Providing sustainable environmental solutions for a changing climate.
Precinct scale bioretention, stormwater harvesting and treatment solutions for a sustainable future. Our spatially efficient design has been used in some of Melbourne’s most iconic sites including Fitzroy Gardens, Birrarung Marr and Darling Street in East Melbourne.
Space saving stormwater treatment to make land available for additional development compared to traditional raingardens. We combine engineering, water sensitive urban design and ecological principles to the way bioretention and stormwater harvesting systems are designed, installed and maintained.
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Foodwall for space and water efficient vegetable and herb growing at home, the office and schools. A free standing and modular greenwall, coolwall, livingwall and vertical garden. Foodwall is used for urban retrofit resulting in increased green spaces and making previously unproductive hardscapes food bowls for the community.
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Biofilta has a vision to help transform cities into catchments and foodbowls. To deliver this vision, Biofilta has developed innovative designs, product and construction techniques to capture, treat and store stormwater from our urban environments in a spatially efficient and flexible manner. Our system approach allows the creation of smart “mini-catchments” in our cities and naturally removes pollutants to provide fit for purpose water at a cost less than current potable supply. Urban food is an important issue to tackle as the pressure on resources and space compete to drive the cost of feeding our community. To help transform our cities into foodbowls, Biofilta has developed a modular, wicking vertical garden system. This ultra-water efficient soil based vertical garden allows easy access to vegetables and saves space. Combined with harvested rainwater and onsite composting, the Foodwall can truly help to reduce food miles to metres and assist with the future challenge of sustainable living.
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Getting kids involved with growing food is a key step to changing future attitudes and habits. We recently featured on Ch 10’s Scope program which breaks science down for school aged kids in a fun way. The segment is also a great summary of how our system works and why its so water efficient.
Apartments are springing up everywhere it seems and developers are keen to lure potential buyers with all sorts of sustainability claims. Few developments though have meaningful ways of sustaining residents with food due to the space and effort typically required. A new townhouse development in Ascot Vale, Melbourne, call St Leonards Road (http://stleonardsrd.com.au/) has combined[…]
The first harvest from The Cape (http://liveatthecape.com.au/) community garden has just been picked on the weekend, only 7 weeks after the garden was planted! A large volume of spinach, silver beet, kale, lettuces and bok-choy was collected and donated to The Community Meal initiative in Wonthaggi, a free meal provided every Monday night for between[…]
We just harvested 4.72kg of Kale from 3 Foodwall tubs today worth an amazing $101.15 as compared to chopped kale prices from a leading supermarket. The kale was grown in 8 weeks in our Foodwall Step below from 3 tubs. That’s 0.780kg of Kale per tub per month. At supermarket prices of $21.42/kg, our wicking[…]
How have you all bean? Our beans are going well actually! Check out the amazing broad beans growing in the Foodwall at the CEO’s home garden. Can’t wait to get into these. Because the Foodwall tubs provide constant optimal moisture from the bottom, the beans never get stressed and can reach their potential. We have[…]
Doncaster Secondary school located in Melbourne’s east engaged Biofilta to develop a concept that turned a concrete 4 square area into a garden oasis that fitted with the overall master plan of a modern school garden. Initially, the master plan sketch called for our vertical Foodwall system to maximise the productive space available by stacking[…]
Biofilta completed our latest install at Poets Garden, Elwood which saw the installation of a massive 14 metre, 3 tier Foodwall system. The existing garden is a wonderful community lead garden with raised beds. The raised beds take up a lot of area and only a certain amount are available for allocation to residents. The[…]
Biofilta recently completed a rain garden rejuvenation project for the City of Greater Geelong in Drysdale. The existing basin was completely overgrown with weeds, clogged and had design issues with short circuiting of flow, overflow causing erosion and no sediment collection. The team of Biofilta and Australian Ecosystems removed the existing material, replaced the media[…]
We are excited today to read the Cranbourne Leader article about the Casey Grammar School garden designed and installed by Biofilta.
With our urban food bowls shrinking, we need to find ways to feed ourselves in less space or we become more reliant on importing from further and further afield. Melbourne’s fresh food bowl for example has been reported to shrink from 41% grown locally[…]
Biofilta is proud to have designed and delivered the advanced vertical and horizontal wicking garden systems for the Casey Grammar School garden in Cranbourne, Victoria. The system is now going great and the kids are starting to learn about the cycle of food that they[…]
When space and environmental outcomes are of critical importance, Biofilta’s integrated water management approach makes sense. The Gateway Plaza shopping centre expansion in Leopold, Victoria is a 6.5ha commercial development project which is located in flood prone area, has limited outfall capacity and is close to[…]
Stormwater treatment and urban food specialist, Biofilta Pty Ltd designed and installed a pop-up community garden in Davis Street, Kensington in 8 hours this week. The City of Melbourne has recognised that greening laneways with productive gardens is a great way to build communities and tackle the fact that Melbourne’s food bowl is shrinking at[…]
“Sustainable Living through Food, Water and Coffee” Biofilta and Red Star Coffee featured in a two page spread in the latest edition of Café Culture magazine. Check it out online here.
