5 Integrated Vegetation Design Considerations

By PowerHouse Growers | Lists, Urban Design

Building Integrated Vegetation is a sustainable design practice that’s becoming more prolific as green construction and development grow in demand. Common styles of Building Integrated Vegetation include green roofs – both intensive and extensive – living walls, and indoor vertical hydroponic gardens.

To get the most benefit out of the integrated vegetation projects, it’s important to know to full cope of possibilities that can make these practices more sustainable and comprehensive. These considerations will also help the developer select the best style of integrated vegetation for the particular building.

Plant Species
Select the right species of plant for the climate conditions. Evergreen vines are a natural insulator and reduce windchill. This makes them a great option for Northern areas.

Return on Investment
Alternative green solutions are often very expensive, for example, solar panels and energy efficient appliances. But did you know that typically green roofs can cost anywhere between $10-25 per square foot and because of that it makes it far more cost efficient.

Substrate Type
Green roofs can be designed to hold thicker substrates which absorb more rainfall. This is a great design option for rain-forest climates.

Often, green roofs require less maintenance than living walls. This might be helpful for beginners to understand that it does take some effort to keep vertical planters healthy, where as a green roof might be an easier first step.

Integrated vegetation solution should be selected for the particular ecosystem. Choosing plants based on that fact and not purely on what you would like it to be will make the project more sustainable.

Read more in the original article by Stefanie Nepaul, Ecological Design expert.

Feature Image: The Deichmann square Design by Chyutin Architects in Israel. Image via

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