Will Installing Window Film Kill Indoor House Plants?

Like other common misconceptions about window film, many people think it’s harmful to house plants. But that’s not the case. Just as window film can help conserve energy, it can also help your house plants.

A Green Thumbs Up: How Window Film Helps House Plants Flourish

A Green Thumbs UpSolar control window film only blocks UV rays – not the red and blue rays that your plants need to grow and flower. And some plants will actually do better with window film, such as those that require less light (which are typically plants that have adark green color). Delicate plants will also do better with window film because it provides a more stable temperature. So, for example, if you live in a hot climate during the summer, areas near sunny windows can get very hot and be harmful to delicate plants. Or even in normal circumstances, do you have certain plants that always seem to dry out or wilt on sunny days? Window film will help your plants retain moisture better. Just remember that all plants – especially fussy ones – need time to adjust to a new environment, so if you see wilting or color loss after installing window film, don’t panic. These issues should disappear after a few days.

Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Control Window Film & House Plants

Will window film kill my house plants?

In many cases, where house plants are already receiving adequate light, adding window film to your home should not harm them. It may take the plants a few days to adjust to the new lighting conditions, in which case new plant growth and flowering may be impacted slightly.


For plants that typically wilt before the end of a sunny day, you may notice that they actually thrive even better once the window film is installed.


If you’re concerned that adding window film to your home will damage your indoor plants, consider moving the plant to an area of your home with less sunlight for a few days and see how the plant responds. Additionally, most nurseries or local agricultural agencies can provide advice on the amount of light a particular plant should be exposed to.

What types of plants need more light than others?

Typically, plants that are lighter in color (variegated plants) need more light than darker green plants as darker plants have higher concentrations of chlorophyll which makes them better able to use the available light for photosynthesis.


What kind of light do plants need to grow?

Contrary to popular belief, plants do not actually need UV light in order to grow. Plants require only blue and red light (which are not a part of the UV color spectrum). Blue light is responsible for encouraging chlorophyll production which helps the plants create strong and healthy stems and leaves. Red light helps during the early stages of a plant’s life by assisting with seed germination, bulb development and root growth and is also responsible for helping a plant flower and/or produce fruit.


Does solar control window film block natural light?

Solar control window film is designed specifically to block harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays while still allowing natural light into your home. There are many styles and colors to choose from to achieve the perfect balance between natural light and UV protection in your home.


To find the perfect window film for your home, check out our Residential Window Film Selector tool and choose the qualities that are most important to you.


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Other Benefits of Window Film for Your Home

Other Benefits of Window FilmBy rejecting the sun’s solar energy, window film offers the following benefits for your home:



  • Improved Home Comfort & Heat Control: Installing window film on your home can help create a more comfortable environment by reducing the temperature in your home.
  • Reduced Energy Costs: By reducing the heat in the summer and reflecting light to keep your home warmer in the winter, you can conserve energy and reduce your air conditioning and heating bills throughout the year.
  • Furniture & Furnishing Fade Protection: Reduced exposure to the sun can improve the longevity of your furniture, carpets, woodwork and other interior furnishings by offering significant fade protection.
  • Enhanced Skin Protection: By blocking up to 99% of harmful UV rays that can lead to premature aging of the skin and skin cancer, solar control window film helps protect your skin.
  • Increased Visibility: Window film also helps reduce glare to improve the visibility of your devices such as computers and TV screens.

As you can see, window film offers many benefits which make your home more comfortable and inviting, allowing you to enjoy the outdoor views without all of the negative consequences.


Find a Professional Window Film Installer Near You

If you’re interested in enjoying the many benefits of window film, from protecting your plants to lowering your energy bills, we invite you to find a dealer of Madico’s premium line of architectural window film, Sunscape.

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Recycling at Home Saves Energy for Everyone

It’s something we hear all the time. Our natural resources such as coal, oil and metals are dwindling, and the depletion of these resources destroys natural habitats. Despite the fact that many cities offer recycling programs to help combat this concern, people often feel recycling at home is more trouble than it’s worth. If you need a little more incentive to get into the habit, think about the fact that recycling also saves energy.

