Living Architecture: More than meets the eye

GreenScaped Buildings designed and installed this living wall for The Irvine Company, an excellent example of "Nature In The Space."

There are so many benefits of living walls and green roofs, but you don’t have to take our word for it.

The Summer 2014 issue of Living Architecture Monitor magazine features businesses which have recently installed living architecture discussing the improvements in the health and well-being of employees, as well as a positive side effect: increased property values.

GreenScaped Buildings designed and installed this living wall for The Irvine Company, featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Living Architecture Monitor magazine.

GreenScaped Buildings designed and installed this living wall for The Irvine Company, featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Living Architecture Monitor magazine.

GreenScaped Buildings client Irvine Company Office Properties is included in the article, “How Green Roofs & Walls Have Impacted Building Occupants’ Well-Being,” Irvine Company manager Sherry Mashadian explains, “The living wall is definitely one of the greater features to the building and added value to the project. The visitors and guests are always admiring the living wall. It’s also a tour stop for our leasing team. The living wall is definitely an amenity for the tenants and visitors of the property.”

Why are these clients so pleased with their living architecture? Plants have far more to offer than meets the eye. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, living architecture has many health benefits.

Dr. Roger S. Ulrich, Ph.D, Professor of Architecture at Texas A&M University and a faculty fellow of the Center for Health Systems & Design, has done extensive research on the benefits of indoor plants. His studies show that stress is reduced by simply viewing nature, and that blood pressure, heart activity, muscle tension and brain activity could all be improved by viewing plants for as little as three to five minutes. Imagine what having living architecture in your business could do for your employees!

Plants create healthy places to work and live, like at Parkloft in San Diego.

Plants create healthy places to work and live, like at Parkloft in San Diego.

In addition to the impressive health benefits of plants, businesses benefit financially as well. An apartment building in Boston generates an additional $120,000 in annual revenue through increased rent prices for units that overlook a newly installed green roof.  As the article states, “J.P Morgan Asset Management estimates the green roof has improved the value of the property by $2.4 million.” We call that green in more ways than one.

Over and over, we’ve seen firsthand at Good Earth Plant Company that green roofs and living walls have multiple benefits for both the company and its employees. To read the full article about these clients’ experiences with living architecture click this link to the full story in Living Architecture Monitor.