Biophilic design can have positive environmental impacts in a number of ways. From decreasing our water usage to damping the effect of pollution – there are many ways biophilic design can positively impact our environment.
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New to planting? You might be wondering, what is biophilic design?
Biophilic design is an approach to both architecture and interior design that incorporates natural elements, patterns, and processes into the built environment. Biophilic design enhances the well-being and productivity of the people who use spaces where plants are installed thanks to clever design and the natural healing power of plants.
Plantscape design can include features such as natural light, indoor plants, water features, and views of nature, as well as materials and design elements that evoke natural patterns and textures.
The goal of biophilic design is to create spaces that promote human health and well-being by connecting people to nature and the natural world.
How does biophilic design impact nature?
But how does this design impact the natural world? The good news is, the answer is very positive.
1. Reduce your energy consumption with biophilic design
Biophilic design can incorporate features such as natural lighting, ventilation, and shading, which can reduce the need for artificial lighting, heating, and cooling, and thus decrease energy consumption.
We have spoken about this in our ‘Top 5 reasons to opt for a living wall’ blog post before. Now is the time to invest in something that’s beautiful, practical and lessens your environmental impact.
2. Improved air quality through interior planting
Incorporating plants into indoor spaces can help to improve air quality by removing pollutants and increasing oxygen levels.
Plants possess remarkable acoustic properties that can effectively absorb noise, particularly when they are arranged in clusters. However, the density of a living wall makes it even more efficient in reducing noise levels. Acting as a natural sound barrier, a green wall can effectively muffle sounds in expansive areas such as extensive corridors, open-plan offices, and large building stairways.
Because of their expanded surface area and the addition of leafy plants, living walls are the top choice for noise reduction, resulting in a more comfortable and pleasant living and working environment for people.
3. Living walls can help with water conservation
Planting design can incorporate water-saving features such as rainwater harvesting, green roofs, and permeable paving, reducing water usage and improving water quality.
4. Biophilic design and habitat creation
Incorporating natural elements into the built environment can provide habitats for wildlife, promoting biodiversity in urban areas. Think of places for protected birds to find shelter or even a bee hotel. Your biophilic haven could be a safe haven for wildlife.
5. Reduce waste heading to landfill
Biophilic design can incorporate sustainable materials and design strategies that minimise waste and promote recycling and reuse. From reclaimed timber to old bricks and disused objects – biophilic installations offer a second use for many materials which further reduces their environmental impact.
For example, many materials which would otherwise end up in landfill can be used to create something beautiful and sustainable (and beautiful).
Plus, not only is it environmentally friendly, but biophilic design also has many benefits for us humans, too. Exposure to natural elements, such as plants, sunlight, and water, has been shown to reduce stress levels, improve mood, and promote overall well-being.
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