Vegetation elements in the built environment
Traditional architect training is about building with hard materials. Sustainability includes utilising the performance enhancing properties introduced by plants integrated with the building form. This includes:-
In these ways vegetation has both passive and active contributions to building comfort to make.
Vegetation in hot arid locales has preferred growth positions. Morning dew is more likely to form on the shadeside walls of the building. This sustains vegetation there - grass and vine, by moisture dripping to ground against the building face. This position is also consistent with the vegetation contribution to southern wall insulation and cooling air source there to draw into the building.
Visible are the wildlife trimming of the lower stems which the creeper has survived and outclimbed.