Are there any examples of using biomimicry to make buildings stronger?



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    Yes. The Eastgate Centre Building in Harare, Zimbabwe is a brilliant example of biomimicry-based construction. The structure does not utilize any central heating or air-conditioning. Instead, the air that enters the building is warmed or cooled by the structural mass, depending on whether the building is hotter than their air, or vice versa. The air is then distributed through the floors of the building via a system of vents, before it leaves the building through chimneys.

    This system is modeled after termite mounds, and the way termites regulate the temperature inside their homes by opening and closing a series of vents throughout the day; they do this in order to regulate the temperature of stores of fungus, which is their food source, and must be kept at a temperature of 87 degrees. 

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    Yes, the Enertia building system uses double walls to create a small atmosphere around the living space, mimicking earth’s atmosphere. The Greenhouse effect heats the building in winter, and natural earth’s tradewinds, cool it in summer.

    The double walls greatly strengthen the building, as does the fact that the walls are solid wood, not stick framing. 

    Thermal energy is stored in the wood’s resin- another example using nature.

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