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MOBILANE GREEN SCREEN SUSTAINABLE SECURITY FENCING ON DISPLAY AT FUTURESCAPE

The ultimate in secure sustainable security fencing will be on display at the Futurescape event, which takes place Tuesday 15th November at Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey. Visitors to the Mobilane stand (70) will be able to see the multiple uses and applications for the company’s market leading Green Screen, which has become the sustainable fencing solution of choice for domestic, public sector and commercial applications including housing development, schools, hospitals, car parks and roadside verges.

Mobilane’s Green Screen is a pre-cultivated screen which features a galvanised high carbon steel weldmesh that supports 65 ivy plants, each of which is trained through the mesh as it grows. The steel weldmesh itself delivers a very effective security barrier, while the ivy flourishes and requires minimal maintenance – unlike a traditional hedge which requires periodic heavy pruning and is prone to collapse in high winds or snow. As well as different species of ivy, the screens can also feature Hornbeam, Beech, Ligustrum and Pyracantha. The screens come in a variety of lengths, and are 3m in height.

Crucially, Green Screens have an extremely narrow physical footprint and an expected life of 45 years, giving them a very high biodiversity footprint. They also have additional benefits over walls and wooden fences as they deter graffiti and vandalism.

“Mobilane Green Screens are our most successful proven system,” explains Paul Garlick, National Sales Manager for Mobilane. “The system has proven itself in a wide variety of scenarios and uses, from high-end domestic developments that require the highest levels of security, to large estates where space is at a premium, through to commercial applications around offices, hospitals and car parks, and even as a safety measure along busy roads.

“The benefits of plants in the urban environment is well understood and the need for more plants is a pressing one to help combat pollution. However, the challenge has always been how to introduce plants quickly and effectively. Mobilane Green Screens deliver on all fronts, as their widespread use illustrates. Whether your pressing requirement is aesthetic, sustainability, security, or the need for a rapidly installed instant solution, Green Screens deliver all benefits in one.”

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Green gong for Mobilane

We are really excited to announce that a social housing project featuring a Mobilane green screen has been endorsed by the Green Organisation, a UK based group dedicated to recognising environmental best practice around the world.The Houghton Street project in Widnes, Cheshire for Halton Housing Group scooped a Silver Green Apple Environment Award for its strong green credentials.

Designed by architectural practice Denovo Design, the aim of the residential development was to create green homes with a contemporary edge. In order to foster a sense of community and to ensure that people could keep an eye on one another’s properties, the various homes were designed so they were inward-looking. This resulted in the rear gardens of two bungalows facing on to a main road. Rather than erect a timber fence or brick wall, which could fall foul of vandalism or graffiti, Denovo Design opted for a Mobilane ‘living’ screen.

Installed by Lovell and measuring 180cm in height and 51m in length, the screen provides a striking first impression to people visiting the new build development. It also sets the tone for a host of environmentally friendly features that have been incorporated into the affordable housing development and helped contribute towards valuable points in the project’s Code for Sustainable Homes Assessment.

As well as it deterring potential graffiti artists, the architects chose the green screen because it provides a natural habitat for wild birds and insects, and is low-maintenance. Another feature of the green screen is that it absorbs harmful microscopic particles that are generated by motor vehicles.

The Green Apple Award was presented to Denovo Design by Doreen Lawrence at a ceremony held at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindonon 24 July.


 

Mobilane CPD seminars with DCE

This year we are again running a host of seminars in conjunction with DCE at a number of locations around the country, details of which and the joining instructions can be found in the links below.

Our seminars will be focusing on building a greener environment, focusing on how our products can help to create environments that are more environmentally friendly from installation. As all of our products are installed fully grown their impact on the environment starts from installation.

As focus is turning to air pollution and ways in which to reduce it in a number of cities across the country, and indeed the world, installing products that help to improve the air quality is something a number of councils are starting to look at. With our green screens being a fine example of a way in which to easily reduce the number of air pollutants, namely PM10s and PM2.5 which are absorbed by such products.

