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The Biophilic design approach

Jun 29, 2020 Sustainability

Biophilic design is an approach to architecture that seeks to connect building occupants more closely to nature and can create a more productive and healthy built environment, Fytogreen reports on the benefits of incorporating biophilic design into our built environments.

What is Biophilic Design?

Biophilic design is an approach to architecture that seeks to connect building occupants more closely to nature and can create a more productive and healthy built environment. Strategic and mindful design that (re)connects humans with nature does not just improve the habitability of spaces — it transforms them into rejuvenating, inspiring places that support enhanced health, productivity and learning for all.

Biophilic design should be a core strategy for any designer or architect looking to future developments. Fytogreen success and technical know-how provide our clients, architects and designers with a rapid interchange of experience that has developed into a cost-effective, ecologically sustainable solution for greening the built environment.

Benefits of incorporating into our built environments

Green infrastructure improves the quality and livability of urban environments, increasing their adaptability and resilience to climate change. The benefits of green roofs, walls and facades flow to individuals, communities and organisations.

Improved air quality
Green infrastructure results in improved urban air quality due to the increased presence of greenery in cities, which remove pollutants from the air. Green walls can remove up to 40% NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) and 60% PM10 (particles with a diameter of 10 micrometres or less) from the air at street level. They also sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) in plant biomass and substrate.

Improved water quality
Green infrastructure can slow and clean rainwater run-off from buildings, improving water quality and minimising the effect that polluted run-off has on natural waterways.

Biodiversity
Green roofs, walls and facades provide additional space for living organisms to find food and shelter, increasing urban biodiversity.

Thermal and acoustic comfort
Green roofs, walls and facades protect buildings from outside noise, creating healthier and peaceful indoor environments. Green infrastructure also mitigates the “Urban Heat Island” (UHI) effect, which refers to an urban microclimate that is significantly warmer than surrounding areas due to the lack of green cover and the prevalence of hard surfaces that absorb and radiate heat.

Improved health, wellbeing and productivity
The combined effect of the above benefits contributes to improved health and wellbeing for occupants and urban city dwellers. Research has also shown that there are psychological benefits and increased rates of productivity when humans are surrounded by elements from the natural environment.

Bespoke greening solutions by Fytogreen

Fytoreen offers a unique capability to design bespoke greening solutions. Working collaboratively with clients, architects, landscape architects and consultant project teams, the company leverages its extensive technical know how to deliver extensive, sustainable solutions to fit any project vision.

The company also has a dedicated maintenance team and a research division that continuously develops new greening systems to meet the changing demands of the industry. Fytogreen has the widest range of greening solutions on the market, offering multi-dimensional systems that increase the diversity, quantity and density of biophilic design and the industry know-how to create brand new solutions if required.

Discover more about Fytogreen products and green infrastructure.

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