Vertical gardening

Vertical gardening is a growing trend that has now also reached Germany and Austria. And for good reason: because the green areas that go up instead of down offer many aesthetic and ecological advantages.They transform gray buildings into lush greenery and act as biological air conditioning systems. No wonder the mini-ecosystems are increasingly sprouting from the ground – or, more precisely, from the walls – especially in cities, where there is often a lack of space. While vertical gardens are often created for purely aesthetic reasons, they also offer many other tangible benefits.

Biophilia

Vertical gardens are biophilic designs that incorporate natural elements, materials and forms into architecture. Research has shown that a mix of plant species can have a strong biophilic effect, providing measurable physical and physiological benefits.

Air quality

Green facades reduce the CO2 balance of a building, the plants bind air pollutants, nitrogen dioxide up to 40%. Sulfur dioxide, ozone and fine dust even up to 60%. Rain later washes away the pollutants and they are filtered out by the substrate under the plants.

Exterior walls

Reducing the absorption of thermal energy transferred through the building walls to the interior surface.

Quality of life

Reduction of noise pollution on the building by up to 10 decibels with a full green roof.

Design considerations

Since most plants rely on soil, which is rarely found on vertical surfaces, a successful vertical garden requires careful pre-planning and a quality substructure.
As the base for the vertical garden, the wall must serve a number of important functions:

  • It must be able to support the load of the entire system
  • Waterproofing to protect the load-bearing wall from the bulk of irrigation water and prevent the risk of long-term water damage
  • Orientation and location to provide the most favorable growing conditions.

Südmetall offers the appropriate system needed to optimally equip a house facade for greening:

Urban Garden / Vertikales Gärtnern. Urban Garden, auch urbaner Gartenbau genannt, bezeichnet die Nutzung von städtischen Flächen für den Gartenbau und zum Anlegen von Grünflächen.
Urban Garden / Vertikales Gärtnern. Urban Garden, auch urbaner Gartenbau genannt, bezeichnet die Nutzung von städtischen Flächen für den Gartenbau und zum Anlegen von Grünflächen.

COMPANY

Südmetall stands for modern technology and passion in a traditional market. For 25 years, founded in 1995 by Jakob Persterer, the company has been a reliable partner for trade and commerce. Today, Süd-Metall Beschläge GmbH has over 280 employees and is represented on (almost) all continents of the world. As an independent family business, it is one of the market leaders in the German-speaking region with the product ranges of fittings, glass and metal construction.
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