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Living walls can reduce heat lost from buildings by over 30%

A new study at the University of Plymouth may lead to some changes in the way we heat and cool our homes.

The study, which was completed by academics associated with the University’s Sustainable Earth Institute and without any specific grant from funding agencies, utilized a pre-1970s campus building to compare how two walls retained heat - one traditional wall, and one whose exterior section was retrofitted with what the study refers to as a ‘living wall’ made of a “flexible felt fabric sheet system with pockets allowing for soil and planting.” The walls were not insulated with any other material.

From an article in the Jerusalem Post

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