Green Wall Rainscreen

Utilizing established cladding technology to build vertical garden envelopes



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Stephan Wurster

Business Development Manager


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Till Jackenkroll

Product and Innovation Manager



Green Wall applications are growing in popularity around the world. Often thought of as a decorative element they provide much more than aesthetic appeal. Especially in dense urban environments with limited availability of conventional green spaces, Green Walls are seen as a potential strategy to positively affect the local microclimate and help with air pollution. This paper documents an ongoing case study that aims to integrate green wall technology into a conventional rainscreen facade system. The ultimate goal is to standardize the green wall approach on multiple fronts. Through standardization, lower investment as well as maintenance cost and increased reliability a Green Wall rainscreen system will lead to broader use on private/commercial building envelopes and can positively affect the urban climate as a result.


The year 2007 marked the moment when the urban and rural populations on this planet reached parity (Fig.1). After millennia of rural dominance rapid urbanization since the early 20th Century

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Industrially produced rainscreen systems have been widely used in façade construction since the early 1960s. But the basic principles of a rainscreen wall go back for centuries. A simple wood

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Case Study

Starting point of this research was the identification of conventional cladding elements that would work in a green wall context. These basic components were then used to develop prototype panels

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Conclusion and Future Work

The present research is focused on two aspects: system design and prototyping. As illustrated above the first round of prototypes were built and are currently being tested under various conditions

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The authors wish to acknowledge the following persons for providing instrumental support in creating this paper:

Pohl Facades, Heiner Pohl, Andreas Boden, Thorsten Evenkamp.