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Biotecture - BioPanel Hydroponic Living Green Wall System - Wall cladding

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Resilient, modular, hydroponic green wall system designed to be used externally or internally. The modular panels can act as a living wall rainscreen cladding or be retrofitted to an existing wall

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Application

The BioPanel living wall system is suitable for use externally or internally.

 

BioPanel has been fully tested in accordance with the requirements for the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT) and passed all tests for weather tightness, water resistance and wind resistance, confirming its full suitability and compliance for use as a cladding material for commercial and residential buildings.

 

BioPanel can be retrofitted into existing structures or used as a green wall rainscreen cladding in new building projects.

 

 

Description

The BioPanel living wall system uses artificially irrigated and fertigated 'backless’ vegetated cladding panels complete with a natural growing medium. The panels are fixed through a void former and waterproof backing board to cladding rails.

 

The standard panels in Biotecture’s BioPanel green wall system are 600mm wide x 450mm high. When fully saturated the system weighs 75kgs per sqm. 


The panels complete with plants sit on pre-fixed T section recycled aluminium rails which in turn are fixed to a cement particle backing board through the drainage void former material. This ensures that the irrigated zone remains in front of the backing board and there is no chance of any moisture tracking back to the rest of the fabric of the building.


Growing Medium

The BioPanel living wall system incorporates Grodan® as the growing medium. Grodan® is dimensionally stable, chemically inert, and supremely water efficient making it ideal for living walls.

 

Biotecture can work to any dimension by trimming and cutting the edge panels down to suit. This is pre-determined as part of the design process and the plants are pre-grown in the trimmed panels in the nursery prior to being installed. 


Product Sustainability

The shells of the BioPanel living wall system is manufactured from recycled polypropylene and is responsibly manufactured in the UK from 100% recycled materials. The hydroponic growing medium is manufactured in the EU by Grodan who have been awarded an EU EcoLabel for sustainability. Additional Sustainability Information available on request.


Irrigation

Please note that the irrigation tank needs to be located in a weather-tight plant enclosure. A nutrient mix is required to be integrated with the irrigation system.


Support structure:

Support structure to provide maximum 600 mm fixing positions horizontally, 300 mm vertically and 150 mm centres to the perimeter of the wall in exposed locations.


Mechanical, electrical and water services will be required to be provided by others. Other items to be provided by others include irrigation pipelines, drainage route, and aerial wire. Consult manufacturer for details.


Features and benefits:

  • Flexible and resilient hydroponic living wall system
  • Creates full coverage green walls
  • Suitable for Internal and external use
  • Suitable for all sectors including residential and commercial projects
  • Living walls contribute to Biodiversity Net Gain
  • help achieve Urban Greening Targets
  • Improve air quality
  • And enrich spaces
  • BioPanel is Validated by the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT) and Evolve Structural Engineers.
  • Acts as a green wall rainscreen cladding
  • Dry system complies with fire classification B-s2, d0
  • Operational system complies with fire classification B-s2,d2
  • Design consultancy available from Biotecture
  • Plants are selected from the Biotecture database to suit the local climatic conditions.
  • Panels pre-planted and allowed to mature for 8-12 weeks before being installed on site to ensure full coverage from day one.
  • Plant quantity: 60 plants per m².
  • Integrated irrigation system with remote monitoring
  • Low water usage of 2 L/m²/day.
  • Includes seamless corner, window head, jam and cill details, as well as gutter and other interface details.
  • Ensures a minimum of 90% wall coverage by live plants at all times.
  • Designed and assembled to enable safe and easy access for cleaning, maintenance and parts exchange.
  • Maintenance packages available from Biotecture 

General information

Color

Green

Beige

Black

Material

Aluminium

Polyethylene

Steel

Stone

Timber

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Shape

Rectangle

Length

600 mm

Guidance for specification option:

Panel size.

Bespoke

Guidance for specification option:

Living wall size: bespoke to requirements, please contact the manufacturer to discuss.

Width

450 mm

Guidance for specification option:

Panel size.

Bespoke

Guidance for specification option:

Living wall size: bespoke to requirements, please contact the manufacturer to discuss.

Uniclass

Ss_45_40_95_54 Modular unit vertical planting systemsPrimary

CAWS

Q31/292 Prefabricated plant containers

Specification data - Modular unit vertical planting systems

Wall mounting

-

Support structure

Galvanized steel box sections.

Guidance for specification option:

Bespoke, consult manufacturer and insert requirements.

Hilti helping hand system.

Timber battens.

Waterproof membrane

Guidance for specification option:

Insert requirement, durable, water-resistant board of 12 mm thickness. Versapanel Eco sheet or similar backing board. Consult manufacturer for details and insert requirements.

Modular panels

-

Form

BioPanel (vegetated cladding panels).

Guidance for specification option:

Injection moulded panel box to support the growing medium, formed using a black, general purpose polypropylene compound manufactured from recycled polymer. Each tile within the panel includes 16 planting holes (four per strip), with 50 mm diameter to the planting hole. Overall panel size (w x h x d): 598 x 403.5 x 62 mm.

Assembly

On site assembly.

Guidance for specification option:

Hydroponic panel assembled in West Sussex. Panel planting up and allowed to mature for 8—12 weeks before being installed on site.

Growing medium

Grodan PP 100/100.

