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  • solar technology inspired by photosynthesis

    "Compared to conventional silicon based photovoltaic technology, Dyesol’s technology has lower cost and embodied energy in manufacture, it produces electricity more efficiently even in low light conditions and can be directly incorporated into buildings by replacing conventional glass panels rather than taking up roof or extra land area." - manufacturer - biomimetc products

    Posted at December 11, 2008 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Biomimicry Guild goes large in the built environment

    Biomimicry, the interdisciplinary practice of adapting nature’s solutions to human designs and inventions, has made a big move into the built environment. The international architecture and engineering firm HOK has announced an alliance with the Biomimicry Guild, the preeminent biomimicry consultancy, with the aim of integrating “nature’s innovations in the planning and design of buildings, communities, and cities worldwide.” The alliance has begun its work by exploring the use of “bio-inspired ideas” in ...

    Posted at December 10, 2008 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • from the Biomimicry Institute

    Biomimicry brings nature’s solutions to design problems and brings current internet technology to the biomimicry discussion., created by the Biomimicry Institute, offers the beginnings of an encyclopedia of nature’s solutions to common design problems such as structural support, adhesion, energy harvesting, and cleaning. Natural design solutions are linked to products based on that solution when they are available (an entry on photosynthesis, for example, links to an entry on dye-based solar cells). Each entry ...

    Posted at December 10, 2008 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • 350 ppm

    Global warming is happening faster than predicted and human activity is responsible. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. 350 is the number that leading scientists say is the ...

    Posted at December 10, 2008 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • The Case For Deconstruction.

    In October of 2006 the developer and design-build team of the ‘Uptown Monterey’ project [Trader Joe's] committed to making it the first LEED certified shopping center in the state of California… with little to no flexibility in the schedule or budget. A key component was the deconstruction of a former grocery store on site, followed by the reuse of salvaged building materials in one of the new buildings. In August 2008 the project finally received its long-awaited ...

    Posted at November 11, 2008 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
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