Breathe™ is the latest innovation in modular wall solutions from DIRTT Environmental Solutions. Breathe™ is a (patent pending) simple system for incorporating plants into DIRTT Walls. It mounts to the tile layer of the wall, can be retrofitted on existing DIRTT walls with tiles, or can be mounted to any flat, vertical building surface: gypsum, concrete, stone, etc. It is scalable and easily expanded from one panel to a monolithic wall of plants. Designers can incorporate Breathe living walls, or interior plantscapes, to bring nature indoors and beautify and detoxify interior spaces.
High levels of pollutants common in building interiors contribute to illness and lower rates of productivity in the workplace. To address toxic elements circulating in the air and render it fit for human use, most buildings condition air through a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Conditioning air requires energy, further contributing to greenhouse gas production and the cost of building operations. Plant landscapes are known to remove harmful environmental toxins found in building interiors, and can lighten the load of the HVAC system by removing many of these pollutants, resulting in less energy use in buildings.
In addition to its toxin-reducing properties, Breathe™ facilitates biophilic design – design that reflects a love for the natural world. Interior plantscapes can be used to create healing, pleasant spaces. The use of plants indoors, to realize biophilia objectives and improve indoor air quality, has helped secure Innovation Credit 1.2 in LEED projects. Breathe provides a benefit to indoor air quality that no HVAC system can supply, improving interior air quality and promoting occupant wellbeing.