In vasoconstriction, thermal regulation happens through heat transfer between blood vessels and skin, these being the internal and peripheral tissues. Thinking of blood vessels as pipes with a fluid flow transferring the thermal energy to where it is demanded in a building, the smaller the diameter of the pipes, the less fluid will flow, and thus, the less heat will be taken away through conduction and convection, due to the temperature difference between the pipes and the adjacent surfaces.
Biomimicry New Zealand
While several biological thermal adaptation strategies are currently translated to and employed in sustainable building design, they, represent at best a simple translation of the intricate mechanisms of thermal adaptation in nature.
A new generation of buildings could be fully-automated, smart buildings that exactly imitate what a living organism does. This requires the architecturally-equivalent thermoregulation solution to function in exactly in the same way as biological strategies do, including almost every aspect of a living being: locomotion, reproduction, growth and development, and respiration, with a complex hierarchical organisation of components
Heat generation is a characteristic of endotherms and maybe that is the reason architects are more interested in animals.
Could buildings imitate living organisms? Negin Imani has created a tool translating natural thermoregulation strategies into architectural solutions.