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Coconut fibre as an alternative growth compound for Living Green Walls

Coconut fibre as an alternative growth compound for Living Green Walls

Salah, Ghofran M. J. A. and Romanova, Anna (2017) Coconut fibre as an alternative growth compound for Living Green Walls. In: The Second Medway Engineering Conference on Systems Efficiency, Sustainability and Modelling, Tuesday, 6th June 2017, University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime ME4 4TB.

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Abstract

Living Green Wall (LGW) is also known as the Vertical Garden that in a way is a selection of plants, enclosed in a substance or a growing medium, distributed along the wall by the use of dedicated enclosure methods and irrigation systems. It is believed that the concept originates from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which has been both a remarkable masterpiece of Engineering and pride to the people of Babylon that dates back to 600 B.C., as described in historic writings. Our days the Living Green Wall is perceived as a nice-to-have luxurious feature that is generally attributed to commercial places and those with daily large numbers of passers-by. So far, there is a scattered knowledge of the benefits the Living Green Wall offers in terms of mitigating the air pollution and noise control as well as providing scope for bio-diversity and thermal insulation, etc. Equally, public sees the Living Green Walls as an aesthetic feature, however is overall demotivated by the installation and maintenance costs of such as it does not come cheap. The concept of LGW is quite a simple structure, however it can use a number of innovative ideas to address further the issues of sustainability and environment. This paper reports on the current use, benefits and costs that are associated with traditional soils and fertilizers used in LGW compared to that of coconut fiber and coir. In addition, this paper will lead the way into sustainable coconut by-product utilization and review of the Supply Chain Management LGW.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Living Green Wall, Coconut fiber, Vertical garden, Soil & fertilizers
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Applied Engineering & Management
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2017 10:33
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17422

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