 

 

Recycling Benefits

 

Recycling BenefitsWalk around any store, and you are looking at products that took energy to produce them, particularly plastic and metal items. By using recycled materials, companies need less energy for production than making an item from scratch. Refining metal is a lengthy and expensive process and requires unbelievable amounts of water and petroleum.

 

According to the EPA, using recycled aluminum only uses 5% of the energy and emissions that are needed to extract new aluminum. Even with the energy used to collect, process, and transport recycled materials, making products from them takes less energy because the materials have already undergone the inefficient initial processing. That’s simplifying a complicated scenario, but consider these recycling examples provided by the EPA and state energy agencies:

 

  • Recycling 10 aluminum cans saves enough energy to power almost 52 hours of a laptop.
  • Even recycling just ONE aluminum can saves enough energy to watch television for 3 hours.
  • Recycling 1 plastic bottle a day for a month saves enough energy to power nearly 300 hours of a 60W CFL lightbulb.
  • Recycling paper cuts energy usage in half. (America’s daily use of computer paper could go around the world 40 times!)
  • Recycling a ton of glass saves the equivalent of nine gallons of fuel oil.
  • Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year. The next time you buy new electronics such as computers and cell phones, think of turning the old ones in to an electronics store for recycling.

 

 

Recycling at Home

 

Recycling at HomeSo what can you do to recycle at home? Start small, and think of how you can reduce the need to purchase new products. Reduce food waste by eating the food you have already and reusing jars and containers instead of buying more. Purchase food products in concentrate or bulk to reduce packaging waste, and look for products that are made with recycled materials. Instead of buying products like paper towels or dust wipes, reuse rags or old socks for cleaning.

 

Check out the EPA’s Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle website for more home recycling tips. Or, take the next step and start recycling items that you would normally dump in the trash. To search for recycling locations near you, log onto RecyclerFinder.com.

   

How Window Film Enhances and Protects Homes

You already know about the extensive benefits that Sunscape window films by Madico offer to homeowners including decreasing heat, reducing fading and health risks, and unprecedented energy savings. But many homeowners don’t realize that window film is a powerful and cost-effective alternative to enhancing the natural aesthetics of their home.

 

It’s worth explaining to potential customers that because their home is a personal space that they share with the people closest to them, it’s worth investing in window film not only to capture those potential health and energy savings benefits, but also to take advantage of the problem-solving, decorative potential of window film.

 

In the projects seen here, real Sunscape dealers have used Madico window films to solve real-world problems, and enhance the natural beauty of homes and businesses by applying our products to unique challenges.

 

 

Reduce glare and improve appearance

 

In addition to helping your customers live in greater comfort and safety, window film can most immediately cut glare. Over time, glare from the sun can cause eyestrain and ruin the natural qualities of light in a home. By blocking up to 99 percent of UV rays, window film can cut reflective glare by huge margins at home or in the office.

 

Naturally, window films by Madico can also enhance the appearance of a home. Using real-world examples where your company or other Sunscape dealers have augmented or upgraded the look of a home can be a powerful tool, especially when used in concert with the Sunscape Sales Meter Kit. This helps demonstrate to customers not only the health and wellness benefits of window film, but also that you understand the look and feel that the customer is seeking in their window film application.

 

 

Aesthetic and protective strategies

 

It’s also easy to demonstrate the fundamental value of a window film application. Whether they are using window film to hide clutter or refresh the style of a room, give life to old furniture styles or adding privacy with filtered light, window film can be an integral part of an overall aesthetic strategy.

 

You can see in these larger estate-style homes, window film is being used not only to conserve energy and block UV rays but also to focus attention on carefully composed views of landscaped grounds throughout the structures. Clients like these spend millions of dollars on custom construction, furniture, landscaping, and maintenance, so it’s a no-brainer for them to protect these valuable investments with window film.

