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Green walls for quality air

Green walls for quality air

June 2014


Auckland and Christchurch’s ratings in last month’s new air quality reports made the installation of our green wall on Federal Streetall the more timely.

Read on for:
• A summary of the new air quality findings – and how plants and green walls can help
• The details of our Federal Street green wall – NZ’s largest living wall to date and the first circular installation in the Southern Hemisphere
• An inspirational green wall we love from Spain
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Plants can lift air quality - inside and out


Two new reports into air quality released in May showed issues for Auckland and Christchurch in particular. The World Health Organisation (WHO) report revealed concerning levels of tiny particles in our air, small enough to be inhaled into the deepest parts of our lungs. Meanwhile NIWA and scientists from the University of Auckland and AUT, showednitrogen dioxide levels in Downtown Auckland are nudging recommended maximums.

Studies such as that by Thomas Pugh, Ph.D, have shown plants between city buildings can reduce street-level concentrations of nitrogen dioxide by as much as 40% and particulates by up to 60%.

Similarly, office plants can reduceindoor air pollution, a problem the Environmental Protection Agency cites as a top 5 environmental threat in the US. GreenAir clients including Les Mills and Orion Health have used office plants to help create healthier workplacesand increase staff productivity.


130sq m, 3,500 plants & columns

NZ's largest green wall yet - Federal Street


We’ve just finished installing what we think is the largest green wall yet in New Zealand – and the Southern Hemisphere’s first ever circular green walls. The 130 square metre green wall is a key part of the transformation of Federal Street, Auckland into an attractive shared space. It took 18 month’s work and 3,500 plants.

GreenAir was commissioned to undertake the design, build, installation and maintenance of the green wall by Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and Sky City. We are proud to have worked in collaboration with our Australian partner Fytogreen, and with project landscape architects Boffa Miskell. Read the full Federal Street green wall case study.

"The Federal Street green walls by Green Air incorporate ecological and biodiversity principles and enhance the city’s environmental sustainability. They also give city workers and visitors something unique – the experience of our native forests where you’d least expect them – right in the heart of the city centre."
Ludo Campbell-Reid, Design Champion, Auckland Council.

I was interviewed about the green wall on Federal Street by TV1 Breakfast on 30th May 2014 and the green wall featured in the NZ Herald on 4th June.

Read the full Federal Street green wall case study or contact us about your potential living wall.


Four and half times bigger

Caixa Forum art gallery, Madrid


As I said in the TV1 Breakfast interview, while 130sq m may make Federal Street the largest green wall yet in NZ, it’s dwarfed by green walls overseas.

This 600 sq m beauty covers the side of the Caixa Forum art gallery in Madrid. It was designed and created by Patrick Blanc in 2007 and features over 15,000 plantings.

I’m excited GreenAir is bringing this kind of creative and technical expertise to our very own cities.
To talk about vitality from green walls, inside and out, call us on 0800 725 648 or email info@greenair.co.nz today.


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