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IJESD 2017 Vol.8(2): 124-129 ISSN: 2010-0264
doi: 10.18178/ijesd.2017.8.2.933

Advantages and Constraints of Living Green Façade Systems

Francisca Amorim and Paulo Mendonça

Abstract—This paper comments on some technical aspects of living green façade systems, pointing out their advantages and constraints. This environmentally sustainable strategy for building construction and refurbishment is especially adequate for South oriented facades, more suitable for plant growing, contributing to reduce heat island effect, lower emissions and even a positive balance to buildings by absorbing CO2and liberating oxygen due to photosynthesis process. Green facades can also reduce visual impact from buildings on landscape. The use and appreciation of native flora in these systems should be valued. In this paper some examples of green facades are presented and commented on their structural and functional specifications.

Index Terms—Green facades, sustainable construction systems, low emission buildings.

F. Amorim is with School of Architecture, University of Minho,Azurém Campus, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal (e-mail: a61621@alunos.uminho.pt).
P. Mendonça is with Lab2PT Research Centre, School of Architecture, University of Minho, Azurém Campus, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal (e-mail: mendonca@arquitectura.uminho.pt).


Cite: Francisca Amorim and Paulo Mendonça, "Advantages and Constraints of Living Green Façade Systems," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 124-129, 2017.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-0264 (Print)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Environ. Sci. Dev.
  • Frequency: Bimonthly(Since 2022); Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJESD
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Richard Haynes
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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