Green roofs, vertical gardens and green walls are some examples of the green spaces that we can find in the cities of today.

Thanks to ESPORA, spreading green spaces in cities is easier than ever, due to its modularity, ease of installation and low installation and maintenance costs, among many other advantages.

In addition, the spread of a new urban green ecosystem could be the solution to the environmental challenges of today’s cities which must evolve towards greener urban systems to improve the quality of lives of their inhabitants.

More and more cities are becoming committed to the innovation of green spaces, since they provide great benefits for both the environment and its inhabitants.

We have compiled the 8 most incredible benefits of installing urban green spaces, which we explain in detail below:

Greater biodiversity

The spreading of green spaces contributes to the creation of a new layer of urban biodiversity. The presence of this new layer with plants that create a habitat and food for species has a direct impact on the generation of wildlife corridors, which are essential for improving the quality of life and well-being in today’s cities.

 

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They reduce pollution

One of the most common problems of our cities is the increase in periods of pollution. Plants that are installed on roofs act as filters for some of the most harmful air pollutants.  For example, one square metre of green space can retain up to 200 grams per year of small contaminating particles that are harmful to health.

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The Waqi website provides up-to-date pollution levels around the world.

Improves city water management

Rainwater can be retained in cities and increase humidity. Green roofs can absorb rainwater, reducing runoff that could lead to the collapse of urban sewer systems.

They mitigate the effects of global warming

The increase in temperatures, the rise of episodes of heavy rain and heat waves, and the spread of disease are some of the consequences of dreaded global warming in cities. The creation of a new urban green ecosystem mitigates these consequences, which directly affect the health and welfare of citizens.

 

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Improves the thermal insulation of buildings

The installation of green roofs on the roofs of buildings and private homes provides, among other things, greater insulation that results in cooler temperatures in the summer months and greater warmth in cooler months. Energy consumption can be reduced by up to 25% in summer and up to 10% in winter.

Greater climatic and acoustic comfort

One of the most common situations in urban areas is the Heat Island. This thermal phenomenon creates a temperature increase in areas with lots of building, and it is caused by cars, lights, asphalt and cement. The presence of green spaces in urban planning and buildings help prevent this phenomenon, reducing the city’s temperatures by an average of one degree.

In addition, roofs and green walls reduce the reflection of sound in cities by up to 3 decibels and the acoustic insulation of buildings by up to 8 decibels.

 

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As this graph indicates, the greener areas are the ones with the lowest “heat island” effect. Therefore, covering walls with green is a solution to reduce and regulate the heat given off by the city’s materials.

And most importantly: it improves our quality of life!

Green presence in our urban environment fosters our connection with nature and consequently can lead us to better human well-being. Numerous studies show the beneficial effects of urban green on people such as reducing stress, decreasing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and improving concentration.

Similarly, the use of green spaces in all urban areas is a powerful tool for scientific knowledge and experimentation.

 

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London is one of the busiest and fastest growing cities in the world. For a few years now, London has been turning some of its urban areas back into green spaces to improve the lives of citizens and their connection with nature. National Geographic explains the example of Gasholder Park.

More data for increased optimisation of the urban green ecosystem

Some modular green roof installation systems allow remote data control. Such control and analysis can directly increase the efficiency and optimisation of these spaces. The ESPORA modular system enables installations to be automatically managed and controlled through an app that allows you to control data related to the installation’s operation. This information is highly valuable since it shows how the new layer of urban biodiversity is performing and it provides empirical and quantified data about the improved quality of life of the inhabitants.