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Vertical garden named as world’s largest | 16 June 2014

Buildings in Singapore have managed to overcome the state’s much-publicised land scarcity – by growing vertical gardens.

With space for greenery almost non-existent in some areas of Singapore, owners of high-rise properties have taken a new approach to the matter, by growing plants on the sides of their building. Now, the Tree House in District 23 has been awarded a Guinn ess World Record for cultivating the largest vertical garden on earth.

The 24-storey building, which was completed by City Developments Limited in 2013, features a 2,300 square metre vertical garden to help offset its environmental impact. Not only that, the plants act as natural insulation for the building, whilst also fi ltering pollution and absorbing heat to lower the energy needed to cool individual units.

All of this means that each owner of units in the Tree House can expect to save around 24,000 Singapore dollars (US$19,200) every single year, wsj.com notes.

The gardens are just one aspect of an ongoing property revolution within Singapore, as developers are testing themselves to create the most energy saving buildings possible, whether it’s through vertical gardens or rainwater harvesting and sun-shading e xteriors.

Commenting after the award was given, City Developments Limited deputy chairman Kwek Leng Joo told businesstimes.com.sg: “We have continuously pushed the boundaries with breakthrough sustainable designs and features as well as state-of-the-art technologies.”

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