We can’t believe our original Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Manchester Metropolitan University which commenced in 2021, is now reaching it’s successful conclusion.
The primary aim of this KTP was to scientifically evidence HYVERT’s environmental and ecological benefits and this was achieved by combining integrated sensing technology with academic validation of the data over a two year period.
Notably, in August 2022, we reached a significant milestone in HYVERT’s evolution; the identification of eight key sustainability measures and in June 2023, with great pride, we installed a HYVERT living wall to the exterior of MMU campus building; All Saints (see above).
All Saints HYVERT remains a live experiment site which is helping us accrue additional vertical green infrastructure environmental data.
Already being UK registered design – Patent Pending, this intense scientific approach has uniquely positioned HYVERT even further as a modular living wall product and equipped us with industry leading knowledge.
Working with Architects and Developers who’ve specified living wall systems within their projects, we’re aware that successfully installing and maintaining them isn’t enough.
Each HYVERT installation will have unique project prerequisites; number of walls, plants, species and location (indoor/outdoor) tailored specifically to the client’s needs.
And the implementation of green infrastructure is frequently linked to ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and TNFD (Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosure) targets and contributing towards BREEAM/NABERS/WELL building accreditations as well as the upcoming Biodiversity Net Gain legislations for UK developments.
So it’s crucial that we, as Biophilic and Green Infrastructure experts, have the ability to provide advanced, meaningful data reporting to support this criteria too.
This desire has led us to embark on KTP2.
We’re excited to publicly share the news that our HYVERT research partnership with Manchester Met is entering the next phase.
Our KTP2 objective will be to develop bespoke data analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities which will enable us to collate data on HYVERT’s benefits (e.g. carbon capture, air/water pollution reduction, rainwater re-utilisation, noise/heat attenuation and biodiversity net gain) and through these advanced and predictive analytics, produce bespoke reporting/visualisation dashboards on the accrued and future sustainability impact.
We will be the pioneers of green infrastructure linking with building management systems to achieve additional industry leading capability to quantify, evidence, and predictively report on the environmental benefits accumulated by our HYVERT living wall system.
And we hope that this innovative approach of interrogating environmental data through applied artificial intelligence will accelerate the interest and uptake of living green infrastructure (HYVERT), in turn helping the UK transition faster to a net zero future which improves both the environment and quality of people’s lives.
The news was also picked up by Insider Media Ltd (North West) publication and you can read about it here.
Left to right, Joseph Rouse HYVERT Scientific Research & Development Lead, Ollie Brighton I Want Plants Operations Director with Dr David Megson and Dr Emma Coulthard from Manchester Metropolitan University.