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Hearth & Home August 2020

Parting Shot:
Into The Green

Photo Courtesy: ©2020 Acucraft Fireplaces; Phone: 866-722-1896;

After achieving national renown as a leader in horticulture, Dave MacKenzie – horticulturalist, biologist, and inventor – had sufficient experience to re-think and improve Green roofs as a key contributor to responsible Green building design.

This led to a new company, LiveRoof Global (in 2006), which quickly became the industry standard for quality. This, in turn, lead to customers asking for a new/better way of planting walls (based on similar horticulturally-sustainable design).

Dave and his staff set about designing a living wall system that gave plants “what they need,” namely upright stem orientation, downward growing roots, a soil-based growing medium with beneficial soil-borne microflora, and irrigation that moves downward like rain. Once this was done, the plants grew well, and that led to the founding of LiveWall.

Into that LiveWall a fireplace was inserted. It’s a one-of-a-kind 8-ft. linear burner, nestled into a bed of greenery that forms a stunning tableau. iElements, a premier design studio in San Marino, California, worked with Acucraft Fireplaces to create three fireplaces for this spectacular home.

iElements,; Acucraft Fireplaces,; LiveWall,

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