 

Conversely, not every edifice benefits from spectacular views. Particularly in office buildings and the hospitality industry, window film can be used to block less desirable outdoor scenery and focus attention on the interior space of the building while cutting glare and potentially creating a division of space and/or privacy needed without blocking light. This works particularly well in open concept designs in both homes and offices.

 

 

A product for every need

 

Always remember that different applications are well suited to individual products. Our standard Duralite and Softlite are perfect for creating a neutral appearance, where Purelite tends to generate a soft light effect. Designer Grey is well-suited to panoramic windows where homeowners want to have a clear, crisp view, while homeowners with skylights may be interested in Solar Safety film.

 

Whichever Sunscape film you choose to employ, knowing its features and being able to express them uniquely to customers can be a real boost to your business. Finally, remember that you can always share your great window film projects on our private Facebook Group, as well as your company’s website.

   

4 Wacky Ways to Save Energy

There are obvious ways to save energy on bills, such as installing a programmable thermostat or properly insulating your home from top to bottom. Then there’s alternative energy, like solar panels on your roof. Beyond that is a world of off-the-wall, out-of-the-box energy-saving ideas, which you may find surprisingly useful.

 

 

Pedal for Power

 

Pedal for PowerPedal-A-Watt is a bike stand that turns human power into energy watts. A well-conditioned cyclist could generate up to 400 watts, which is enough to power small household appliances. Pedal-A-Watt says a quick, 20-minute ride could power your laptop for over an hour.

 

 

Put Plants on Your Roof

 

Put Plants on Your RoofThis refers to a vegetative layer grown on top of your home, also known as “green roofs.” Depending on the structure and surface area you’re working with, this could mean a two-inch covering or a flourishing park with trees. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a conventional rooftop can get up to 90°F warmer than the air temperature. Green roofs, on the other hand, absorb heat, cooling the surface to below that of the surrounding air temperature. This natural insulator means you’ll be less reliant on traditional heating and cooling systems, helping you save on energy bills.

 

 

Outfit Your Outlets

 

Outfit Your OutletsYou’ve insulated your attic, basement and walls, but have you thought to clothe your outlets? What about your light switch panels? Well, it’s an option – and maybe a good idea. Covering these small, easily forgotten spots can help reduce drafts in your home. To create an airtight seal, you’ll need a pre-cut foam gasket that fits snuggly behind the outlet or switch plate. Look for a UL (Underwriters Laboratories) listed foam, which means it’s been tested for flammability and approved for application.

 

 

Text to Turn on the Lights

 

Text to Turn on the LightsA 2012 study revealed American smartphone users ages 18 to 24 sent an average of 2,022 text messages per month. With that in mind, an innovator named Alexander Parker created a concept dubbed Push to Charge technology, which is based on piezoelectricity. Piezoelectricity is the electrical charge created by applied mechanical stress, or putting pressure on something. Parker’s idea is to utilize the effort of tapping buttons on a cell phone to generate watts. In theory, each button would create 0.5 watts every time it’s pressed. Doing the math, that means an average of 0.115 kW would be created each day, while most cell phone batteries require only about 0.012 kW a day to hold a charge. This same technology could be applied to keyboards to power a laptop that uses 15 to 45 watts per hour. Parker says his design uses all metal, so it’s recyclable, reusable and more efficient than using wall outlets as a source of energy. Though Push to Charge has yet to come to life in full form, piezoelectricity as a whole is still largely being studied for its potential applications.

 

Even if these unique – and somewhat quirky – concepts aren’t realistic for your home, hopefully they’ve inspired you to think beyond basic energy-saving tactics for the most money-saving benefit.

   

Ever Wonder How Dams Save You Energy?

We in America love our dams. They are symbols of American ingenuity. The water churning through the energy-producing turbines of the massive Hoover Dam is a symbol of what the country can accomplish when it puts its mind to a task. There are some 80,000 dams in the United States, and each provides hydropower to a nearby community.

 

Or so you’d think.

