Green Building Festival

        Biomimicry in Building


Christopher Sweetnam-Holmes,
Principal, EcoCité Developments
www...
Outline
   Introduction
   What is biomimicry?
   Why biomimicry?
   Biomimic design process
   Historical examples
...
EcoCité Developments
              We believe,

              people should have access to homes that are
              en...
EcoCité Developments
               We believe,

               people enjoy living in interesting spaces,
               ...
EcoCité Developments
               We believe,

               people should be able to feel a connection
               ...
That is to say...
I’m not really an expert in
biomimicry.

But I do find it amazing, inspiring, and filled with
potential.
What is Biomimicry?
 (bios = life. Mimesis = to imitate)
 a new science that studies nature’s best ideas and
 then imitate...
What is Biomimicry?
What is Biomimicry?
What is Biomimicry?
Why Biomimicry?




A: Because the solutions are not evident
Why Biomimicry?




A: Because we have a long way to go to achieve real sustainability.
Biomimic Design Process
Biomimicry in Building - Historically
Why Nature as Inspiration?
1. Nature runs on sunlight
2. Nature uses only the energy it needs
3. Nature fits form to funct...
Nature runs on sunlight
Nature runs on sunlight
Nature runs on sunlight
Nature runs on sunlight
Nature uses only the energy it needs
Nature fits form to function
Nature fits form to function
Nature fits form to function
Nature recycles everything
Nature recycles everything
Nature rewards cooperation
Nature rewards cooperation
Nature banks on diversity
Nature banks on diversity
Nature uses local expertise
Nature curbs excesses from within
Nature curbs excesses from within
Nature taps the power of limits
Nature taps the power of limits
Nature…
1. … runs on sunlight
2. … uses only the energy it needs
3. … fits form to function
4. … recycles everything
5. … ...
Biomimic Design Process
Credits
Janine Benyus and her book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
The Biomimicry Guild
The Biomimicry Instit...
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  1. 1. Green Building Festival Biomimicry in Building Christopher Sweetnam-Holmes, Principal, EcoCité Developments www.ecocite.ca
  2. 2. Outline  Introduction  What is biomimicry?  Why biomimicry?  Biomimic design process  Historical examples  Biomimicry today as it relates to building  Final words
  3. 3. EcoCité Developments We believe, people should have access to homes that are energy efficient, have a lower impact on our environment, have improved indoor air quality, and are walking distance to parks, stores and entertainment.
  4. 4. EcoCité Developments We believe, people enjoy living in interesting spaces, that are filled natural light, have superior ventilation, comfortable heating and cooling, and are easy and inexpensive to maintain.
  5. 5. EcoCité Developments We believe, people should be able to feel a connection with nature, to have a place for a small garden, spaces inside for plants, trees on the street and vegetation integrated with the building.
  6. 6. That is to say... I’m not really an expert in biomimicry. But I do find it amazing, inspiring, and filled with potential.
  7. 7. What is Biomimicry? (bios = life. Mimesis = to imitate) a new science that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. “innovation inspired by nature.” http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org
  8. 8. What is Biomimicry?
  9. 9. What is Biomimicry?
  10. 10. What is Biomimicry?
  11. 11. Why Biomimicry? A: Because the solutions are not evident
  12. 12. Why Biomimicry? A: Because we have a long way to go to achieve real sustainability.
  13. 13. Biomimic Design Process
  14. 14. Biomimicry in Building - Historically
  15. 15. Why Nature as Inspiration? 1. Nature runs on sunlight 2. Nature uses only the energy it needs 3. Nature fits form to function 4. Nature recycles everything 5. Nature rewards cooperation 6. Nature banks on diversity 7. Nature uses local expertise 8. Nature curbs excesses from within 9. Nature taps the power of limits
  16. 16. Nature runs on sunlight
  17. 17. Nature runs on sunlight
  18. 18. Nature runs on sunlight
  19. 19. Nature runs on sunlight
  20. 20. Nature uses only the energy it needs
  21. 21. Nature fits form to function
  22. 22. Nature fits form to function
  23. 23. Nature fits form to function
  24. 24. Nature recycles everything
  25. 25. Nature recycles everything
  26. 26. Nature rewards cooperation
  27. 27. Nature rewards cooperation
  28. 28. Nature banks on diversity
  29. 29. Nature banks on diversity
  30. 30. Nature uses local expertise
  31. 31. Nature curbs excesses from within
  32. 32. Nature curbs excesses from within
  33. 33. Nature taps the power of limits
  34. 34. Nature taps the power of limits
  35. 35. Nature… 1. … runs on sunlight 2. … uses only the energy it needs 3. … fits form to function 4. … recycles everything 5. … rewards cooperation 6. … banks on diversity 7. … uses local expertise 8. … curbs excesses from within 9. … taps the power of limits
  36. 36. Biomimic Design Process
  37. 37. Credits Janine Benyus and her book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature The Biomimicry Guild The Biomimicry Institute www.biomimicryinstitute.org Big and Green : Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century Ed: David Gissen www.n100best.org www.humanshelter.org Michael Jantzen The Natural Step Institute Huston Eubank PeakEnergy.blogspot.com Biomimicry: Are humans Smarter than Sea Sponges? Strategy and Business Magazine – Janine Benyus: The Though Leader MOMA Archives Building’s imitation of a human body’s thermal behavior: B. Todorovic

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