Self Sustaining Green Bus Stop (Malaysia)admin
Self-Sustaining Green Bus Stop (Malaysia)
Waiting at a bus stop can be unpleasant with the tropical heat and all the pollution from traffic. It was reported by the Straits Times in 2016 that the level of tiny and toxic pollutant particles commuters inhale at a bus stop could be around 3.5 times higher than at ambient level. A green roof is a great and ecological way to alleviate the heat intensity and improve the air quality at a bus stop. The layer of plants acts as a shade for the bus stop’s roof and will absorb the heat for evapotranspiration, hence reducing the ambient temperature and the amount of heat radiated to commuters. Additionally, the plants can take in and deposit harmful vehicle emissions in the plant tissue or soil, and can thereby purify the air we breathe.
GWS Living Art recently ventured across the border to install Malaysia’s first extensive green roof on a bus stop in Kuala Lumpur. The entire bus stop hides a self-sustaining system that makes the green roof easy to maintain. Rainwater that is not absorbed by the plants can be harvested, filtered and channeled into water tanks disguised as the bus stop seats. Water collected is then pumped back to the green roof, using energy generated by photovoltaic panels (solar panels), and is able to last 7-10 days in the absence of rain and irrigation.
Self-Sustaining Green Roof GaiamatTM
This green roof features our GaiamatTM, a mat made of natural fibers on which vegetation is pre-cultivated. As it is soilless, it is lightweight, is easy to transport and install, and has a lower likelihood of being infested by pests and weeds. The GaiamatTM system can be customized by selecting plant species to fit your needs, whether it is an ultra-lightweight or very low maintenance mat, or to build a small ecosystem. GaiamatTM can be retrofitted onto existing buildings and is a very cost-efficient way of bringing green into your life and the world.
In Singapore, there are schemes to encourage its residents to install green roofs, such as the LUSH3.0 (for buildings) and NParks Skyrise Greenery subsidies. The NParks Skyrise Greenery scheme in particular allows the installation of GWS Living Art’s green roof system to be subsidized by up to 50%.