The National Science Challenges were established in 2014 and aim to tackle the biggest science-based issues and opportunities facing New Zealand. The Challenges bring together the country’s top scientists to work collaboratively across disciplines, institutions and borders to achieve their objectives.
Biomimetic buildings for climate change adaptation: future generation of facades
Dr Negin Imani Victoria University of Wellington2021 ($200,000)Theme: Materials, manufacturing technology and design
Buildings account for 40% of total global energy consumption. If they could adapt to their surrounding environment, this would reduce their energy use and contribute significantly to climate change mitigation. A building façade that mimics biological adaptation (Bio-ABF) would have the ability to adapt to variable climatic conditions. This would reduce total energy consumption. This project will develop a conceptual Bio-ABF framework using computer modelling based on plant thermal adaptation strategies.. It will then develop a computational technique to evaluate the energy performance of the exterior of the building. The digital module will be tested through a physical model.