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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Designing Plaza Hardscapes: Considerations from insulation and waterproofing to structural support


Plaza construction typically incorporates various products from different manufacturers intended to provide the thermal resistance, water management, structural capacity, and wearing surface needed to meet a particular project’s requirements. This article discusses the importance of evaluating the strength and stiffness characteristics of a plaza system, particularly when heavy loading is anticipated. Designs that do not properly account for overall system strength and stiffness are vulnerable to damage, potentially resulting in cracking and displacement of the hardscape materials, reduction of drainage capacity, and reduced service life of the plaza.

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