Our new technology
Our Technology is centred on the numerous benefits of green infrastructure, particularly its effects on pollution. Green infrastructure is the introduction of vegetation into a built environment with the purpose of improving the experience of the users of that environment. Examples are living walls, trees, green roofs, indoor plants and so on. Differing planting and infrastructure systems show significant reductions in pollution levels in urban environments. These are permanent improvements and need minimal maintenance and no further capital expenditure for decades.
The benefits are interactive and multi-functional. In almost any environment a significant improvement can be made with well-designed planted infrastructure. Biodiversity can be improved and directed. Pollution levels can be reduced. Mental and physical health for the community and individual will be reduced and stress levels decreased. A drop in crime and incidences of violence will be seen in areas where this is an issue. Businesses will see a rise in productivity and attract higher calibre employees. Property values will increase.
This technology can be applied almost anywhere. Indoor planting has been shown to have many benefits in offices and schools. In outdoor urban environments including shopping centres and business parks planted infrastructure has been shown to demonstrate benefits such as thermal insulation, mitigation of particulate pollution and increased biodiversity.
The Institute for Environment, Sustainability and Regeneration at Staffordshire University can provide consultancy and research into all aspects of the implementation and benefits of green infrastructure, including estimates of financial, health and environmental benefits during the planning stage, design of layouts and appropriate plants for a particular application and advice on construction, implementation and maintenance.