green walls

Green walls provide multiple benefits when dealing with the vertical space in urban environments, indoor and out.
There are sound ecological reasons to install green walls rather than purely for visual aesthetic reasons. All plants absorb and clean pollutants from the air. Just 50 square feet of vertical garden can consume as much CO2 as a 14’ high tree in a year.

Benefits include:

Reduction of thermal loading to buildings, indoors or outdoors – lower heating and cooling costs, thus lower carbon emissions
Reduction of heat island effect –by deflecting, dispersing and absorbing the sun’s rays green walls lower ambient outside air temperatures
Re-hydration of the small water cycle – plants evapotranspire moisture into the wider environment
Air purification – plants are efficient filters of pollution – especially when used indoors. Research undertaken by NASA proves that plants are capable of cleaning indoor air of toxic chemicals that are common in modern buildings including VOCs,  CO,   TCE,   Benzene,   Toluene,   Xylene,  Formaldehyde
Noise attenuation – quieter buildings and streets
Ecological habitat increased – pollinating insects, songbirds and other wildlife
Positive urban psychology – improve human comfort and relieve stress by elevating foliage and flowers into the field of vision. Less inputs, hydroponic vertical gardens can use minimal water and nutrient input than other systems
Absorb and detain storm water, reducing “first-flush” loads on pumping and treatment systems

[via Design We Need]

If you’re interested in finding out more about green walls from an experienced local Boise resource, we can recommend Willowglenn Landscape. Contact info and a gallery of relevant projects can be found on their website.

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Tom Foerstel

Founder & President

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.


He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.


An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.


One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.