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Green Walls

Green Walls, living walls or vertical gardens are attached to a host wall or frame that is part of the building envelope. Our lightweight modular green wall system is made up of a series of growing panels filled with a soilless substrate.

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Green Screens

Green Screens are ideal for screening or separating areas in indoor environments. Designed to be seen from both sides, as a cost-effective green solution.

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Stacked Plant Walls

The Stacked Plant Wall is made up of a steel rod frame holding a range of matching pots. Using a range of plants matched to the specific location, this green solution is ideal as a decorative transparent space divider.

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Planters & Pots

Incorporating Planters and Pots into the workspace can make all the difference to a well-balanced environment. Our in-house design team are always coming up with innovative Planter and Pot ideas to bring greenery to commercial spaces.

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Green Façades

Green Façades differ from vertical gardens by using climbing vines that are growing from planter boxes or the ground up wires and trellis.

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Green Roofs

A roof garden or green roof can be a flat or pitched roof surface that is planted using a thin layer of lightweight roof garden soil.

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Event Hire

Many types of events, such as product launches, conferences, seminars, openings and celebrations benefit from a plantscape backdrop to enhance the aesthetic and support the event's message.

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Fonterra

The award-winning interiors are enhanced by the stunning green wall and plantscape features which all add up to a superbly harmonious blend of man-made elements and the natural greenery of over 2,000 plants. The green wall rises through the seven floor levels of the building atrium core.

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Meredith Connell

GreenAir was invited to work on the groundbreaking design innovations delivered to the new office interiors of Meredith Connell in Auckland by Warren and Mahoney's insightful interior designer and under the diligent project management of The Building Intelligence Group.

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Cambridge Terrace

GreenAir worked with Jasmax and Fytogreen Australia to design, build and install the 500 square metre internal green screen at 141 Cambridge Terrace in Christchurch. The new 6-storey office building overlooks the Avon River and consists of a north and south atrium.

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Federal Street

Conceived by New Zealand's living wall experts, GreenAir, and their Australian partner Fytogreen, in collaboration with project landscape architects Boffa Miskell, the Federal Street green wall has a total area of 130 square metres.

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Goodman

The brief required different solutions as hanging planters for the collaboration zone, a stacked plant wall for the boardroom, a green screen for the social hub and other different planter options.

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Orion Health

The plantscape solution was tailored to the Orion situation and combined over 60 plants of different textures and sizes to break the open plan space into a fresh collection of green areas.

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22 Fanshawe

Commercial realtors Jones Lang La Salle introduced GreenAir to help Gaze Interiors with the design and build of a green wall in the internal atrium of the Tower Insurance Building in the Auckland CBD.

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NZME

The challenge for NZME was how to introduce plants without losing floor space. GreenAir developed an innovative design using suspended planters, and cascading, tumbling plant species were specified

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So Good

In February 2018, a unique culinary experience was exhibited by Sanitarium® So Good, in the form of an entirely man-made edible pop-up garden at Takutai Square in Auckland's Britomart Precinct.

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Ice Breaker

Global office staff at Icebreaker now enjoy a uniquely energising environment, connected with nature while they work. GreenAir selected a wide range of plant species to work within the space that added texture and interest in the plant pallete.

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Marine Parade

GreenAir, working with the landscape design team at Xanthe White Design and Evan Mayo from Architecture Bureau, created the external green wall for this award-winning beach house.

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WestCoast

Waitakere Architects approached GreenAir to design a plantscape solution for a new commercial building for which resource consent required a green element. This was achieved with a hydroponic green wall 13m high and 2.7m wide on the building's exterior.

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NZMS

The design objective was to create the ideal green solution for each space of the office: the building entrance; the office entrance wall; the meeting room and board room and the outdoor deck area.

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Clarence Street

The green wall was designed to soften the surrounding fire place and offer a natural visual back drop from the view from the internal kitchen and living area. 210 plants were used on this south facing green wall.

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Westmere

The green wall offers privacy between the neighbours and defines the entrance way and pool area. The idea of using a double sided green wall excited the clients as they are very passionate about plants and the positive impact on their daily lifes.

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The Shelter

GreenAir was contracted by The Shelter to supply and maintain large ficus trees. The challenge for this project was getting large trees that had grown in similar light levels to The Shelter.

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Pollen Street

The green wall is situated in the atrium of 22 Pollen Street. The challenge for this project was the limited available light levels, mainly in winter.

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Giltrap

The design objective was to create a visually dramatic internal vertical plantscape along the building wall in the main open-plan office area. This was achieved with a 4M long x 2.5M high stacked plant wall system.

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Crowne Plaza

Working with the landscape architect’s sketches, GreenAir created a solution using three double-sided green walls to maximise visual impact from the interior and exterior, of this high profile site.

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M Social

The design brief was to create an interior plantscape with an international design atmosphere for the enhanced pleasure of their discerning guests and sophisticated clientele.

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Lion Nathan

GreenAir worked with Creative Spaces to create a unique solution for the Lion head offices. A 6m tall x 2.6m wide green screen creates an attention-grabbing feature against its industrial backdrop.

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The Grounds

Mixed planters with different shapes and textures were used to create areas of privacy, and bring more green to the space. Each planter is planted with mixed species to create an eco system within each clustered planter.

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Genesis Energy

GreenAir worked in collaboration with Cheshire architects and Genesis Energy to deliver customised living solutions to the new and improved office in Greenlane.

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Vodafone

GreenAir worked in colaboration with Fytogreen Australia using the Fytowall Green Wall System.

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The Benefits

It is well known there is strong scientific evidence of the multiple positive impacts of plants to a living and work space.

