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Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centres’ feature Green Wall.
The library's living Green Wall is a beautiful natural feature of the building and helps generate a pleasant and calming space. The plants assist with improving the indoor air quality and are an important part of the building's energy efficient air conditioning system. The Green Wall was installed in 2014, prior to the opening of the Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre.
The Green Wall is nine and a half metres high and covers 70 square metres. It contains approximately 4,500 plants. The air from the library is drawn in over the plants through a chamber behind the wall. The plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and also assist with removal of volatile organic compounds. The air then moves through the air conditioning system being cooled (or warmed) before returning through floor vents.
To assist with health of the plants, natural lighting is supplemented with spot lights powered by roof mounted solar panels. As with any garden, some regular maintenance and plant replacement is needed and Council contracts the designer and builder of the Green Wall to undertake this work.
More information on the BLaKC Green Wall:
Green Walls and roofs can be installed inside or outside buildings to provide a range of benefits which include:
Improved indoor air quality;
Support for mental and physical health;
Cooling for our cities and suburbs;
The removal of volatile organic compounds;
Reduction of urban heat-island (UHI) effect; and
Increase in biodiversity and the creation of more natural spaces.
For more information on how to design and build your own green wall or green roof: