Effects of green curtains to improve the living environment

Masashi Kato, Tsukasa Iwata, Norimitsu Ishii, Kimihiro Hino, Junichiro Tsutsumi, Ryo Nakamatsu, Yoshitaka Nishime, Koji Miyagi, Masakazu Suzuki

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A green curtain means vertical planting of vines over a building surface. It is expected to improve indoor thermal environment of the building in summer, because it has a number of leaves shading a wall surface and windows of the building. However, it is also supposed to be obstacles to natural ventilation. Some experiments were done to confirm these environmental performances of green curtains. Model green curtains for the experiments were made of bitter gourd vines. A questionnaire survey for green curtain users was also carried out in Hamamatsu, Japan, to collect data about the amount of energy saved by green curtains and about the effect of green curtains on natural ventilation in residential houses. Results of the experiments and the survey indicate obvious effects of green curtains on indoor thermal environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpatial Planning and Sustainable Development
Subtitle of host publicationApproaches for Achieving Sustainable Urban Form in Asian Cities
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9789400759220
ISBN (Print)9789400759213
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Green curtain
  • Solar shading
  • Thermal comfort
  • Ventilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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