WIT Press


From Natural Concepts To Sustainable Solutions In The Built Environment

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SDP150851

Volume

193

Pages

12

Page Range

1007 - 1018

Published

2015

Size

2,705 kb

Author(s)

D. Ibrahim, H. Taleb

Abstract

Biomimicry is simply being inspired by nature and making maximum use of intensive research of what works and what is appropriate for this planet’s various environments. This paper was inspired by the role of nature in solving our problems. First, case study problems were investigated and highlighted by conducting a survey in order to limit the scope of the research to specific strategies, which will be covered in the coming parts. Second was a search for the most ideal characteristics around us that endure the same climatic circumstances, asking how they survive and if such a function happening could be a clue to solving the deficiencies of the selected building. Salvadora persica has been chosen as the natural concept. An in-depth study of this plant will be presented along with suggested strategies that could be applicable to the built environment. A case study was selected – a campus in Ajman in the UAE. Detailed analysis was applied before and after applying environmental strategies. This paper proves that many environmental improvements may be achieved by using the biomimicry concept.

Keywords

biomimicry, Salvadora persica, acoustical analysis, thermal comfort, UAE, Ecotect