May 24, 2011
Nedlaw Living Walls awarded Cape Breton University project
Nedlaw Living Walls has been awarded the contract for development and installation of one of its patented living wall systems at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The 16 foot tall by 23 foot wide structure will be a key feature of the University's Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment (CSEE) and is scheduled for installation in June 2011.

The living wall will be located on the mezzanine level overlooking the atrium in the public area of the CSEE building and will be a vertical garden comprised of diverse tropical plant species. In addition to its role as environmental art and an interior amenity, the living wall will also contribute to indoor air quality through the recirculation and natural filtration of internal air through the growth medium.

While the aesthetics of the living wall will be hard to ignore, the actual work of the biowall will contribute to the functioning of the physical CSEE facility. Traditional methods of managing indoor air quality include bringing fresh air in from the outside and conditioning it through heating or cooling, depending on the time of year. The living wall brings natural outdoor air processes inside and uses the interior plantscapes to perform some of those same functions.

The living wall for the CSEE was designed by NEDLAW Living Walls in collaboration with Halifax-based Barrie and Langille Architects Limited and its Toronto associate Moriyama and Teshima Architects.