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Cleaning the air down under

Sydney - In an ongoing environmental research project, University of Technology - Sydney Research Associate Ron Wood has discovered even more beneficial facts about how plants clean indoor air. Wood and a team of scientists, including a plant physiologist / ecotoxicologist, biochemist / analytic chemist , microbiologist and environmental / urban horticulturist , conducted experiments based on Dr. Wolverton's NASA Research, but took the experiments a step further. MORE ...

 

'Green Solar architecture' - higher quality of life in buildings

The link 'plant' has gained importance in architecture as a media against over-technicalisation and the alienation to nature. People react positively towards indoor plants. Above this, plants take on important functions of well being such as acclimatisation, the binding of dust and harmful substances and the reduction of noise. At the same time they support stress reduction. People are drawn to plants and have a close relationship to them, especially in the concrete desserts known as towns. MORE ...

 

Origins and background information - The history of the use of indoor plants

In historical sources reference the beginning of the use of indoor plants two topics become obvious: firstly the introduction of potted plants and secondly the positioning of these potted plants indoors. Where native plants can grow in pots outdoors, exotic plants have special climatic requirements and must be reared indoors. MORE ...

 

The influence of "greened" offices on well-being, health and productivity

'Considerable academic research, which shows that plants can improve health in the workplace, has been carried out. The research has shown that plants reduce complaints of minor ailments, generally improve the feeling of well-being and also reduce stress levels. MORE ...

 

Plants, an economical way to improve conditions in schools

The condition of indoor air has been a concern since the early eighties when Sick Building Syndrome was recognised. Where schools suffer from this condition, the introduction of a few plants into classrooms, staff rooms and offices is a simple and cost effective way to improve how everyone actually feels. MORE ...

 

Breathing and Indoor Air

'People must breath to extract oxygen from the air and exhale the carbondioxide produced in the body. For this gas-exchange, the human lung has an available capacity of approximately 80 square meters. MORE ...

 

Plants - A Major Influence on People's Lives

Houseplants have more to offer than mere aesthetic appeal - in a world where we spend more and more time indoors, they provide us with a much needed reminder of the kind of environment we evolved in. Research into the beneficial attributes of plants was first conducted by NASA in the 1970s. NASA scientists discovered that houseplants were able to purify polluted air and water. MORE ...

 

The influence of indoor plants on the state of health of office employees

Plants do not only serve as a means for processing air, they are also part of the original ecological system from which man evolved. In human biology, physiology and geno-type have changed very little in the last 10,000 years, whereby changes in human environment are fundamental. When looking at the last 50 to 70 years one notices that in the western world a far reaching urbanisation has taken place. MORE ...

 

Plants cleaning the way to a greener future?

'Living Machines' processing cosmetic waste water from Body Shop products Plants are taking us back to our roots and helping to prove that the ecological way is a functional option, which saves energy and water. Evidence of this can be seen at Watersmead in Littlehampton where COSI manufacture some products for the Body Shop. Here, a 'Living Machine' processes waste materials naturally. MORE ...

 

Plants at the place of work increase productivity

Indoor plants have their set place in many flats, offices and companies. People intuitively feel that the contact to plants and nature have a calming effect on them. Many are also of the opinion that productivity and satisfaction of workers increases, if the place of work has indoor plants incorporated. MORE ...

 

Scottish brewers drink in the benefits of plants

At Fountain House in Edinburgh, Scottish Courage Ltd is not only thinking beer - they're thinking plants! In the four-year-old building, the central atrium over-looked by three floors, is filled with three large modular units planted with large specimen trees. MORE ...

 

German Callcentre becomes Green Oasis

The recent trend for Callcentres requires a new approach to building and designing workspaces. A great number of people in an open plan office constantly under stress in a very competitive and noisy atmosphere, need an extremely well planned office space to enable them to deliver the best service possible. Plants have an important role to play in creating this atmosphere. MORE ...

 

Do Plants in Offices promote Health?

Reports from the nineteen-eighties indicate that house plants are able to reduce the level of chemical compounds in the air. Both the leaves and the stems and roots participate in this cleansing process, together with micro-organisms which live in the root zone and the soil. Plants therefore offer an opportunity to improve the often polluted air indoors. MORE ...

 

Herten's Green Culture Centre

The air inside the lavishly equipped round glass cultural centre and library in Herten is fresh and humid. You instinctively want to take a deep breath, absorbing its purity - feeling like you've just walked into a health centre. All this in Herten, an industrial town situated North of the Ruhr, an industrial area that is definitely not renowned for the quality of its air! MORE ...

 

The Rudolf Steiner School - Learning under Palms

UK schools and government bodies for education may like to consider how one independent school in Germany is using plants to improve the atmosphere for learning, reducing stress and noise levels and improving health of pupils and staff. MORE ...

 

Are plants in offices beneficial to health?

Plants in offices are beneficial to people. They create an individual working environment and bring colour into the room. They hereby give a feeling of well-being and create a live atmosphere. They are beneficial for a positive mood and help to overcome stress. In this way, ficus, banana and co help to improve the room climate. MORE ...

 

Green plants for the feel good factor

Interior planting has become increasingly popular in the working environment during the last 30 years, and its presence is believed to have psychological and physiological benefits. There are many claims in the literature that have not been substantiated by research. My thesis, titled Human Responses to Interior Planting, set out to establish why people need or want to have interior planting in their present-day buildings and to determine the possible psychological benefits to people of plants inside buildings. MORE ...

 

What is "Sick Building Syndrome"?

Numerous studies conducted by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) over the last 25 years have shown measurable levels of over 107 known carcinogens in modern offices and homes. The presence of these VOC's (volitile organic compounds) is due to the switch from open windows to energy efficient living and working environments, made necessary in the 1970's due to the energy crisis atmosphere that had developed. MORE ...