For those who want an efficient vertical garden wall without thinking too much about it, Spanish ceramic tile company Ceracasa has come up with a modular super-duo that does double duty: Lifewall (no relation to Panasonic's monster TV), a tile designed to support a variety of drip-irrigated plants, which works in partnership with Bionictile, a tile that absorbs pollution out of the air and converts it to fertilizer for Lifewall's plants.
Created by architect Emilio Llobat of Maqla Architects, Azahar Energy and Ceracasa, the one meter square tiles are meant to be arranged in various patterns by designers to create a vegetal wall that works symbiotically. Available in white, ivory, tobacco, and gray colours, the porcelain Bionictile tiles work to soak up polluting nitrogen oxide from the air. By using the sun's UV rays and moisture, Bionictile's special design and patented smalt component transform harmful NOx particles into nitrate fertilizer, which can be used by the plants supported by the Lifewall tiles. In addition, the Lifewall tiles can act as a carbon sink.
According to the company, the tiles could have a big impact on air quality:
The tests conducted by the Polytechnic University of Valencia-CSIC implement ISO ITQ applying ISO 22197-12007 E, have offered that BIONICTILE samples ceramics are able to decompose NOx 25.09 micrograms per m2 per hour.
An estimation of 200 buildings coated by ceramic BIONICTILE, would decontaminate an equivalent volume of 2,638 million of m3 of air per year. Or in other words, more than 400,000 people could breathe, within one year, air free of harmful NOx from vehicles and industries.
Keep your eyes peeled: Ceracasa is now marketing these tiles worldwide and hopefully more air-cleaning, plant-bearing, vertical garden walls on larger (perhaps institutional?) buildings will be something that we can look forward to.
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