08 Sep Natural Habitats launch Ronstan Green Screen in New Zealand
A new tensile cabling system, made by Australian based Ronstan Tensile Architecture and distributed in New Zealand by Natural Habitats is set to add momentum and visibility to the green building movement. The product enables designers and architects to realise the aesthetic and environmental benefits of greenery on a scale never seen before, thanks to the lighter and more cost efficient green screen technology.
The cable trellis provides essential structure for climbing and sprawling plants like bougainvillea, wisteria, and ivy to grow vertically without damaging the facade of the building. Internationally, and in New Zealand, the trend towards ‘greening’ buildings is gaining momentum, with the Novotel Hotel and Britomart precinct recently adding green walls by Natural Habitats.
“We’re excited to showcase the potential of this product” says Graham Cleary, director of Natural Habitats. “Take the controversial ventilation shafts for the Waterview tunnel, a green screen enables us to transform that into something visually appealing, and we can do it more efficiently than ever before. It’s the perfect compliment to our existing green wall and green roof technology and offers unprecedented scalability, that’s the inspiring thing from a design point of view”. Auckland University of Technology will be the first to try out the new technology having just engaged Natural Habitats to supply and install a green screen of their own.
Natural Habitats were the obvious choice as our partner for the development of Green Trellis Systems in New Zealand says Rowan Murray from Ronstan. “Our expertise lies in the design, engineering and installation of the tensile cabling systems, however for the project to be a success you need specialist horticultural knowledge. Natural Habitats are able to provide that, as well as being an innovative company who are actively progressing the green movement, values we align with very closely ourselves”.