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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
P. Mendonça is with Lab2PT Research Centre, School of Architecture, University of Minho, Azurém Campus, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal (e-mail: email@example.com).
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.