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A Framework for Finding Inspiration in Nature

Biomimicry has attracted the attention of scholars and architects because of its potential for contributing to the design of energy efficient buildings. Given the importance of energy efficient buildings in reducing global building energy consumption, the aim of this research was to investigate the practical usefulness of a framework developed for designing bio-inspired energy efficient office buildings.

Energy Efficiency and Biomimetics

Testing the ThBA for two extreme climates in New Zealand, highlighted the fact that the simple translation of the majority of biological thermal adaptation principles are being used by architects, although for some, the architectural equivalents did not function in exactly in the same way as biological thermoregulation strategies.

SlowLoris

SlowLoris can be web-based and is totally independent of all current energy data visualisation software and complementary energy plugins. It uses the Grasshopper interface and its components to construct graphs. It is mainly targeted at optimising the visual representation of energy results and does not need highly skilled experts to be used effectively.

Biomimetic Technology and Nature Inspiration

Movement and functionality in Calatrava’s works are more pronounced than that of Gaudi due to the different time periods and technological progress as well as the influence of constructivist architects. Calatrava was influenced by Gaudi in architecture. With the tone of the day and utilisation of structure and technology, Calatrava goes beyond his culture and traditions in the modern context.