New developments in the science and art of breathing walls

M.S. Imbabi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution


Breathing walls provide a practical and viable technology that enables provision of high quality indoor environments, uses less energy, and combats urban air pollution. The paper presents a state-of-the-art review of how breathing walls work, the materials used in their construction, and how they can be integrated in environmentally responsive buildings. The latest research findings into life-long particulate and bio-filtration will also be outlined. Design and construction of maintenance-free, modular breathing wall cladding panels and their implementation in actual building projects is briefly described.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Proceedings of the 8th World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC VIII)
EditorsA. A. M. Sayigh
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)ISBN 0-08-044470-9, 978-0080444703
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Event8th World Renewable Energy Congress - Denver, United States
Duration: 28 Aug 20043 Sept 2004


Conference8th World Renewable Energy Congress
Abbreviated titleWREC VIII
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

The author wishes to acknowledge the many talented people who have contributed through their hard work to the development of modular breathing wall systems during the past 5 years. Thanks are also due to the EPSRC, DTI, Scottish Executive and various Industrial sponsors for their financial support.


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