 

 

Untapped Potential

 

Untapped-potentialAs a matter of fact, very few dams are used to harness the energy-saving potential of water. Not even three percent of the nation’s dams produce power. Why? Dams, as we currently imagine them, are actually quite bulky, inefficient power-saving structures. So why are we talking about the potential of American hydropower if dams are an outdated clean energy source?

 

I’m glad I asked.

 

“Reviving hydropower does not mean recreating the hulking masses of concrete that defined mid-20th-century power development,” Brett Walton of Circle of Blue writes. “The prime spots are already plugged, and big new dams no longer fit the time . . . The alternative model is to make better use of infrastructure already in the ground.”

 

 

The 21st-Century Dam

 

The-21st-century-damLet’s find out what that alternative model looks like. If we lack imagination, it could be costly. As Walton writes, many 20th century dams are problematic: they clog our waterways, disrupting delicate ecosystems and sterilize our watersheds. But if we make minor repairs and additions to existing infrastructure, we could easily utilize the power of our nation’s rivers.

 

For example, adding a power turbine to an existing dam, although not perfectly ecologically sound, is much less destructive to the environment than erecting an entirely new dam. Structures called “pump storage” dams, which use excess energy to pump water from a low-elevation reservoir to a high-elevation one, are already clean energy success stories in European countries. And tearing down old, non-energy supplying dams could revitalize neglected ecosystems and chart a course for the new century’s dam decision-making process.

 

We haven’t figured out hydropower. But if we take a good hard look at the problem and choose our dam sites wisely, there’s no reason dams shouldn’t be a part of this century’s clean energy revolution.

   

How Glass and Window Film Work Together to Save You Energy

It has long been a well known fact that window film can help anyone cut down on energy costs. In 2013, the Department of Energy wrote that “there are a variety of options for consumers who are looking to improve the energy efficiency of their existing windows” before highlighting window film as one of those wonderful options. But simply purchasing window film is not enough. If you really want to get the most out of your energy-saving window film, you’ve got to make sure your film and your windows are working together.

 

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Windows and Window Film: An Energy Saver’s Best Friend

As the old saying goes, windows are the windows into your energy-saving soul. (Editor’s note: this is not a saying, and it’s honestly barely a sentence. But just go with it.) If your windows don’t fit perfectly on your house, you’re going to see that reflected in your unnecessarily-high energy bill. Although top-notch window film will mitigate the energy-wasting effects of leaky windows, if you want to get the most out of your film, you’ve got to make sure your windows are shored up.

 

If you’re tight on cash, inexpensive window treatments like caulking or weatherstripping could be viable short-term solutions for your home. Energy saving is all about getting the best bang for your buck. Don’t let your air conditioning or heat escape from your home, along with your hard-earned money. Once your windows are secure, they’re ready for film.

 

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Let the Big Savings Begin

 

Installing window film can be incredibly tricky. Fortunately, professionals are available to provide you with hassle-free installation. Just be sure to communicate with them about what exactly you want done. Before the installer comes to your home, there are several things you should do to prepare your home.

 

First, remove all blinds, curtains or drapes from the windows receiving film. Remove any picture frames or knick-knacks from windowsills and surrounding areas as well. Any furniture that would hinder access to your windows should be moved. Then, on the day of your install, try and keep all doors and windows closed to minimize dust and airborne contamination. Your installer will probably turn the heat or AC off when he arrives, but you needn’t suffer. Keep the thermostat set at your comfort level until he or she arrives.

 

The beautiful, complex, challenging mystery of window film is that every energy saver has different needs. Make sure you know what yours are, and you will get your windows working with your window film to save you energy like the energy-saving pro you are.

   

Three Lessons We Can Learn From One Couple’s Quest to Make a Zero Net Energy Home

When Dan and Christine Fisher of Tampa built their South Tampa home more than 20 years ago, they knew they wanted it to one day be a zero net energy home. But they weren’t sure quite how to transform their home into one that produces an equal or greater amount of energy than it consumes. Twenty years later, after a series of trial and error upgrades and improvements, they’ve accomplished their goal. Here’s what we can learn from their quest to turn their 3,000 square foot home into a zero net energy dwelling.

