How It All Took Root: The History of Our Living Wall Technology

“If you can create these beautiful environments anywhere, why wouldn’t you?” This was the thought from Sagegreenlife Founder and CEO, Richard Kincaid, when he was first introduced to the concept of living walls.

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A business partner had approached him about a European company called Biotecture that was making sustainable living walls with hydroponic technology. Richard immediately saw an opportunity to expand and redefine the biophilic design industry in North America.

In his previous role as president and CEO of Equity Office Properties Trust, Richard saw businesses struggle with designing workplaces that not only encouraged productivity, but also fostered mental wellbeing and physical health among employees. Richard started thinking about the intrinsic benefits of nature and greenery, and how these benefits could extend to a broad range of design possibilities. From there, it was only a matter of time before Sagegreenlife was launched with a singular goal.

Build a better quality of life through living design.

From the beginning, Sagegreenlife has aspired to be a leader in the vertical garden market. The patented and proven system sets us apart from other companies and ensures limitless possibilities for architects, designers and end-users.

Sagegreenlife living green walls combine innovation and enhanced aesthetics to improve air quality, increase energy efficiency and enrich health and wellness in every conceivable space. The low-maintenance technology makes the system a versatile and viable design solution creating a visual impact in offices, hospitals, multi-unit buildings, retail stores, museums, restaurants, hotels, virtually any built environment.

The patented hydroponic technology begins with our modular Biotile™ system of Rockwool, a layered basalt rock fiber. Water, oxygen and nutrients are evenly and continuously distributed, resulting in stronger, healthier and longer-lasting plants that thrive in any climate. Our living walls use 75 percent less water than any other living wall product available today, and the Biotile™ ensures a cleaner and more energy-efficient system with minimal maintenance.


Sagegreenlife patent biotile technology

Sagegreenlife is at the forefront of the green building industry reimagining the way people interact with nature. We are committed to designing healthy, sustainable and beautifully captivating spaces that save on heating and cooling costs as well as conserve water supporting the health of humans and the environment.

Our living green walls enable buildings to earn LEED credits in sound abatement, materials and resources, energy and atmosphere, sustainable sites and innovation in operations. We are excited to be part of the green building movement that is shaping the future of architecture and design.

“We want people to think of Sagegreenlife living walls as not only versatile and beneficial, but as a necessary material to include in all types of projects.”
-Richard Kincaid, Founder and CEO of Sagegreenlife