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More Than Good Looks: How Outdoor Living Walls Can Actually Protect Your Building


From extreme hurricanes to daily sun exposure, weather can do some serious damage to our homes and businesses. And, until about 10 years ago, it was believed that plants growing on the side of a building was similarly harmful to its structure.


However, studies conducted at the University of Oxford in England found that ivy growing on their building walls actually protected them by acting as a thermal shield from extreme temperatures. Instead of promoting more cracking in the walls of these historic structures, the ivy actually prevented cracks from forming in the first place.


Like the University of Oxford’s ivy plants, outdoor living walls not only look beautiful — they protect your buildings, too.


Living greenery on buildings is a natural insulator with so many benefits.


Here’s some proof:


The same Oxford study found that ivory-covered walls increased the wall temperature by about of 15 percent in cold weather and reduced the surface temperature in hot weather by an average of 36 percent. Further, the plants absorbed harmful pollutants in the atmosphere, creating better air quality.


Other studies of outdoor vegetation in urban environments indicate that plants and foliage growing on the outside of buildings — also known as living walls or vertical gardens — help to increase shade, so there’s less of a need to run indoor air conditioning, reducing energy costs.


The greenery also helps to reduce runoff from rainwater and outdoor living walls contribute to better water quality since the vegetation absorbs and filters rainwater.


Outdoor living walls insulate buildings from sound, too, and provide an aesthetically pleasing design for everyone to enjoy.



You don’t have to wait for ivy to grow on your office building or retail space to reap the benefits of outdoor living walls.


Sagegreenlife Living Walls makes it possible to enjoy the many benefits that come from outdoor greenery, without the waiting for ivy to grow — and in a much more controlled system.


With our patented Biotiles™, Sagegreenlife Living Walls are modular, scalable and flexible to accomodate spaces both large and small.


We make it possible to cover the entire side of a building with plants that are sustainable in nearly all types of weather. Our master horticulturists work with nurseries in your area to select a variety of plants that can survive the heat, cold, rain or other weather conditions typical of your climate.


Sagegreenlife Living Walls are sustainable, low-maintenance and technologically advanced.


Your outdoor living wall is installed already growing and vibrant, with a unique soil-less system that promotes a 95% plant survival rate.


Sagegreenlife Living Walls are lower maintenance than soil-based systems, too, so your new living wall doesn’t add extra work to your busy schedule.


Our self-irrigation technology distributes the perfect amount of water throughout your living wall that’s highly adaptable to challenging outdoor environments. Improve air quality, save energy, increase your property value and add a host of aesthetic benefits to your space for an overall happier, healthier environment. We can even incorporate company logos or signage into your exterior living wall for maximum branding impact.


If you’ve been looking for a unique, environmentally friendly exterior design that will make your business stand out, while simultaneously offering health and aesthetic benefits, Sagegreenlife Living Walls are an ideal solution. Our walls are the perfect blend of design and a healthier environment all in one — with the added feature of protecting your building from the elements year after year.


To learn more about adding a one-of-a-kind outdoor living wall to your home, office or retail space, contact the experts at Sagegreenlife. We look forward to working with you on your next project.

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