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Gaia Energy specialises in the supply and instillation of green living walls and vertical gardens/aquaponic systems. A green wall is also known as a vertical garden or living wall is a self-sufficient garden attached to the exterior or interior walls of a building. In green walls, various types of modular panels can be used along with growing media, irrigation systems, and plants. Along with other forms of urban greening such as planting trees and constructing green roofs, green walls/living walls provide a host of benefits to the environment, people living and working in the area, and to the buildings themselves.

Our fire-retardant pocket trellis system utilises a sturdy weavelocked continuous glass fibre fabric to produce a pocket trellis system that will support vegetation for building living green walls. Customers have the option to choose their own plants to populate the living wall or opt for one of our pre-grown wildflower meadow grass hanging plant bags. We offer a complete instillation service which can include a rainwater fed irrigation system.

Gaia Energy intends to deliver and exceed on the Government’s new Environment Bill requiring developers to deliver a net biodiversity gain of at least 10% on housing schemes. In doing so, we will supply, build and maintain living walls and vertical gardens. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Green walls have been shown to increase biodiversity even in city environments. By using a broad range of plants, a green wall can considerably increase the number and variety of insects and birds in a given area, helping to return a more sustainable ecosystem in urban environments.
  • Vegetated surfaces can provide a visual impact and focus or be used to obscure unsightly structures and spaces. As well as introducing greenery into cities where green space is now so sparse, these living walls can disguise eyesores, while enhancing and adding stunning visual impact to any public space, whether indoors or out.
  • Plants and greenery have been proven to provide uplifting and calming effects on people whilst having a positive impact on stress-related illnesses. Studies have shown that simply having a view of greenery increases workplace productivity and patient recovery rates in hospitals.
  • Large areas of greenery help to suppress dust particles, improving air quality around construction sites and busy highways. This can lead to a reduction in respiratory illness. During the day, plants extract carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and many other toxins from the air during photosynthesis, resulting in significant reductions in CO2 levels in well-vegetated urban areas.
  • Planted surfaces have low reflectivity and high-absorption properties. As well as helping to reduce air pollution, living walls can also significantly reduce noise pollution by acting as a sound barrier.
  • A green wall can significantly improve a building’s thermal insulation. The coverage of vegetation over a building can dramatically reduce the need for additional cooling in summer, and it works as a blanket to reduce heat loss from a building in winter. Green walls can also protect a building from wind, weather, and temperature fluctuations, prolonging the life of the structure.

Gaia Energy is dedicated to changing housing for the better by giving people greater choice into how the built environment is created. So that people can live better, healthier, more fulfilled lives.

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