The Greenwall Company recommends the installation of greenwalls to keep the cold at bay this winter. Not only do greenwalls look fabulous but they also offer a cleaner and safer option for home insulation.

Urging Australians to go green this winter by installing a greenwall in their homes, The Greenwall Company says it offers an economical alternative to traditional heaters that not only significantly increase energy and gas bills but are also damaging to the environment.

Mark Paul, Founder of The Greenwall Company and Australian Horticulturist of the Year explains that greenwalls have become really popular over the past couple of years since they look beautiful and function as a living art piece when featured both indoors and outdoors. However, a little known fact about greenwalls is that they are also great for keeping the home warm during winter and cool during summer.

Apart from the visible aesthetic benefits, greenwalls can help reduce both cooling and heating requirements, due to their insulating properties. During winter the living wall acts as an extra layer of insulation, which helps block the cool air from coming in, trapping it within the plant mass and helping minimise heat escape. This keeps the home heated to a comfortable level without needing to turn on any additional heating devices.

Unlike heaters that can sometimes create a stuffy and congested feel with no natural airflow, greenwalls, along with providing insulation, can also act as a natural air filter. The plants in the living façade help metabolise toxins in the air, while releasing oxygen into the air at the same time, but to a far greater scale than the usual potted plants.

The Greenwall Company has also created their own unique automated irrigation system, which is built into each of their installations, drastically reducing the maintenance and care aspects. The wall can be left to grow out and can be maintained a few times a year. Over a 12-month period, a standard panel will only require the equivalent of 4.5 showers worth of water to maintain the wall.

The greenwalls and roof gabions are built from 94 per cent of recyclable materials that would otherwise be destined for Australian landfill.