College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Phil Barlow, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Sustainability in construction has been increasingly popular and detrimental with the state of the planet and climate change. One of the more popular solutions is the addition of plant façades to a building, which are plants that are put on the vertical of a building. The benefits that come with plant facades include and are not limited to: Reduction of the urban heat island effect, improved air quality, local job creation, improved energy efficiency, building structure protection, noise reduction, increased biodiversity, urban agriculture. These benefits are not reaching their full potential because these plant façades keep dying creating a bigger waste than if not installed at all. The main purpose of this paper is to look at what goes into keeping a plant façade alive and why they keep dying. With the addition of interviews from current landscape architects, we can conclude whether or not newly proposed ideologies such as integrating landscape architects earlier in the design process or biocurtains will help remedy this problem. These newly inputted opinions and facts may ultimately lead to a lot more green covered buildings and a reduction in greenhouse gases, while also increasing funding and research on the subject.