Australia’s first breathing green wall to reduce headaches and poor productivity at Barangaroo offices

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A six-metre high, breathing green wall will provide Lendlease workers with fresh, clean air when they move into their new global headquarters at Barangaroo this year.

Positioned within their offices at new Tower 3 International Towers Sydney, by Rogers Stirk Partnership, the massive breathing wall is an active, modular green wall system, made up of 5,000 plants, which has been scientifically proven to speed up the removal of air pollutants, such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Lendlease claim that the wall will benefit the health and wellbeing of their employees, and there are a string of recent studies that back this up. One two-year study from the Plants and Indoor Environmental Quality Research Group at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in particular, lends to Lendlease’s suggestions that their green wall will aid employee productivity.

According to the study, by reducing the amount of CO2 in the internal office environment, the green wall will provide an environment that is less susceptible to headaches, lethargy and poor productivity among workers. Another regularly quoted study from University of Queensland’s School of Psychology Professor concludes that an office enriched with plants makes staff happier and boosts productivity by 15 per cent.

Not coincidentally, the Lendlease’s green wall is also expected to deliver air energy efficiency and reduced air conditioning costs as it provides a cooling effect to the surrounding air temperature.

What is a breathing green wall?

Produced by Junglefy, a breathing wall is an active, modular green wall system, scientifically proven to accelerate the removal of air pollutants, such as carbon dioxide, particulates and volatile organic compounds faster than any other plant-based system on the market. It also acts as a sound barrier, improving acoustics while cooling the surrounding air temperature, resulting in energy efficiency and reduced air conditioning costs.

The breathing wall is made up of modules composed of linear, low-density polyethylene with infinite recyclability, supplied with a growing medium high in coconut fibre. The system is ventilated via an electric axial impeller, providing a uniform airflow across plants and growing medium. This active ventilation increases the rate of carbon dioxide draw down, and the volume of air that can be filtered and cooled by each module.