Living Walls and Plants have a positive impact on interiors
The benefits of specifying plants for both interiors and exteriors are extensive. They play an important role in the much larger puzzle of biophilic design and green infrastructure. The Smartscape team partner with commercial businesses to incorporate a variety of planting solutions to improve interior air quality and bring positive benefits to building users.
Our service is available throughout the UK with full maintenance packages offered for abundant, permanently vibrant plant displays. If you want to incorporate plants into your building contact us, full design consultancy, planning, planting and maintenance are available from the Scotscape Smartscape team.
What is Biophilia?
Biophilia is the phrase used to describe our innate need as human beings to connect with nature. It encapsulates our connection with all things biological and natural. With urbanisation of our planet on the rise and predicted to reach 7 billion people living in cities by the end of this century, how we use plants in our cities can have a significant impact on improving the lives of city dwellers worldwide. By just 2025 56% of the global population will reside in cities, consuming 70% of the world’s energy (Arup Cities Alive) – these facts make the urgency for introducing more plants into our cities offices and homes more crucial.
Introducing plants, trees, living walls, green roofs and rain-gardens into our cities invigorates our connection with nature (biophilia) thus improving health and well-being, this has a solid impact on the productivity of people both at work and play making the case for greening up existing property assets and incorporating green amenity space at point of development, crucial for the long-term vision of our cities and health of city dwellers and workers.
Our Smartscape team design smart planting installations for our clients with functional horticultural content to bring maximum benefits to interiors. We incorporate not only traditional planted combinations, but also use living walls, moss walls and bespoke design service to create a 'menu' of interior greening options to style interiors in the healthiest way possible.
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Interior Landscape Design
Interior Landscaping Design and Consultancy
Scotscape offer our clients full interior planting assessments and designs which incorporate functional horticultural content, unique bespoke green solutions, living walls and planted combinations to inspire and invigorate building users connection with nature.
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Well Building Standard
Living Walls and Plants for Healthy Buildings
We are guided by detailed, considered and time consuming research to support our recommendations. We undergo our own research into the power of plants and work with multiple Universities across the UK to underpin our advice. A benchmark platform which shows the power of healthy buildings is the Well Building Standard.
The Well Building Standard is an accreditation benchmark which covers all areas of engineering healthy buildings, from incorporating plants, natural light, break out space, community areas, healthy sustainable non-toxic furniture and fittings and effective air filtration – (to name just a few key markers). Well Building was adopted by the buildings engineers Cundall, the impact on productivity and staff well-being was measured and here are the results:
- Perceived well-being up 25% to 76%
- Perceived productivity up from 27% to 73%
- Sense of community up from 28% to 79%
- Enjoyment of the environment up from 48% to 82%
- Corporate image up from 38% to 88%
You can’t argue with that!
What did this mean economically for the company?
- In HR terms, absenteeism rates have reduced significantly; they are 22% lower than those of a typical new office development (49% reduction compared with a 27% average), equating to a circa £90,000 annual saving
- Staff turnover is down 27% in the year, compared with stable levels for the five years before the move, equating to a circa £120,000 annual saving
With statistics like this it is no wonder that smart employers are investing considerable resource into improving their office interiors, including large planting installations to support the myriad of tactics which can be applied to meet this substantial economic data.
The Scotscape Smartscape team of horticulturalists and designers can guide and advise on best horticultural plant content, volume of plants and design to enable our clients to meet building standards and add meaningful planting content to their offices.
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Lighting assessments for Living Walls
To enable successful interior landscaping projects the Smartscape team carry out full lighting assessments of the proposed location for a living wall or planting installation.
This beautiful living wall which we installed in the reception area of the renowned global engineering firm Arup is a great example of where and why lighting assessments are of prime importance.
The project is located some way from natural light. Interior planting brings with it particular demands to ensure that optimum light levels are provided for planting installations that flourish.
For Plants to photosynthesize correct light must be delivered
The full spectrum of visible light travels through a prism, the wavelengths separate into the colours of the rainbow and each colour provides a different wavelength. Violet light has the highest energy, frequency and vibration and the shortest wavelength of visible light. Beyond the visible spectrum, ultra-violet is an even shorter wave and higher frequency and energy, in fact its energy so high it can burn our skin very quickly and kill bacteria. The wavelengths of light are measured in lumens, and the light that falls on a surface is measured as lux.
Plants absorb a set of wavelengths from the light spectrum particularly from the red and blue parts of the spectrum range. The light absorbing molecules within plants are Chlorophyll a. cholorophyll b and carotenoids. Green Light penetrates deep into the leaf and can drive photosynthesis more efficiently than red light. The Green and Yellow wavelengths play a crucial role in growth beneath the plant canopy.
A lighting assessment enables mapping to be produced to ensure that correct grow lights are specified to support a healthy living wall installation
This lighting specification for the Arup Living wall demonstrates the colour spectrum required for the wall topography enabling correct lighting specification to be made.
For interior planting installations that thrive, please do not hesitate to contact us, we are a happy to assist.