Biomimicry is the conscious emulation of nature’s genius. Emulation is more than making a copy, rather it is the inspiration and the adoption of the core concepts into our own context. For this to happen, we need to stop, observe, and reflect. This allows us to make the connects which are so often at the basis of discovery. For example, plants use CO2 as a resource for growth. Could humans adapt their processes to consume CO2 instead of generating it? Yes. Enter Brent Constanz, who was inspired by the way corals make reefs from the calcium carbonate in seawaters to invent a process to make cement in a biomimetic fashion, which involves running power-plant exhaust through seawater. This both pre-empts the production of CO2 from Portland cement AND sequesters 90% of the CO2 from the power-plant emissions. A win/win for people and planet.
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Biomimicry is making some amazing inroads in the discovery of nature-tested forms, like the lotus, and processes like the coral reef. Yet the construction industry might yet have the greatest opportunity to learn from the biomimicry of the whole system. For example, the other aspect of the Calera Company’s CO2 to carbonate process is that is links the waste from one industry (power plants) to a resource within another industry. This is how the ecosystem works.
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Biomimicry helps us to recognize nature as a model, a mentor, and a measure. It offers an enlightened opportunity to bring together technology and sustainability. Perhaps this time the world is ready.