Delta's three-story hydroponic ‘living’ wall in the renovated Health Professions Building (F-wing) is an architectural feature that’s not only beautiful but also serves to remove contaminants from the air we breathe. It's the first of its kind in Michigan.
Our indoor air environment is a complex mix of hundreds of different elements. These elements are released from furniture, carpeting, fabrics, and building materials. Even our occupancy and activities in this space produce air contaminants. Some of these contaminants like volatile organic compounds (VOCs), can affect us negatively if allowed to accumulate unchecked.
In a traditional building, VOCs are diluted by bringing fresh outside air into the building by means of ventilation. Depending on the season, this air flow must also be heated or cooled prior to entering the building—a process which consumes a substantial amount of energy.
Using moist media, standard indoor plants, and harvested rainwater, these plants and their roots act as a bio filter to improve air quality. Bio filtering, which relies on micro-organism to remove air toxins, is an energy-efficient design for reducing outside air intake and the energy it consumes.
Be sure to visit the F-wing and see the living wall for yourself!