Currently Reading

The Pesky Side of Green Buildings

Advertisement
Green Design

The Pesky Side of Green Buildings


January 4, 2021
Building with hanging greenery
Photo: korkeng

Building green has flourished and architects are designing spaces that feature sustainable construction methods, high performance features—even physically green structures. Some of these design choices include wall and roof gardens. By attempting to connect humans with nature, these vegetation-covered buildings are attracting pests, overgrowing, and even keeping tenants away, according to The Conversation. The 826-unit apartment complex in the Chinese city of Chengdu is the perfect example: it features live vegetation on every open space and balcony. And with the lush greenery comes pesky bugs, such as mosquitos. While every unit was reportedly sold by April 2020, only a handful of tenants had actually moved in by October.

The towers were built in 2018 and plants were provided to reduce noise and clean up pollution. But the plants thrived, while sales moved slowly, and no one was clipping the greenery to keep it in control.

Now mostly empty balconies have cascading branches of plants overtaking space, blocking windows.

It might not help that Chengdu and its population of 16.3 million people are located in Sichuan, central China, which is humid and semi-tropical, a perfect environment for fast-breeding mossies.

But a slow uptake, with tenants slow to move in, made the problem worse as the plants subsumed their buildings.

Read More
 

 

Related Stories

Energy Efficiency

20% of the Country's Planet-Heating Emissions Come From Powering Homes

A significant chunk of planet-heating emissions generated by the U.S. (20%) can be attributed to heating, cooling, and lighting the country’s 128…

Community Development

The Largest Net-Zero Community Will Have 21,000 Homes

Developer FivePoint Valencia broke ground on a new 21,000-home project that will become the largest net-zero community in the country. Homes will…

Sustainability

Natural Gas: To Ban or Not to Ban?

States and cities are in a battle about whether natural gas should be banned in new homes and buildings. Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee,…

Advertisement
Advertisement

More in Category




Advertisement
Advertisement

Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.


Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Subscribe
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.