 

 

1. A home any size can be a zero net energy home

 

A-home-any-size-can-be-a-zero-net-energy-homeAccording to 2010 U.S. Census data, the median square footage of an American home is just over 2100 square feet. The Fishers’ home is 42 percent bigger than that; it’s not exactly the type of floor plan one thinks when they think “energy efficient.” Many homes that are marketed for their energy savings are significantly smaller than even the average American floor plan. This makes sense logically: it’s easier to keep a small space warmer or colder than the outside environment.

 

But the Fishers’ journey shows us that size is not everything when it comes to energy efficiency. Their energy-saving measures—including the application of Madico’s Exterior 20 window film to all of their windows—brought their energy bills down a staggering 97 percent. You can accomplish this in your home, too, if you have enough patience, persistence, and know-how.

 

 

2. You don’t have to compromise

 

You-dont-have-to-compromiseThe Fishers knew that Florida’s tumultuous summer weather could pose a threat to their goal of a zero net energy home. A zero net energy home is all well and good, but it doesn’t count for much if a hurricane blows the roof off. Luckily, they invested in the kind of improvements that allowed for both a sturdy, hurricane-resistant structure and energy-saving goodness. When you’re considering energy-saving upgrades to your home, it’s important to remember that you can have it all.

 

 

3. Details matter

 

Details-matterWindow film might not be at the forefront of your mind when contemplating energy-saving upgrades to your home. But even small improvements matter a great deal in the long-term game of energy savings. The Fishers’ Madico Exterior 20 window film brought down their energy bill by four percent all by itself. If you’re smart like the Fishers and invest in a series of small but noticeable upgrades, you too can achieve the dream of owning a zero net energy home.

   

Four Reasons to Use a Light Straw Clay Wall System

Not all wall systems are created equal. Of course, all wall systems are meant to protect the interior of your home from exterior degradation—from moisture, oxygen, or even—in extreme cases—fire. But they also act as support for your home’s insulation. The more energy your walls can absorb the less money you will need to spend on energy to control your home’s temperature. Therefore, the better your wall system is, the more energy you can save. Wall systems are an oft-overlooked facet of a home’s construction, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take them seriously.

 

We’ll even do some of the work for you! Here are four reasons to use a light straw clay (LSC) wall system.

 

 

1. Light straw clay wall systems are highly malleable. You can easily replace your current wall system with one

 

This might be the most compelling reason to consider a LSC wall system. Because it is not load bearing in nature, a LSC wall system can fill out the skeleton of almost any home. As our friends from Green Builder Media write, LSC wall systems work if you want to build within an existing wall system or if you want to build from scratch. They work with exterior walls and they work with interior walls—even if the exterior walls of your home are made of a different material. The LSC wall system offers so much flexibility, it’s right for almost any homeowner.

 

 

2. LSC wall systems are great for an energy-conscious urban home

 

The lightweight nature of an LSC wall system makes it a great candidate for property owners who want to make the most out of a small space. Because most LSC wall systems are no thicker than a foot, if you want to create a series of thin walls that still pack an insulation punch, an LSC wall system might be your answer. Space is precious in the city! Don’t waste it on a bulky wall system.

 

 

3. Installation is easy

 

LSC wall systems are not the only class of what are known as “natural” wall systems. But as Green Builder notes, “One of the advantages light straw clay has over cob and adobe and other natural wall systems is that it slumps and sags very little while being installed, allowing an entire wall cavity to be filled in one work session.” When it comes to major home construction, light straw clay systems are about as pain free as it gets.

 

 

4. A light straw clay wall system is not easily flammable

 

That’s always a good thing when it comes to the stuff your house is made of, right?

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Here are our Top Five Energy-Saving Products for Renters

Not everyone has the ability to make the kind of substantial energy-saving upgrades that a homeowner can make. For example, it makes sense for someone who plans to live in a home indefinitely to invest in the home’s long-term energy cost. A $5000 investment that cuts an energy bill by $100 dollars per month for the next 10 years will result in a savings of more than double the initial investment.

