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Fytogreen is at the cutting-edge in our field. We are passionate horticulturists, always learning and experimenting with new types of plants in all sorts of climatic conditions.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Under the leadership of Geoff Heard, Managing Director, Fytogreen has 30 years of horticultural industry experience and over 12 years delivering green roofs, green walls and vertical gardens.
Pictured are our test beds for green roofs, which are planted at varying degrees of roof pitch, and left untouched and unwatered.
Fytogreen establish numerous different test beds and green walls at the Fytogreen nursery. We carefully document and evaluate growth rates, water usage and survival rates in various conditions.
We do this to ensure we "speak from experience" when an architect asks us how a plant might perform.
From herbs and vegetables to flowering plants, the vertical garden poses on-going research and development challenges, whether it be indoor or outdoor gardens, floating gardens or water saving systems.
Fytogreen is totally committed to our research and development program to bring sustainable, innovative products to green the built environment.
A great little article from the latest issue of "Squared" - Collins Square.
Creating the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest, largest and most ambitious vertical green wall is not for the faint-hearted.
Towering 53m high and featuring 400 tonnes of concrete and 13,890 plants, the task of creating the wall was easily as big as the wall itself.
“We had to install 826 panels by two swing stages using a rope pulley system delivering panels to each swing stage from Level 7-20,” says Geoff Heard, Managing Director of Fytogreen Australia Pty. Ltd.
“All the material had to be craned to Level 7 of the adjacent Tower Five, and then panels had to be walked across to an occupied office complex over 12 consecutive days.”
But what about the all-important plants?
It can be tricky enough to get it right at home, ensuring your new plant has just the right amount of sun and water, but when you’re dealing with 18 different plant species to form a feature wall in a corporate office building, there’s a little more to take into account. “[The plant species list] was determined by the available light levels provided by supplementary lighting,” says Geoff.
“Hence, all species are low-light indoor plants suited to the warmer, more humid conditions within the atrium.” Collins Square now boasts one of the highest concentrations of sustainable buildings in the Southern Hemisphere, with all Towers designed to 5 Star Greenstar and 5 star NABERS Energy ratings. Tower One has an excellent 5.5 star NABERS Energy rating and Tower Three has accomplished an industry leading 6 stars.
Not only is it possible, it is actually a huge benefit to install a green roof under and around the solar panels. Solar panels start to loose efficiency of converting solar energy to electrical energy when the temperature increases above 25 deg C.
Having a roof garden around and below the photo-voltaic panels reduces the reflective heat from the roof, thus increases the efficiency of the solar panel to generate electricity.
Another additional benefit, the shadowing effect of the solar panels allows a greater plant pallet selection when designing the green roof.
A Follow Up Podcast brought to you from
"The Site Shed"
Today’s guest, Sonia Bedner resides at 38 Westbury Street in St Kilda East, however unlike her neighbouring buildings, Sonia’s roof top has been turned into a roof garden (A thriving award winning Fytogreen roof garden installed in August 2015).
Here is a link to a Podcast from The Site Shed showcasing gardens on the built structure. The discussion covers a range of points of greening the built structure, including types of gardening, what design considerations are needed and how they are installed and maintained. Also covered are regulations, environmental advantages and the practical advantages of having a roof garden, green facade or vertical garden on your home or office.
Did you see Fytogreen stunning vertical garden at Marco Apartment featured on last week's show - Garden Guru's
Thank you Mirvac for awarding Fytogreen with your
'Workplace Safety Award' for the roof garden recently installed at the Bolte Recreational facility.
Design Build Expo -
3rd - 5th May 2017.
Come and see Fytogreen at this years
Design Build Expo
Wednesday 3th til Friday 5th May 2017
ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour
Fytogreen, in conjunction with Tensile, has an amazing 9m high display featuring some of Fytogreen's latest products including our living beams and cylinders at this weeks Expo.
10 up high: Australia’s best green roofs - by Annie Reid.
There’s a lot to like about green gardens in the sky. As well as the beauty of a verdant space in the built environment, green roofs have triple bottom line benefits, including reducing urban heat island effects, lowering urban air temperatures, and helping to improve Co2 emissions.
Right now, we’re trending towards green roofs that are accessible and usable for all to enjoy, so how about ten of the best to admire?
Home to Queensland's largest Greenwall by Fytogreen, this Brisbane project has been named the best development in the country.
Congratulations, ARIA Property Group’s for their South Brisbane project, Botanica Residences. Winning the Urban Development Institute President’s Award, making it the best of the best of around 500 projects across the country.
Back To Babylon wins at the 2017 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
Congratulations Tract for winning a "Silver Show Garden Award"" and the Mark Bence Construction Award" at the 2017 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show"
Fytogreen were proud to help Tract to make their design a reality.
New Product for Fytogreen installed at Warringah Mall
The Warringah Mall project in Sydney, for the Scentre Group, required significant technical design. Fytogreen overcame this by creating a new product, and achieved an outstanding outcome. The ability to collaborate with Tensile ensured a great working relationship making it a relatively seamless exercise.
Fytogreen continues to research and improve lighting for indoor breathable walls
To ensure what we recommend to our clients meets our performance specification, Fytogreen has now set up our second series of LED lighting experiments at the head office in Somerville, and a third series will begin soon.
Fytogreen is Towering Ahead - Presenting Australia's Tallest Indoor Living Green Wall!
We are extremely proud to showcase this stunning 52.9m high vertical garden at Collins Square - Tower 4, 737 Collins Street, Docklands, installed in October 2016 by the Fytogreen team...Australia’s leading specialist in sustainable vertical gardens.