What to Know About Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardens can be used in indoor spaces or outdoor areas. They can transform a vacant or underused area into a special horticultural space. The concept of plants on walls can seem unnatural. In reality, plants exhibit vertical growth patterns in nature, whether this is seen in ferns moving down crevices or staghorns on tree branches. Plants can thrive as long as they have sufficient exposure to sun, a stable medium, and access to water and nutrients. (more…)

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Environmental Benefits Of Green Roofs

There are significant environmental benefits to a green roof in an urban setting, specifically energy conservation and the creation of more natural beauty and green spaces. A notable environmental benefit can be a reduction in storm water run-off, which can have an adverse effect on the quality of local water resources which supplies drinking water and also on marine life. (more…)

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Sustainable Architecture: Five Reasons To Love Eco-Smart Designs

Architect Chris Baribeau is the co-founder of US based architectural design firm Modus Studio in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Modus Studio was involved in the design of ECO Modern Flats which incorporated the latest in energy and environmental design (LEED) for Homes Multifamily Platinum housing project in Fayetteville,for which Modus Studio was awarded US Green Building Council status. (more…)

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The Only Direction Points Up

Building a green wall or roof on the home will not only improve its sustainability but also provide enhanced aesthetic appeal. In Australia few homes are designed to withstand the added weight and stress of green wall or roof.  Therefore it is important to seek the advice of a structural engineer for a newly constructed building or an existing property that will need to be altered and retrofitted. (more…)

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How to Fix Concrete Cancer

Concrete experts advise that it is possible to repair concrete cancer without having to knock it down altogether. To ascertain how advanced the concrete cancer is, it’s important to seek advice from a professional who can perform tests to measure the level of alkalines and chlorines present at various depths. The Australian Concrete Repair Association can provide a list of qualified local members who are trained to diagnose the problem and find an appropriate solution. (more…)

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