It has been proven that greening up the built up environment has a positive effect on communities thanks to the multitude of health benefits. Introducing green spaces into inner city areas helps to reduce the temperature of the localised area as well as helping to increase biodiversity and help to make it more aesthetically pleasing. It can be used to help prevent graffiti thus making the area more inviting and welcoming.

More recently we have introduced the Living Hoardings product which is being leased out to construction companies. The Living Hoardings cover existing wooden hoardings to help companies give back to the surrounding area by the benefits of the living hoardings such as absorbing much of the dust particles in the air that are increased surrounding a construction site as well as to help keep the site looking more aesthetically pleasing as they work and, as previously mentioned as a graffiti preventative. These Living Hoardings are being leased so that they can be maintained appropriately so that when the need comes to take the hoardings down, they can be dismantled and redeployed elsewhere.

To find out more details of this and to hear more about the products that we sell and all of their uses, come and join one of the CPD sessions. Follow the links below to find out further details on the joining instructions. Alternatively contact us direct through the website at http://www.mobilane.co.uk or via phone on 07711 895261

Leedsregistration link (18th September 2013)

Chorleyregistration link (26th November 2013)

Our Green Screens help Marlow become a safer place for drivers

We have helped to increase road safety and support the environment in Marlow as we have installed our Green Screens. Our six-foot high Green Screens can now be seen on the central reserve area of the A4155 Marlow Road, on the east side of the roundabout at the junction with the A404.  They have already proved effective in the aims of reducing both driver distraction and roundabout approach speed.

This project comes about after the local authority in Marlow following a review of the analysis of reported injury collisions in the last three years took the initiative to act to improve safety at the junction.  It was found that these were mainly as a result of excessive approach speeds towards the roundabout.  The installation of our Green Screens have restricted the visibility on the approach to the roundabout which has instantly provided the desired effect and created an aesthetically pleasing barrier which is sustainable and environmentally sound.

The addition of the screens serves to restrict drivers’ views of traffic to their right as they approach the roundabout, encouraging them to reduce their speed. Initial results from speed flow data show an average total reduction of around 4mph in approach speeds and also a significant reduction in the number of vehicles approaching the roundabout at higher speeds.

Green screens are a simple yet remarkably effective concept, featuring a biodegradable pot which holds a wire mesh ‘fence’ onto which vegetation, usually ivy, is grown. Our screens are cultivated offsite and are delivered ready to install. As soon as they are installed they provide an attractive barrier solution with aesthetic, environmental and maintenance benefits over traditional walls and fences.  They also provide an acoustic barrier which reduces the traffic noise in the surrounding environment.  Unlike hedges the vegetation in the screens does not grow significantly above the height of the wire fence, so they do not require regular pruning, and they are much narrower yet more dimensionally stable than hedges.

Green Screens have a wide range of uses, including encouraging biodiversity, improving air quality and tackling graffiti.  Local authorities are increasingly adopting innovative uses of the screens as they continue to see their versatility, sustainability and low maintenance costs. We are pleased to see Marlow leading the way and the results from this installation.

Living walls in the urban arena

The concept of greening buildings has enjoyed a renaissance as society looks to develop a cleaner, more pleasant and sustainable way of living. In fact, living walls are moving indoors…

