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Building for a life-friendly future :: Biomimicry 3.8

Building for a life-friendly future

Cleaner, greener buildings and landscapes that function in harmony with local habitats save money, cut waste, streamline productivity, and create thriving communities. At Biomimicry 3.8, we empower clients to achieve this kind of resilient design by accessing nature’s proven strategies and design successes defined through 3.8 billion years of evolutionary R&D.

Our teams collect, distill, and translate locally relevant ecological intelligence to enable built environment innovators to easily integrate biomimetic solutions into their projects. Incorporating both sustainable functions and aspirational goals that build on the success of existing ecosystems empowers design teams to create projects that not only contribute to healthy, thriving communities, but also meet the standards of a growing number of green building certification programs.

Dreaming our next cities into being begins with a simple question: what would nature do here?
– Janine Benyus, Biomimicry 3.8 Co-founder

 

 

Our services

Biomimicry 3.8 provides ecologically-inspired insights at each stage of the architectural, engineering, and planning processes. Our services integrate biomimetic solutions into the design process at any stage through a facilitated collaboration between experienced biologists and the design team. This begins through our tiered set of place-based services that:

Define the vision, values, and identity of a project to unite the design team around the common purpose of creating conditions conducive to life.

Provide the design team with a locally-attuned catalogue of ecological strategies for a wide range of architectural design challenges drawing knowledge specifically from an identified reference habitat(s) for the project location.

Measure beneficial ecosystem services from the project’s reference habitat and provide a set of performance metrics that allows buildings to meet or exceed the level of ecosystem services—such as storing carbon, purifying water, and ensuring biodiversity—that native ecology would provide.

Our clients include

Our work

Biomimicry has become a proven framework for bringing innovation to the integrated design process. Here’s a set of project examples from our nature-inspired clients:

What a Black-tailed Jackrabbit Can Teach Us About Desert Living
CHALLENGE: Incorporate design concepts from the local ecosystem into a new U.S. Forest Service visitors center.

Designing a Carpet Factory that Functions Like a Forest
CHALLENGE: Make a manufacturing facility functionally indistinguishable from its native forest habitat.

How Arid Landscapes Define Sustainable Development
CHALLENGE: Incorporate ecosystem service functions and biomimetic concepts into the master planning process for a modern, high-performance industrial complex in an arid landscape.

How Biomimicry Led to a Monsoon-Proof Landscape Master Plan
CHALLENGE: Incorporate design concepts from the local ecosystem into master planning for Lavasa, a new city in the hilly region southeast of Mumbai, India.

Our partners

Along with our staff of biologists and designers specializing in biomimicry-based built environment services, we work with a strategic set of organizations including:

International Living Future Institute

This strategic partner evolved to progress a common vision of using nature’s genius to create a truly regenerative world, most recently with a focus on incorporating biomimicry into the Materials Petal and Place Petal of the Living Products Challenge and the Living Building Challenge.

U.S. Green Building Council

Along with being proud members of the USGBC, our co-founder, Janine Benyus, serves on the council’s Board of Directors.

Certified B Corporation

As a Certified B Corporation, Biomimicry 3.8 is committed to using the power of business to combat social and environmental problems, helping innovative leaders solve human problems with the brilliance of nature’s design.

In Site

Through our strategic partnership with In Site, we are able to effectively capture and integrate ecological intelligence to provide clients with high-performance sustainable design inspirations and place-based knowledge.

Chris Allen + Associates

Chris Allen has served as project support to help our clients achieve their long-term sustainable and regenerative development goals.

 

Let us help you build a better world

Tell us your built environment challenges and we’ll get started on a solution. Contact us

Learn more about who we are and what we do

Read more about biomimicry and the built environment:

Mimicking nature can be most sincere indeed
Gulf News | December 16, 2015

American Builders Quarterly Q&A with Janine Benyus
American Builders Quarterly | November 2015

Q&A with Janine Benyus: Why design like nature?
The Dirt, American Society of Landscape Architects | November 3, 2015

Can a Factory Run like a Forest?
GreenBiz, | June 2015