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Exploring design principles of biological and living building envelopes: what can we learn from plant cell walls?

Xing, Yangang, Jones, Phillip John, Bosch, Maurice, Donnison, Iain, Spear, Morwenna and Ormondroyd, Graham 2017. Exploring design principles of biological and living building envelopes: what can we learn from plant cell walls? Intelligent Buildings International 10.1080/17508975.2017.1394808

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A number of innovations in building envelope technologies have been Received 9 August 2016 implemented recently, for example, to improve insulation and air Accepted 24 September 2017 tightness to reduce energy consumption. However, growing concern KEYWORDS over the embodied energy and carbon as well as resource depletion, is Adaptability; energy beginning to impact on the design and implementation of existing and conservation measures; novel building envelope technologies. Biomimicry is proposed as one ecological design; intelligent approach to create buildings which are resilient to a changing climate, building; green building; embedded in wider ecological systems, energy efficient and waste free. biomimicry; biomimetics; However, the diversity of form and function in biological organisms and adaptable facade; plant cell therefore potential applications for biomimicry, requires a holistic wall approach spanning biology, materials science and architecture. It is considered timely to re-examine opportunities to learn from nature, including in the light of recent understanding of how plant form and function are determined at the cellular levels. In this article, we call for a systemic approach for the development of innovative biological and living building envelopes. Plant cell walls are compared to building envelopes. Key features of cell walls with the potential to inform the development of design principles of biological and living building envelopes are identified and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1750-8975
Funders: Welsh Government and Higher Education Funding Council for WalesFunding Council for Wales through the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment.
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 December 2017
Date of Acceptance: 24 September 2017
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 01:31

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