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Plantabox for Targeting the Urban Heat Island Challenge

Project Member(s): Huang, Y., Torpy, F.

Funding or Partner Organisation: PLANTABOX PTY LTD
Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer (NSW Small Business Innovation & Research program)
Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer (NSW Small Business Innovation & Research program)

Start year: 2024

Summary: The Plantabox system is an innovative, removable garden system which provides a simple and efficient NBS option with a significant portion of many urban centres and building roofs being suitable for retrofitting. Current urban infrastructure is significantly underutilised with many urban area lacking even the most basic public green space amenities. As such, there is opportunity for substantial benefits to be had for densely populated urban centres through the addition of bespoke and removable garden systems. In the proposed study, we will explore the thermal regulation potential of the Plantabox system. We aim to demonstrate the thermal buffer potential of urban green infrastructure in the Western Sydney districts to reduce the thermal load on urban street canyons and surrounding buildings to control the proximal microclimate.

FOR Codes: Building science, technologies and systems, Urban design, Air pollution modelling and control, Climate adaptive plants, Urban planning