 

But there are products tailored less for homeowners and more for people who simply want to update their living area. Here are five of our favorite energy-saving products for renters.

 

5. Belkin Wemo® Insight Smart Plug

 

Belkin-Wemo-Insight-Smart-PlugWe’ll do these in reverse order. This story should sound familiar to renters everywhere. You’re out of the house and you suddenly feel a sense of dread. You’ve left the hot plate on. Or, so you think. But there’s nothing you can do about it except leave wherever you are, go home, and check.

 

Not if you have an insight smart plugYou can turn off the outlet using your smartphone with nothing more than a flick of your thumb, save energy, and rest easier.

 

 

4. Florida Eco Products Waterpebble

 

Florida-Eco-Products-WaterpebbleEver get in the shower determined to duck in and out, using as little water as possible—only to hang around for minutes longer than necessary just because the gentle caress of the water is so lovely? I think all of us have probably had this experience.

 

The waterpebble helps us fight this impulse by tracking our water usage and actually telling us that it is time to save energy by leaving the shower, using a red-yellow-green light system. Once you see that red light, it’s time to leave.

 

 

3. SimpliSafe

 

This is another great idea for renters especially. You don’t want to invest in a full-out home security service, but you still want peace of mind. Get Simplisafe, an app that tracks movements outside of your home and alerts you to possible danger. You don’t need a system that makes you commit or buy tons of bulky merchandise. Just get a couple of tiny Simplicams, track on the app, and sleep better at night.

 

 

2. simplehuman® Sensor Mirror

 

simplehuman-Sensor-Mirror2This one is for the makeup lovers. You don’t need a makeup mirror that uses tons of incandescent light. The simplehuman sensor mirroruses a combination of natural light and LED to help you save energy and look your best. And it only lights up when you get near it—how cool is that?

 

 

1. Delta Breez Integrity Fan with Bluetooth Speaker

 

Delta-Breez-Integrity-Fan-with-Bluetooth-SpeakerThis one happens to be our favorite because it even entertains us while saving us energy. The fan gets your house bumpin’ with tunes you love while ventilating a room, leaving your energy bill in the basement. Give one a try today!

   

These Wild New Skyscrapers Are Building Forests in the Sky

We were just getting used to green roofs—those fascinating combinations of garden and architecture. But now two architects working at opposite ends of the globe are planning even more incredible feats by designing farms and forests designed to live on the face of a skyscraper.

 

One of the most dramatic of these new urbanized farm projects is the Urban Skyfarm currently under design by Brooklyn-based Aprilli Design Studio for a site in Seoul, South Korea. This prototype building project uses four major tree-based components—the “root,” “trunk,” “branch,” and “leaves” —to house more than 24 acres of space for growing fruit trees, tomatoes, and other sustainable vegetation. The trunk of the tree is intended to contain an indoor hydroponic farm for greens, while the root portion provides a wide environmentally controlled space for market places and public activities.

 

 

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Meanwhile, turbines at the top of the tower provide enough energy to power the whole operation in a net-zero environment. The design also can capture rainwater and filter it through an artificial wetland before returning fresh water to the nearby Cheonggyecheon stream. Architects Steve Lee and See Yoon Park say the structure could support hundreds of environmental functions and serve as a model for how buildings are designed, constructed, and utilized in the future.

 

“Our version of the vertical farm was intended to become an independent, open-to-air structure which would be purely focusing on farming activities and sustainable functions such as generating renewable energy and performing air and water filtration,” the architects told Fast Company.

 

“With the support of hydroponic farming technology, the space could efficiently host more than 5,000 fruit trees. Vertical farming is more than an issue of economical feasibility, since it can provide more trees than average urban parks, helping resolve urban environmental issues such as air pollution, water run-off, and heat island effects, and bringing back balance to the urban ecology.”