Plants reduce CO2 and VOC levels while enhancing O2 levels and this goes a long way to explain why plants deliver significant health benefits to people at work and have been shown to increase productivity by up to 15%.

Not only do plants have an intrinsic aesthetic appeal in commercial interiors, they can also play practical roles, such as dividing spaces or improving acoustics. Plants are increasingly important in interior design and we’re delighted to have had our work recognisedin the Architecture Now Awards, 2016.

Outside, plants improve urban air quality, a practical and visible way for property owners to exhibit green credentials for assisting in building approvals and increase saleability of the development for increased profits. Providing plantscapes is also a way for businesses to play a role in addressing climate change and delivery of the buildings environmental performance.

Urban Benefits

Across the world, external green walls like the one GreenAir created in Glen Eden, are working to improve urban air quality.

With local and World Health Organisation reports showing residents in New Zealand’s largest cities experience similar levels of particulate and nitrogen dioxide levels to people in polluted international cities (17 NZ centres rank in new global air quality report, Central-city pollution nears WHO limits – NZ Herald)  improving urban air quality is increasingly important in preventing respiratory and heart disease.

Auckland Council estimates the social cost of poor air quality in Auckland alone to be over $1 billion dollars.

Studies such as that by Thomas Pugh, Ph.D, reported in Environmental Science & Technology, have shown careful placement of plants between city centrebuildings can reduce street-level concentrations of nitrogen dioxide by as much as 40% and particulates by up to 60%.

Aside from air quality, the cooling effect of plants has significant social and environmental benefits  in addressing climate change. Furthermore, plants have been shown to create a stronger sense of place and to reduce stress from city life.

Public and private property owners can make a significant contribution to the public good by including plantscapes in their exterior and urban design plans. Please contact us to find out how we can help.

Health at work

The health benefits to people working in offices and workplaces with plants have been demonstrated in repeated studies for more than 20 years. Now studies also show clear increases in employee productivity.

Field experiments by researchers at Cardiff, Exeter, Groningen, and Haslam Universities showed the presence of indoor plants increased employee productivity by up to 15%. As Entrepreneur reported (May 2015), the research also showed improved subjective perceptions of air quality, concentration, and workplace satisfaction where plants are present in workplaces.

The three field experiments were conducted in large commercial offices in The Netherlands and the UK and drew on objective measures of productivity as well as subjective perceptions. In all three experiments, enhanced outcomes were observed when offices were enriched by plants. The research is published in full in the Journal of Experimental Psychology (paywalled).

Controlled tests have also repeatedly shown plants are effective at improving air quality in buildings. Plants remove from the air chemicals including formaldehyde, zylene and benzene, often released from building materials and furnishings. In the studies, coughs reduced by 37%, fatigue reduced by 30%, and dry or flushed skin was reduced by 23% with plants in the workspace. Emerging evidence also suggests that exposure to plants and views of vegetation in offices reduces stress, improves attention spans and lifts cognitive performance.

As Judith Heerwagen, PhD, of the US General Services Administration writes “The cumulative body of evidence...on the people- nature relationship provides an unequivocal answer: contact with vegetation, in a variety of circumstances, is highly beneficial to human health and wellbeing.”

To discover how to improve the health and productivity of your team with plants, please contact us today.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

Urban plantscapes can play a significant environmental role, reducing climate impacts, increasing biodiversity and improving air quality. The vital importance of these ecosystem services is becoming increasingly recognised.

Plants inside buildings have an air cooling effect and, with correct design, can reduce reliance on air conditioning systems, cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Plants feature in Green Building standards for this and other environmental benefits and can help buildings achieve higher Green Star certification, making them more attractive to prospective buyers or tenants.

Green roofs also have an insulating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer. Coupled with this is water retardation from stormwater run off.

This is one key reason why globally cites are making green roofs mandatory for new buildings as it reduces infrastructure burdens. In 2015, France joined the city of Toronto in making green roofs mandatory. The French regulation is limited to new commercial buildings, whose owners may replace some of the plants with solar panels. In Toronto the regulations apply to commercial and residential new builds. We can expect regulation and preference for plantscapes to continue as councils, businesses and governments start to tackle climate change more aggressively.

Plantscapes also increase climate resilience. Green walls and green roofs can be designed to retain rainwater, reducing the problems with runoff, particularly from sudden heavy rainstorms. Rainwater filtered through plantscapes can leave the system cleaner than when it entered, creating an environmental benefit from the building. Plantscapes can also be designed to support biodiversity, giving bees, birds and butterflies safe haven in our cities.

To find more about the environmental benefits of plantscapes, please contact us.

Interior Design

Commercial interior design which incorporates plants is being increasingly recognised as superior. GreenAir are proud to have been the interior plantscape design partner in two finalist categories in the 2016 Architecture Now awards for interior design.

Not only do plants have an intrinsic aesthetic appeal in commercial interiors, softening hard edges, connecting disparate spaces or concealing infrastructure. They can also have a large range of practical functions in interior design such as dividing spaces or improving acoustics.

Studies repeatedly show the health benefits of plants in the workplace and to the role they play in improving employee productivity and health of plants in the workplace. They can also be used by businesses to signal their brand’s commitment to employee wellbeing and to the importance of our natural world. Plantscapes can also be used to refresh commercial interiors and incorporate brand colours, through pots and planters or add innovative design elements inside any budget.

At GreenAir we work both with architects and interior design specialists and direct with building owners or tenants to find a commercial plantscape design solution that’s right for the site, brand and client.

To find out more about how plantscapes can benefit your commercial interior design project, please contact us.

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