Considerations for Green Wall and Green Facade System Selection


The first important step for evaluating green wall systems is to understand the differences in the types and definitions. There are basically two primary distinctions: green facades and living walls. The facade systems are trellis-like in nature and consist of component parts designed to remain stable as the living system of plants populate the structure over decades.

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Building Quieter: Achieving the fine line between aesthetics and acoustics in wall and ceiling specifications

1 Overall View

Design/construction teams are constantly balancing the desire for a high-quality look and feel with adherence to acoustical requirements and project budgets. This is especially true when it comes to wall and ceiling choices. Whether selecting from basic wall and ceiling panels or custom woodwork, noise is a primary consideration—no matter how it looks, it has to perform.

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Creating a collaborative workspace without breaking the peace

Meeting Room

The rise of the cubicle in the 1960s and ’70s began from a desire for private workspaces. They became so popular that offices used to look like cubicle farms, until these row-upon-row ‘bullpens’ began to draw criticism for their appearance and their limitations on peer interaction and collaboration. Over time, the walls came down and cubicles were abandoned to make workplaces more open and friendly.

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Specifying acoustical ceilings in green buildings


Until now, acoustics in commercial office buildings had not been a formal part of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems except on a case-by-case basis. The new LEED v4 criteria, however, now takes into account the value of good acoustics in enhancing occupant satisfaction and productivity.

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