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RATINGS SYSTEM

DIY Friendly
Not DIY friendly to very DIY friendly

Maintenance
Hard to maintain to easy to maintain

Cost
Most cost effective to least cost effective

Drainage & Irrigation
Complex drainage to simple drainage

Integration
Challenging to integrate to easy to integrate

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This rating system is an evaluation tool to help determine the best green wall system for you.

DIY SYSTEMS

1. Direct Greening Façade

This design involves in-ground plantings which grow upwards along the façade structure.

DIY Friendly

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PROS

• Easy to construct
• Requires the least materials
• Budget friendly
• Very easy to integrate

CONS

• Low aesthetic appeal
• Limited plant selection
• Slow and uneven plant growth

2. INDirect Greening Façade

This design utilises a support structures to assist plant growth by providing an anchor for plants to attach to.

DIY Friendly

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PROS

• Easy to construct
• Lightweight support structure
• Budget friendly
• Very easy to integrate

CONS

• Low aesthetic appeal
• Limited plant selection
• Slow and uneven plant growth

3. MODULAR PANEL SYSTEM

This design involves modular box panels that are filled with inorganic substances, wrapped and supplied by a fertigation.

DIY Friendly

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PROS

• Easy to construct
• Versatile and scalable
• Most visually appealing

CONS

• Expensive to install
• Requires some technical skills
• Waterproofing may be required

4. TEXTILE BAG SYSTEM

This design is made of a textile material such as felt, geotextile, old burlap, tarpaulin, or a suitable cloth.

DIY Friendly

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PROS

• Easy to integrate and maintain
• Lightweight
• Preferable for edible plants

CONS

• Limited irrigation options
• Frequent fertigation required

5. PLANTER/POT SYSTEM

Planter boxes are the main element in this design, and are attached to a support structure.

DIY Friendly

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PROS

• Versatility allows for unique designs
• Preferable for edible plants
• Can be made from recycled materials

CONS

• Limited irrigation options
• Frequent fertigation required
• Requires some technical skills

6. Guttering system

This system is fun and reasonably cost-effective. The design upcycles old guttering to become the primary structure.

DIY Friendly

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PROS

• Fun design
• Easiest to irrigate
• Made from upcycled materials
• Cost effective

CONS

• Substrate depth may restrict
  plant choice.
• Requires some technical skills

7: Piping system

This system takes advantage of old pipes, such as PVC piping, as the key component of the system.

DIY Friendly

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PROS

• Fun design
• Easiest to irrigate
• Made from upcycled materials

CONS

• Substrate depth may restrict
  plant choice.
• Requires some technical skills

8. wood-based system

This system is made of wooden boxes that are stacked together which allows the unit to potentially be free standing.

DIY Friendly

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PROS

• Made from upcycled materials
• Large depth for root growth
• Potentially freestanding

CONS

• Wood may deteriorate
• Weight loading may be an issue

This website was developed in collaboration with UTS Shopfront at the Centre of Social Justice and Inclusion and the student Visual Communication team from the Faculty Design Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney. Aaron Davis, Beth Sacco, Emma Lai, Leeanne Takashima and Lucy Ward were supervised by Claudia Leigh.