Most people spend around 22 hours per day inside – but did you know that interior environments can actually contain higher levels of pollutants than the world outside? In an effort to improve indoor air quality and reconnect humans with nature, Finland-based Naava has designed a smart green wall monitored by sensors and artificial intelligence. They describe their product as a “fully automated air purifier, humidifier, and living plant wall all in one,” and they even boast a scientific study to support the claim that their wall sucks pollutants out of the air.
The philosophy behind Naava’s green wall is fairly simple: plants absorb air, the microbes of their roots purify that air, and then fans send the purified air back into the room. Plants grow in a soiless growth medium on the vertical garden, which can be attached to a wall or act as a space divider. It can even be set up on a wheelbase to move freely around a room. The green wall is equipped with an integrated water tank, and doesn’t require natural light as it has a lamp.
Naava co-founder and chief technology officer Niko Järvinen said in a statement, “Every American inhales as much as 3,000 gallons of contaminated indoor air every day…Humans are not at their most efficient and healthiest in an artificial indoor environment. Naava wants to change that and create human-friendly and health-enhancing indoors spaces with the help of the world’s only smart green wall.”
The green walls naturalize 650 square feet of air, according to the company. They say their product reduces harmful chemicals in the air, and a study released online late October in the journal Air Quality, Atmosphere, and Health seems to back that up. Seven researchers from institutions in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom tested Naava’s green wall and found a high level of volatile organic compound removal efficiency, according to the study.
The Naava service team maintains the green walls every four to six weeks, and charges $249 a month for their Nature as a Service solution. The team boasts more than 1,000 smart green wall installations, and recently introduced their green wall to the United States at this year’s Greenbuild. They also recently opened a New Jersey production facility.
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