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The Impact of a Living Wall on the Air Quality in a WELL Certified Office Meeting Room: A Pilot Study

Thomas, C; Shrubsole, C; Altamirano-Medina, H; (2017) The Impact of a Living Wall on the Air Quality in a WELL Certified Office Meeting Room: A Pilot Study. In: Proceedings of the MC2017 Masters Conference People and Buildings. Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Research of living walls conducted in real life settings is limited. Analysis of how systems works in occupied office settings, can provide information to help reduce energy used in ventilation. Active living walls may offer an alternative to a regular mechanical ventilation as it reduces the need to extract and filter fresh air. Indoor air quality (IAQ) in the meeting room was tested in various scenarios using calibrated monitoring instruments. Preliminary results indicate that using the active living wall as the main mode of ventilation in the meeting space, temperature, CO2, and particulate matter (PM) levels were all within industrial benchmark guidelines. With further studies, different plant types, weather conditions and room sizes providing more in-depth knowledge that can be used to perfect the system, the hope of a future involving the switch from a traditional mechanical ventilation system to this innovative system may be viable.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The Impact of a Living Wall on the Air Quality in a WELL Certified Office Meeting Room: A Pilot Study
Event: MC2017 Masters Conference People and Buildings
Location: WSP House, 70 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1AF
Dates: 22 September 2017 - 22 September 2017
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://nceub.org.uk/ocs/index.php/MC2017/MC2017/pa...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: IAQ, Active Living Walls, Plants, Building System Performance, WELL Certification, Health and Wellbeing
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1574716
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