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Greenscreen by cslota
September 28, 2008, 1:32 am
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Greenscreen is a company that sells modular wire trellis systems that can be applied in many different configurations, such as columns, curved walls, attached to the facade of a building, etc. This is a solution for creating a light-weight green wall, rather than a “living wall”, so it is probably more cost-effective (checking on pricing) because it does not involve retainting soil vertically or an irrigation system. The idea is that climbing plants that are planned at the base of the system will grow over time through the wire and fill the wire mesh. When the plant has fully developed in the mesh, the shading that its leaves offer cut down on a building’s cooling costs. Another thing is that the mesh makes an architectural statement even when the plant has not yet fully overgrown the fencing.

The 100K House project on their blog talked about the concept of this system as inspiration for creating their own green wall using standard wire fencing. Read about it here.

Update: The Greenscreen “Modular Wall-Hung Trellis Panels” cost $10-12/ S.F., with an additional 20-30% for shipping because they are manufactured in California. Also, a good estimate for how much a plant can grow through this system over time is about 5-1/2 feet per year, varying depending on location. There is also a list of recommended climbing plants, please let me know if you are interested.

Soy based spray in insulation by mattp614
September 3, 2008, 3:00 am
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BioBased Insulation makes a spray in insulation that is soy based. It is environmentally friendly, healthy, VOC free, pest resistant, water based and acts as a vapor retardant. I figured a house that was 20′ by 50′ with 2×6 framing and 2×12 roof joists and got an estimate of $7,800 which seems a bit steep. And with an R-value of 13 with standard 2×4 framing, it isn’t that impressive for the price either considering you can get an R15 out of your typical 3.5″ pink fiberglass insulation.

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