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By now green roofs have become a calling card for architects anxious to undertake eco-initiatives (and be seen to undertake eco-initiatives). Natural vegetation can improve insulation and help lower air temperature while soothing stress levels for urbanites overlooking a canopy of concrete.
So it’s little surprise that this commercial innovation is making inroads into the residential market. Not so where that greenery is growing. While a green roof comes with a shopping list of logistical issues (like permits), a wall of the stuff gives some of the same positive vibes without the ever-present fear of leaks. “We’re seeing a 30 percent increase in requests each year, especially each spring,” says Patrick Poiraud of Green Over Grey, a firm that specializes in vertical green landscapes.
All you need for the wall version is a water source, drain, and plug-and some vision. To help with the latter, you can enroll this fall in BCIT’s new Living Wall course, the first in Canada