Guidance for specification option:

Inorganic, chemically inert and dimensionally stable growing medium with a nominal dry density of 16.8 kg/m³. Manufactured by stonewool – high alumina, low silica wool.

Location battens

Aluminium rails.

Guidance for specification option:

‘T’ profile rail carrier system to carry the vegetated cladding panel.

Irrigation

WRAS approved, high density polyethylene break tank, with integral submersible pump.

Guidance for specification option:

  • Capacity: To hold 24 hours of irrigation water supply.
  • Pumping via a reliable pump set, capable of delivering the correct pressure at all drip locations. Water is to be distributed from the pump through zoned solenoid valves via a ring main and header pipes, with control being via a remote sensing computer controller. System is to include a fail-safe pump start relay.
  • Driplines: Irrigation water is to be applied via polypropylene driplines of no less than 16 mm diameter. The drippers are to be in-line, self-flushing and self-cleaning pressure compensated drippers, each operating at a minimum of 1.6 L/h. The system will include the ability for each dripline to be easily flushed on a regular basis. Includes a rigid polyvinyl chloride (PVC) extrusion cover strip to provide improved visual appearance and solar protection to reduce solar gain to the dripline, clipped to irrigation lines using proprietary clips.
  • Pipework: 20 mm HDPE hoseline with barbed fittings.
  • Fittings: Wall/ array fittings, couplers, elbows and T-pieces with non-return valves if required, to suit the installation.


Gutters

90 x 60 x 120 mm, pressed aluminium.

Guidance for specification option:

32 mm outlet.

114 mm wide, plastic.

Guidance for specification option:

Standard. 32 mm outlet.

Planting

Guidance for specification option:

Consult manufacturer for details and insert requirements. Plant species to be included as a series of plant matrices to create an overall planting pattern. Plants are planted into the BioTile® panels a minimum of twelve weeks prior to installation.

Design

As drawing.

As reference.

Colour

RAL, colour.

Guidance for specification option:

Insert colour requirement for guttering, riser covers, copings and window surrounds.

Controller

Heron (or similar approved manufacturer).

Lighting

Not required.

Required.

Guidance for specification option:

Consult manufacturer for details and insert requirements.

Thickness (overall)

82 mm.

Weight

75 kg/m².

Guidance for specification option:

When fully saturated (panels, growing medium and plants).

Fire performance

B-s3, d2.

Guidance for specification option:

If manufactured, installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's requirements.

Drainage layer

Geocomposite high density polyethylene (HDPE) core with a geotextile filter thermally bonded to one side.

Guidance for specification option:

Geocomposite drainage layer comprising a high-performance single high density polyethylene (HDPE) core with a geotextile filter thermally bonded to one side to provide a drainage layer to the rear of the vegetated planted panels, and a waterproof layer in front of the backing board.

Sustainability data

Contains Red List materials

No

Country of product manufacture

United Kingdom

BIM objects

BOS

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Platform Compatible Version
IFC
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1

Revit

Revit 2017

1

Third party certifications

CWCT Certificate

CWCT Certificate

CWCT Testing Results

Constructionline Gold

Constructionline Gold

Constructionline Gold

CHAS

CHAS

CHAS

Literature

Biotecture BioPanel Standard Details Pack 2021

Biotecture BioPanel Standard Details Pack 2021

Biotecture Living Wall CWCT Test Result Report

Biotecture Living Wall CWCT Test Result Report

Biotecture Living Wall Outline Specification

Biotecture Living Wall Outline Specification

Biotecture Living Wall structural engineering assessment

Biotecture Living Wall structural engineering assessment

Engineering Assessment of Biotecture Living Wall System with Respect to Reaction to Fire Classification

Engineering Assessment of Biotecture Living Wall System with Respect to Reaction to Fire Classification

External Cladding, Living Walls and Fire Safety, Best Practice Guide

External Cladding, Living Walls and Fire Safety, Best Practice Guide

BioPanel, The naturally resilient living wall system

BioPanel, The naturally resilient living wall system

Benefits of external living walls

Benefits of external living walls

Biotecture Living Wall Acoustic Report

Biotecture Living Wall Acoustic Report

Biotecture Living Wall - Operational Conditions

Biotecture Living Wall - Operational Conditions

Case studies

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Bell Court Shopping Centre Car Park Living Wall, Stratford-upon-Avon

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Biotecture Highway Living Wall, southampton

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Birmingham New Street Train Station Living Wall

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Cannon Park Car Park Living Wall

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Centrica Offices Living Wall, Oxford

Court No.1, Wimbledon Living Wall

Court No.1, Wimbledon Living Wall

Covent Garden Living Wall

Covent Garden Living Wall

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Fosse Park Shopping Centre, Leicester

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Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3, Gate 25 Living Walls

INTU car park living walls and green infrastructure, Milton Keynes

INTU car park living walls and green infrastructure, Milton Keynes

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Lord's Cricket Ground Living Wall, St John's Wood

MTV Studios Living Wall, Camden

MTV Studios Living Wall, Camden

New Street Square Urban Greening Living Wall, Holborn

New Street Square Urban Greening Living Wall, Holborn

TJX Europe HQ, Watford

TJX Europe HQ, Watford

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The Postal Museum courtyard living wall, London

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Cannon Park Student Accommodation

Cannon Park Student Accommodation

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Living cladding at McArthurGlen Paris-Giverny Designer Outlet

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