How greenery can influence the design of form and space

Greenery is normally applied onto building façades and rooftops as an aesthetic treatment. There are many examples on this website that shows the extensive use of greenery on buildings (Figure 6), but very few where the decision to install greenery can be rationalised as a direct response to specific site conditions. Actually, there is none. …

How to reduce cooling cost with your roof garden

A roof garden consists of three main components:1.       Turf2.       Shrubs3.       TreesIn terms of aesthetic considerations, design permutations are limitless. When it comes to practical issues such as maintainability, one may be required to manoeuvre through access or structural issues (Choosing between intensive or extensive green roof …

Know your plant – Dracaena surculosa

The term “Dracaena” is derived from the Ancient Greek drakaina, meaning “Female-Dragon”. Surculosa comes from the Latin word, surculus, meaning a young twig or branch.Dracaena is a genus of 40 species of trees and succulent shrubs native to Africa, South East Asia and tropical Central America.Painted leavesDracaena surculosa and a few other species are often marketed in the …

A study on lighting requirement for 12 new plants

In our previous article, we have looked into the minimum lighting required for 2 plants. In this new study, we are testing another 12 species of plants. They are:Epipremnum aureum ‘N Joy’Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus'Scindepsus sp (green)Scindapsus treubiiSyngonium erythophylumSyngonium pinkPhlebodium aureum ‘blue star’Nephrolepsis bostoniensisFern sp. (Plastic fern)Seleginella planaSeleginella uncinata (Peacock moss)Episcia cupreataPlants are supplied by Chop Ching Hin Pte Ltd.The …

Greenwashing in the built industry

What is greenwashing?Greenwashing is a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization's products, aims and/or policies are environmentally friendly (More info here). Basically, the company tells you the product they are peddling is environmentally friendly, but it really isn’t.Greenwashing is common for many …

Know your plant – Philodendron scandens

Philodendron hederaceum (Jacq.) Schott (1829)Philodendron hederaceum, commonly known as Philodendron scandens, is a hemiepiphytic vine which begins its life high up in the trees. They are commonly found throughout the West Indies and from Mexico throughout Central America and much of South America, at 0 m to 1500 m above sea level. In South America it extends from …