LEED Certification for Living Walls

  • Sustainable Sites Credit 7.1
    • Landscape Design that Reduces Urban Heat Islands, Non-Roof (1 pt). Exterior green walls reduce the solar reflectance of a structure, thus reducing the urban heat island effect.
  • Water Efficiency Credits 1.1, 1.2
    • Water Efficient Landscaping (1 to 2 pts). Buildings can incorporate a stormwater collection system for irrigation of the green walls and other landscape features. Using only captured, recycled, or nonpotable water may enable the project to achieve this credit.
  • Water Efficiency Credit 2
    • Innovative Wastewater Technologies (1 pt). Green walls can be utilized as wastewater treatment media for gray water. Other features, such as the incorporation of compost tea from a composting toilet, is another way for green walls to aid in the reduction of wastewater.
  • Energy & Atmosphere Credit 1
    • Optimize Energy Performance (1 to 10 pts). Green walls can provide additional insulation and natural cooling, which reduces a building’s reliance on mechanical systems.
  • Innovation in Design Credits 1-4
    • Innovation in Design (1 to 4 pts). Green walls may contribute to innovative wastewater or ventilation systems.