What is Green Infrastructure?
In short, Green infrastructure (GI) means nothing else than: "Bring back nature" and it is the opposite of Grey Infrastructure. Since our financially controlled world has an aversion for tree-hugger slogans, some business-minded people created a term that sounds more sexy, scientific, and like payback or ROI.
Basically, Green Infrastructure is a mesh of naturally occurring living elements, strategically assembled and implemented within our asphalt and concrete dominated, grey urban environments. Sometimes, century old techniques with living plants only need a new buzzword and people, disconnected from nature, suddenly understand. Because GI literally grows with its purpose, there is always an return of investment. In contrast, Grey Infrastructure has only a depreciation on an investment. Thus, Investors investing in Green Infrastructure see and understand the bigger picture of the term sustainability.
How does Green Infrastructure work?
GI restores our natural water cycles that directly lessens the impact of climate change. In particular, it addresses stormwater management, reduces heat stress, ameliorate air quality, and GI is also a natural Carbon sequestration machine.
Therefore, GI drastically reduces the human CO2 footprint, slows down the loss of biodiversity, improves food security, increases clean water supply, and improves the health of our soils.
Additionally, Green Infrastructure creates an ecological framework for social, economic and environmental health directly through increased quality of life through recreation by providing shade and shelter in urban and suburban areas.
In future, we will see more buzzwords or intellectually upgraded word combination for GI. However, at Green Roof Technology we prefer: "Bring back nature and just do it."
What is Living Architecture?
Living-Architecture transforms what was once a dead inanimate skeleton of architecture into a living breathing structure. Of course, through Green Infrastructure elements and carefully selected vegetation. That is like your clothes protects your body against temperature fluctuations and environmental impacts, so does Living Architecture to structures. Moreover, Living Architecture is also architecture that makes considerations for well-being of humans in future with fully reusable and recyclable materials.
Living Architecture is defined as the integration of living systems on or within a building envelope. This includes Green Roofs, Living Walls (interior and exterior), and Green Facades. Living Architecture are GI elements that directly interface with buildings or structures. Living Architecture is considered a subcategory of GI.
Courtesy: Nikolaus-Cusanus Haus built in 1991, Dreiseitl
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