This is one of the most inventive uses of Foodwall we have seen yet! Here is a 7 metre Foodwall sitting underneath two large sliding windows which means you can harvest from the top-tier while you are making breakfast, lunch or dinner! Whether you are making a healthy salad, a side of vegetables or herb[…]
We are honoured to have received an unexpected letter of gratitude from Diane Embry, CEO of Uniting Care South Port. In the letter Diane says “We are writing to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for your recent donation of fresh produce from your Urban Garden Foodwall on Bay Street. Your generosity enables us to[…]
We really enjoyed helping a couple have a sustainable garden that means they could go away in the caravan for the weekend and come home to alive tomatoes. The combined 84 litres of stored water in this 2-Tier x 2-Bay Foodwall connected to a raintank is the perfect solution to keep your vegetables alive without[…]
On Christmas Eve the Foodwall team installed this 3-Tier x 3-Bay Foodwall for an inner Melbourne customer with limited backyard. Up and running for the Christmas, this Foodwall was a gift from a Dad to his family who love to grow vegetables at home but only enough have outdoor area for the kids and family[…]
After reviewing multiple garden products to turn their balcony into an urban food oasis, the Port Philip Housing Association (www.ppha.org.au/) decided that a 3-Tier x 2-Bay Foodwall was the best solution. This is because of the space saving and reduced weight attributes compared to conventional wicking garden beds. The Foodwall weighs significantly less than rock[…]
How do you get maximum food yield per square metre at home? Line a corner of your backyard with a Foodwall! This happy urban farmer has a 3-Tier x 4-Bay and 2-Tier x 2-Bay Foodwall capable of producing 3.5 kg of produce per tub a year. With 12 tubs in the first Foodwall and 4[…]
At the Red Star Espresso Bar (162 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria) we have installed a large vertical garden that takes up 4 sq meters, and provides 12 sq meters of garden beds, and we estimate this will produce enough fresh vegetables for 2 people per annum.
Water which flows from the apartment site (i.e. runoff from the terraces and overflow from the roof water tanks) is stored within a primary detention tank. The function of this tank is to provide short term storage in order to capture the runoff from the site during the storm event. The water in this tank is[…]
By embracing innovative design, Melbourne is pioneering sustainable city living with an expanding population. One of these innovations is being showcased on the world stage on the touring BlackBOX design exhibition. The system developed by Melbourne company Biofilta Pty Ltd, is helping to transform cities into water catchments. Mr Marc Noyce, co-inventor and Biofilta CEO said “We are[…]
Read the full article “Stormwater harvesting system one of 64 Melbourne designs celebrated at Milan BlackBOX exhibition” here.
City of Melbourne and Biofilta featured in US Metropolis Mag Guide to the World’s Most Liveable Cities. “Some of Melbourne’s oldest open spaces are working hard beneath the surface, housing major water-harvesting infrastructure thanks to the City of Melbourne and Biofilta. Last February, one of the largest system—two underground tanks that hold a total of[…]
We were very pleased to assist this home owner with his inner Melbourne renovation. He had allocated an area for a vertical garden and was very pleased to discover Foodwall as the perfect fit for his area. The result was a Foodwall integrated into his renovation design to enable food production in a space constrained[…]
Feed a family with fun, sun, soil, water and a Foodwall. This family has a Foodwall exploding with flavour, vitamins and essential minerals in the form of a vegetable and herb bonanza! We caught up with our Cranbourne residential installation to see how a typical family of 4 (primary school boy and younger girl) were[…]
The brand new, cool looking Foodwall is has been used as a ‘Coolwall’ for Warrnambool Council. The Foodwall provides an attractive living green façade to the council building and also acts as a cooling screen for the glass brick wall of the Art Gallery. Foodwall can help reduce urban heat island effect by increasing green[…]
Biofilta has completed a stormwater harvesting, treatment and recirculation system for Townsville City Council at the Townsville Recreational Boating Park (TRBP). The Biofilta System was selected by the Townsville City Council due to its spatial efficiently reducing the required WSUD footprint from 3,200 sq. metres to an above ground footprint of only 360 sq. metres whilst meeting[…]
Biofilta has completed its first project in north Queensland at The Sands Estate, Tannum Sands. The Sands Estate is located approximately 5km south of the town of Tannum Sands. The development site is generally located between Wild Cattle Creek to the northeast, and Tannum Sands Road to the west. The overall site area proposed for[…]
Biofilta was engaged by Lend Lease to supply and install a compact stormwater harvesting and treatment system for the iconic GTV9 Studio redevelopment in Richmond. The system includes our unique treatment train and stacked tank configuration to provide 75m³ of primary storage which is then filtered through a 3 tier 50m² Biofilta vegetated planter. Filtered[…]
Birrarung Marr is an 8ha Park on the Yarra River’s north bank next to Federation Square and its also Melbourne’s newest major park. Opened in 2002, it hosts events and festivals and now hosts one of Melbourne’s largest stormwater harvesting systems. Integrated stormwater management doesn’t get any more integrated into the fabric of an urban[…]
Fitzroy Gardens is a one of Melbourne’s iconic inner city garden parks and attracts 2.8 million visitors per year. The site is high profile and has been operated by the City of Melbourne as a public garden since 1917, with the land originally set aside as a public reserve in 1848. The Gardens are now[…]
The Euneva Ave Carpark Building Biofilta System provides for the capture and treatment from the entire 1,700 m2 site and provides treated stormwater for the two green walls of the 6 level carpark as well as the irrigation needs for the surrounding landscape. The Biofilta system was selected for its unique ability to provide a[…]
The first major Biofilta bioretention system was built in partnership with the City of Melbourne and Citywide in 2011. This system is located on and under Darling Street, adjacent to Darling Square in East Melbourne. The Darling Street installation utilises the Biofilta bioretention system as part of a robust and logical treatment train. Much of[…]