08-07-2010

LiveIN 5 - The healing power of greenery

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LiveIN 5 - The healing power of greenery

In the city as well as in the country, the vegetation around living spaces is a powerful means of controlling climatic factors and consequently, the exchanges of energy within homes: it blocks the wind, helps to cool and reach the right level of humidity through transpiration, and deflects solar radiation during the summer while allowing it to permeate in winter, when the foliage is most bare. The well-known landscape architect Paolo Villa highlighted the importance of greenery within a broader concept of sustainability.

Particularly in the city, where having a garden is a rare luxury, it is important to remember the great potential of "green roof" technology. This technology, which is simple and relatively inexpensive, makes it possible to create extensive green areas by transforming otherwise “lost spaces” into flourishing "raised" gardens which are more airy, sunny and protected from the smog that plagues regular gardens. More and more often, many countries are offering incentives to encourage "roof greening", covering flat or slightly inclined roofs with vegetation. Introduced 15 years ago by the City of Stuttgart, it is currently applied in various German cities; while in Japan, where the scarcity of arable land and green areas is particularly severe in the densely-populated cities, the building codes call for set amounts of both horizontal and vertical green coverings: Tokyo’s new regulation, for example, extends the green covering requirements, making it obligatory for 10% of new surfaces. The efforts to minimize climate change started thanks to the Kyoto Protocol are leading to the creation of a new generation of materials, capable not only of having a smaller impact on the environment during their lifecycle, but especially of improving air quality. Fiandre, which has always distinguished itself for its elegant design solutions and for its sensitivity in terms of eco-compatibility, has designed and manufactured Active Clean Air & Antibacterial Ceramic™, the exclusive, titanium-dioxide-based production process applied to the slabs at high temperatures that purifies the air of pollutants. Active Clean Air & Antibacterial Ceramic™ makes it possible to make porcelain stoneware materials  for floor and wall coverings capable of real antibacterial action and pollutant reduction, respecting the eco-system thanks to the natural mechanism of photocatalysis. From this perspective, Active Clean Air & Antibacterial Ceramic™ is a select material and partner in excellence in the environmental protection policies against the constant increase in atmospheric pollution and acid rain.


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