WIT Press


Cost-benefit Analysis Of Living Wall Systems On School Building Skins In A Hot Climate

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ESS140011

Volume

206

Pages

9

Page Range

3 - 11

Published

2015

Size

449 kb

Author(s)

M. Haggag, A. Hassan

Abstract

This study is based on a local green school initiative that takes place at an international school in the city of Al Ain, in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Despite the valuable advantages of the use of living wall systems (LWSs) pointed out by authors in previous research, there is little experience of using this technique, and the additional costs associated with a vegetated living wall installed on a building façade generally concern developers. To get a clear picture of the real financial incentives of using living wall strategies as a high-energy efficient skin, this study investigates a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of the installed LWS, taking into consideration the energy saving and environmental impact of the building skins. The actual installation and running costs of the LWSs are mainly compared with the reduction of cooling loads and increased value of the property, while the related environmental benefits are ignored at this stage.

Keywords

cost-benefit analysis, energy performance, living wall, environmental impact