Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series 2018
Who: Negin Imani, Victoria University
When: Thursday, 26 April 12:00 – 13:00 Where: LBLT118
The practice of biomimicry has for decades transformed human technologies into more sustainable techniques. However, what is not be addressed by most of the papers documenting these examples is the process by which the bio-inspiration was identified.
There are only so many articles about building form or material inspired by frogs’ eyes or polar bear fur before the question of how to find the next bio-inspiration arises. And then, could the search for a novel building design be a general approach used by researchers assisting them to find the relevant biological solution(s) for the design issue at hand.
To be able to systemically design innovative sustainable and energy-efficient buildings to benefit both the occupants and the environment, a generalised biomimetic design framework seems to be required.
Innovative solutions for reducing energy consumption in office buildings and achieving gains in terms of personal comfort have been demonstrated to improve comfort as well as sustainability. This research introduces for a series of case study buildings a systematic process that can be used to methodically connect design challenges to possible solutions nature uses to regulate heat or adjust the light.