October 4, 2010

Building afforestation system

Parabienta is a vertical greening system for buildings developed by Japan-based Shimizu Corporation. Composed of units that incorporate Excelsoil solidified soil base in stainless steel wire frames, a lush green wall may be achieved quickly with the installation of the system. Parabienta has been shown to reduce solar heat gain on facades, thus reducing building energy costs. The system mitigates noise transfer as well, especially in the high frequency range.

Parabienta vertical greening units can be arranged to make various designs. Different kinds of plants can be utilized for different colors and textures as well as different performance criteria. In addition, units may easily be relocated or replaced when design or maintenance needs dictate.

Contact: Shimizu Corporation, Tokyo, Japan.

For more information, see Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment

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