 

Environmentally, the Urban Skyfarm acts as a living machine by producing renewable energy and lending the building improved air quality while reducing heat accumulation, storm water runoff, and carbon dioxide.

 

Mimicking the biological structure of a tree lends the design many structural and environmental advantages by creating a lightweight but efficient space to host different farming activities. Its designers also attest that the form creates a strong iconic image and represents a symbol of well-being and sustainable development.

 

 

Meanwhile, Back in Milan, Italy . . .

 

On the other side of the world, a wildly innovative Italian architect is plotting to apply greenery to the world’s most innovative buildings, including an already constructed project in Milan that has been named one of the the best tall buildings in the world.

 

The designer and architect is Stefano Boeri, and the dual skyscraper project in Milan is Bosco Verticale. His 256-foot and 344-foot towers are swaddled in more than 700 trees and 100 species of plants. In total, there are around 21,000 plants on the two towers, equivalent to five acres of forest spread over 1,300 square meters. It even has its own natural ecosystem with more than 20 species of birds nesting between the two towers.

 

 

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The design really is “green” in more than color only. The massive amounts of plant life help reduce smog and carbon dioxide, dampen noise levels, boost oxygen, and regulate heat and cold within the twin towers. Inside, a sophisticated irrigation system redirects used water back onto the forested “porches” to sustain the plant life.

 

Boeri calls the concept the “Vertical Forest” design, a concept that won the firm, Stefano Boeri Architetti, second place in last year’s Emporis Skyscraper Award, beating out more than 120 competitors including One World Trade Center in New York City and Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower in Abu Dhabi.

 

“It is a model for vertical densification of nature within the city,” Boeri says. “Vertical Forest increases biodiversity, so it becomes both a magnet for and a symbol of the spontaneous re-colonization of the city by vegetation and animal life.”

 

Meanwhile, Around the World . . .

 

 

Milan’s Bosco Verticale is far from Boeri’s singular vision, and is just one of a host of projects around the world that are using urbanized vegetation to make life better for the people who live and work in these buildings.

 

Boeri has already unveiled plans for two Vertical Forests in Nanjing, China, as well as “Liuzhou Forest City” in China, the Wonderwoods residential apartment project in the Netherlands, and the sprawling Guizhou Mountain Forest Hotel in Southern China. He also recently announced a 36-story tower in Lausanne, Switzerland, where “Tower of Cedars” will feature more than 18,000 plants and 100 trees.

 

 

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“It’s something I’d been thinking about for a long time,” Boeri said recently. “I’ve always been fascinated by trees and architecture. In Lucca, Italy, there’s a 14th-century tower that has trees at the top. So I started to imagine how trees could become the main protagonist on a building’s facade.”

 

Boeri isn’t the only one thinking about how to build forests and gardens in the sky. His innovative, arboreal designs are inspiring and complementing other greenery-inspired architectural projects around the globe.

 

Rolex’s twisty future Dallas headquarters recently broke ground on its construction, featuring a design by architect Kengo Kuma that was inspired by Japanese castles and features landscaped terraces and a tree-lined rooftop event space.

 

Danish Architects Bjarke Ingels are hard at work in Los Angeles on 670 Mesquit, a 2.6 million-square-foot mixed-use project that features two massive concrete cubes topped with landscaped terraces.

 

Back in Asia, Vo Trang Nghia Architects are building a city complex in Ho Chi Minh City that will feature a 90,000-square-foot project with a communal rooftop garden. They’re also building a tree-lined campus at FPT University that will spread an elevated forest over the 14-square-mile site.

 

One Central Park in Sydney, Australia, hosts more than 190 plant species native to the country and features massive crawling vines that climb the building’s face.

 

Some critics have doubted the scientific veracity of the tree-building concepts, not to mention the aesthetics of simply propping a tree onto a concept drawing, but these innovative designers seem to be using green technology in a manner that is both ethically and tactically responsible.

 

Besides, some people just can’t see the forest through the trees.

 

Photo Credits: Stefano Boeri Architetti, Aprilli Design Studio.