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      BIOMIMETIC ARCHITECTURE AS A NEW APPROACH FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS THROUGH SMART BUILDING MATERIALS

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          INTRODUCTION

          As skin wraps our body, building envelopes wraps buildings and therefore acts and performs the functions that the skin performs, especially in thermoregulating the building which results in decreasing the energy consumed. The objective of this paper is to establish a building envelope as a living envelope able to control the heat in buildings the same way that nature does with our skin, without the use of electricity or mechanical elements, and hence decrease energy consumption and its devastating effect on the environment. This objective can be reached by using suitable smart building material and integrating it into the architectural design of the building.

          The methodology and objectives of this paper are as follows:

          1. Review the global warming problem, its consequences, and the role of the building sector in this problem.

          2. Study Biomimicry in architecture and its potential to decrease the share of the building sector's role in global warming.

          3. Select a smart building material that would allow the building envelope to perform the same as human skin and review the reasons for its selection.

          4. Application of the selected building material in a case study and perform a thermal analysis simulation.

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            Center for Biomaterial Development, Institute of Polymer Research, GKSS Research Center

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              Journal
              jgrb
              Journal of Green Building
              College Publishing
              1552-6100
              1943-4618
              1943-4618
              Fall 2015
              : 10
              : 4
              : 73-86
              Author notes

              1. Assistant teacher at Housing and Building Research Center 87, Tahrir St., Giza, Egypt- 02 37617092, Mariannessim7@ 123456gmail.com

              Article
              jgb.10.4.73
              10.3992/jgb.10.4.73
              ©2015 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.
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              Pages: 14
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