Changing paradigm beyond short-term measures for this winter: what low-tech and biomimicry concepts can bring to the buildings’ decarbonisation?
At least two facts call for a paradigm change in the building sector: the tensions on availability of classic building materials and skilled workforce, and the too-slow decarbonisation rate. The continuation of demolition and reconstruction cycle based on fossil-intensive materials (like concrete) doesn’t put us on a clear decarbonisation pathway. Two different concepts can help to have new approaches: low-tech, and biomimicry.
Low-tech refers to an approach looking at a frugality of consumption and production based on technologies easy to use and maintain. For instance, solar-thermal boilers are a good example as they can be self-produced, often at affordable prices, with local and easily accessible resources, while helping to decrease fossil-fuels’ consumption for heating. More and more cities are exploring the concept to increase resiliency of inhabitants and relocating production and competences.
Biomimicry aims at imitating nature and biological systems to decrease human impacts. Getting inspiration on how animals and plants heat and cool themselves can bring innovative buildings design. It is also a paradigm shift: instead of considering which quantity of energy building users needs, it asks the question of which quantity of energy is available on the property and how users can satisfy their needs with these resources.
Join this inspiration session on low-tech and biomimicry for buildings to work for a profound change!