In SWS we are fully aware of the benefits of trees in the urban environment, hence we provide technology and solutions for improving the integration of our still green friends in urban environments.
We also provide technical consultancy from concept design stage to on-site works and maintenance, this to support in the improvement of development conditions of trees in our cities.
Besides their basis function as “urban lungs” plant presence is an element perceived by citizens in a percentage above 80% as a key point to improve urban landscape, specially on its emotional perception. In Spain 79% of his inhabitants live in cities with more than 10.000 citizens.
It has been demonstrated in all studies of urban landscape that vegetal presence is a key element.
Perception is more positive as healthier plants thrive, and a good nexus exists between them and the built elements.
For example, criteria to select species in correspondence with the space to inhabit, distance to facades, proper adaptation to the environment they will occupy,… all can generate important benefits with the improvement of tree maintenance management e.g. reducing pruning to avoid building affections or infrastructures, reducing phytosanitary treatments using a larger range of species with other more resilient, etc. All of these elements have positive environmental, economic and social outcome.
SWS provide Solutions that can be used in Urbanization projects that help securing former beneficial effects for root systems development, and in addition, all those Technologies avoid future problems in pavements around tree pits, due to the survival feature that leads to pavement breaking produced by the roots when they don’t find proper conditions for their development.
An increase in the urban atmosphere depuration (reducing CO2 and a list of different pollution elements that appear in urban air).
Heat Island Effect reduction.
Energy use reduction in AC systems in the lower levels of buildings due to the shadow cast by trees (from 2 to 5 ºC temperature reduction).
Positive psychological effects in humans due to presents nature closeness.
Support for bird nests in urban environment (with the positive effect in pest control, organic rest and positive psychological effect due to fauna presence).
Healthy developed urban trees increase property values in the area.
The required room to grow
In normal conditions there are scarcity of enough of soil volume with proper air and water infiltration, suitable for being explored by root systems within urban environments, it is reduced just to tree pits and near surroundings in the building systems used nowadays.
Permavoid SC system allows placing pavements and road traffic with speeds below 30 km/h, creating a sublevel of soil increasing volume available for root development and improving tree growth conditions.
3D Load structural support
“Improving life quality of trees in cities means improving life quality of those who take shelter below their canopy and enjoy all the benefits they generously share with us” (E. Casado)
Load Bearing system
Treebox HP system allows pavement support and can handle vehicle traffic below 30 Km/h, creating a sublevel of soil volume, increasing availability for root development and improving tree conditions.
The system reduces noticeably container effect of present urban building systems which come from a reduced soil volume to be explored by root system, and reduce the need of mechanical anchoring of tree structure.
““Tree integration in cites improves landscape perception in a meaningful way”.
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