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Findlay Market. Pop up Living Wall

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Findlay Market Pop Up Living Wall

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We are very proud of this 115 Sq ft Installation as it is our first chance to display our work in a public setting. The reception we received from the community while constructing this living wall was spectacular and inspiring.

The wall is located in the playground next to Findlay market. While installing, kids from the 8 story brick H shaped housing unit, which towers over the playground, insisted on investigating each different type of plant. They remarked on how it beautiful they plants were and how “it feels like we are in the jungle!”

Over the course of the 2 day installation dozens of children (some watching baby siblings) came down to the playground to see what was being built literally in their back yard. Once we completed the kids pleaded us to install the wall permanently, which we will try to accomplish but may not be possible…. Although they might be more upset about not getting to hang out with Lily and Tyler (mostly lily).

It feels amazing to be able to give back to the community with this installation. Even if it is only up for a few days, we hope to continue to inspire and show the beautiful side of sustainability.

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Dancing in front of living wall

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Howlett Hall Data Analysis

Last Week, Urban Blooms installed a series of moisture and temperature sensors into our Ohio State, Howlett Hall, Living Wall Installation. These sensors will be collecting and storing data every 15 minutes through an Arduino. This data is then automatically imported into an excel sheet and is made available for our team to analyze.

This data will be summarized in a Living Wall Sustainability Report which will be published at the end of the year.

Howlett Hall Temperature Sensor Data 8/9 - 8/13
Howlett Hall Temperature Sensor Data 8/9 – 8/13

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The above graph shows the temperature of the sun exposed brick wall on Howlett Hall (AMBIENT TEMP) compared to temperatures at the top of the garden (GARDEN TOP TEMP), temperatures at the bottom of the garden (GARDEN BOTTOM TEMP), and temperatures of the brick wall behind the garden (WALL TEMP). While outdoor temperatures were relatively cool over the past week, with a weekly high of only 81 degrees. This data shows that there is up to a 30 degree drop in temperatures between the brick wall exposed to the sun and the brick wall behind the garden, as you will see in the next graph, that difference in temperature equates to real time energy and cost savings.

 

 

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Savings per every 15 minute reading interval

 

This graph shows the amount of money saved in every 15 minute interval. The area beneath the blue line would be the total savings. While it was a relatively cool and overcast week significant 20150629_161044savings were still noted; for example, on August 12th there was a high of only 77 and we still see a average savings of .05 cents every 15 minutes during the day. Thus our small display garden still saved the university $2.12 on that cool, overcast Wednesday.   Over the course of the cool, overcast, 5 days this data is showing, Our Living Wall saved the university $9.08 in AC Costs.

This data extrapolated over the course of the summer equates to $270 in saved energy costs!

From this data we can also estimate that the garden should save approximately $400 in heating costs over the winter. Giving an estimated yearly savings of $670 for this 32 square foot garden. This represents an ROI of 4.9 years, which means, by just having this garden installed on Howlett Hall for 5 years, the university will save in energy costs the entire cost of the installation!

 

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OSU Howlett Hall Installation

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Howlett Hall Living Wall

 

 

The Howlett Hall Living Wall installation is a collaboration between Urban Blooms and The OSU Student Organization SEEDS.  A sustainability study will be conducted by taking temperature readings on the south facing brick facade, both behind the living wall and on the brick adjacent to the wall. With data from this study it will be possible to calculate the energy saving potential of living walls in both summer and winter months.

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Howlett Hall Living Wall Plant Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Living Wall Side View

 

 

 

This installation features 115 plants from 11 different species, the plants were selected based on their drought tolerant qualities and their preference for full sun.

 

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Plant selection

The wall is located adjacent the Howlett Hall Green Roof, by Higher Ground LLC, on Ohio State’s Agricultural Campus.

 

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Howlett Hall Green Roof

 

 

 

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