some positive and some negative. Green is linked to safety, for example. Hence, green foliage is a popular choice for indoor living walls as it helps create a comforting and safe environment.
Biophilic office design is the idea of bringing the outdoors into the workplace. People now prioritise wellness and encourage a more relaxed approach to office interior design. Biophilia refers to humans being drawn to nature and having an instinctive bond with natural surroundings. Living walls are a key element in a biophilic office design and improving workplace wellbeing.
Reduce Ambient Noise
They act as a sound barrier to the building. In fact, they absorb 41% more sound than a traditional facade, resulting in a reduction of up to 8 decibels. This helps make the environment much quieter both inside and outside the building. Without the distraction of loud background noise, concentration levels will rise and productivity. The noise levels created by a living wall are similar to those found in nature, a tranquil environment already known for its contributions to concentration and general mood improvements.
Living and working in a green environment has a positive effect on the well-being of people. Positive moods enhance learning and more efficient decision making, especially on complex tasks. Research shows a green workplace can result in a 15% increase in productivity. Plants have a considerable effect on employee satisfaction.
An environment that boosts productivity, in turn, reduces stress as more work is getting done without the need for a high-pressure environment. The colour green is associated with safety and calm, contributing to an overall reduction in stress levels. Studies have shown that looking at plants for as little as 3 to 5 minutes can improve blood pressure, heart activity, muscle tension and brain activity.
A living wall system can transform any space. At Aztec Plants, our living walls are designed with an internal self-watering system, so you don’t need to worry about keeping them alive in your busy office. Simply sit back and smell the roses (well, the foliage). Evidence of the benefits of an interior living wall is widely acknowledged by experts worldwide.
Installing a green wall in your office creates a healthier, happier working environment with regulated temperatures and cleaner breathing air. Ready to reap the benefits of a living wall in your office and breath the good air? Contact our experts today and see how our living walls improve your working life.