Adding foliage to buildings is not a new concept. The greek historian Dionorus recorded a technically detailed description of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon which described how the garden was built on tiers with vaults which carried the weight of planting; he even described the waterproofing system used for a green roof substantial enough to support trees. However, in recent years, the concept of greening buildings has enjoyed a renaissance as society looks to develop a cleaner, more pleasant and sustainable way of living.
Living walls deliver a range of benefits beyond the obvious and stunning aesthetic. Some benefits are obvious and need little explanation, such as the ability of foliage to remove carbon dioxide from the air and to exhale oxygen via photosynthesis. However, foliage also improves air quality by removing particulates, and unlike trees, foliage on walls does not impact drastically on footprint or restrict air flow and helps to reduce ambient temperature in the urban environment.
Few external cladding systems can match the ability of living walls to fundamentally change a building’s appearance. Traditional mechanical cladding systems, such as metal, glass and bricks, are supplied in an endless range of colours and finishes to offer the designer a broad palette with which to be creative. However, a living system changes a building exterior from something which is inanimate to something which lives and breathes, changing with the seasons, constantly growing and even moving with the weather.
Apart from the aesthetic and environmental benefits, living walls and Green Screens also offer a surprising range of uses in the private, public and commercial spheres. Schools and other public buildings are increasingly using living systems, while many local housing authorities are realising the benefits of easy-to-install, sustainable Green Screen boundary systems which are delivered pre-grown and which adhere to boundary Building Regulations. Living walls and Green Screens are also being used by local authorities as a deterrent against anti-social behaviour such as graffiti and Green Screens are also being installed alongside highways to improve road safety.
However, the market for living walls has, in recent years, been somewhat tarnished by doubts about the reliability of systems following to the failure of a few high profile examples. But the logic behind criticism of the concept of living walls is flawed. It is akin to claiming that cars are not a good idea because Toyota made some mistakes in 2009. It fails to take into account the development of successful modern systems which are tried and tested and which are extremely efficient.

Perhaps the best example of a European living wall exists in Monaco; a surprisingly harsh location for living walls as Monaco is water-impoverished and with a hot, sunny, marine environment. Yet the WallPlanter living wall in Monaco’s Avenue Princesse Grace has thrived since it was first installed in 2006. The south faced wall fronts on to the sea and is bathed in strong sunlight throughout most of the year with temperatures reaching an average high of 80o F in August, and an average low of 43o F in winter. Precipitation averages 31.7mm a year, which contrasts dramatically with 611mm in London.
In London a fine example of a living wall can be found at the O2. The site owner had a need for a barrier to shield visitors from construction work on a nearby housing development. Mobilane supplied a simple living wall system which was installed on an open steel structure. The 150m long, 8m high wall took just over a week to install and requires minimal maintenance. Four years after installation the wall remains impressively verdant.

These and other successful living walls go largely unnoticed, which is to be expected. ‘Living wall continues to thrive’ is nowhere near as good a headline as ‘Living wall fails’.
The secret for designers thinking of specifying a living wall is to speak to the supplier and to ask to see examples of previous systems. This is, unfortunately, a relatively standards free marketplace, so designers need to do a little extra work to check that suppliers can deliver on reliability and post-installation maintenance. All living systems need maintenance, from the humble office spider plant which needs to be periodically watered and fed, to full blown living wall systems. But the latest state-of-the-art living wall systems feature automated monitoring watering and feeding systems and require minimal inspection and maintenance.
The latest development in living walls sees them moving indoors. The new LivePanel Interior wall system (a development of the successful exterior system) is suitable for a wide range of building types, including offices, call centres, hotels, leisure centres, retail and business centres. The system is easy to install and requires no building alteration work prior to installation. All that’s needed is a plain wall, suitable lighting and an electric power socket. A basic system can be installed in a single morning.

The benefits of plants in offices and other public spaces are widely recognised. Surprisingly, the air inside a building can be up to nine times more polluted than outside due to emissions from electrical equipment, paint, and furniture, which can be compounded by inadequate air conditioning and ventilation. Plants combat this by removing carbon dioxide (which lowers work performance), as well as particulate pollutants and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and help to balancing humidity. The psychological effects of plants indoors are also well understood and research has shown that interior plants can reduce stress, improve health, affect mood and increase productivity in the workplace.
The LivePanel interior system features a built-in computerised irrigation system and specially developed nutritionally balanced minerals substrate to support vegetation. The system can support a wide variety of plant types, depending on available lighting and level of maintenance needed. Maintenance is minimal and once a month the system is serviced and the water and feeding levels are tested. The reservoir will be adjusted accordingly if required. The system takes up little space, but the effect is stunning.
We will increasingly see more living walls in the urban environment, both indoors and out, just as we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of living roofs. There is some work to be done to combat cynicism, but the future is definitely greener, in the most literal sense of the word.
[this article appeared in the Nov/Dec issue of Eco Building Magazine]