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BiomiMETRIC Assistance Tool: A Quantitative Performance Tool for Biomimetic Design

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Laboratoire d’Ingénierie pour le Développement Durable, École de Technologie Supérieure, 1100 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3C1K3, Canada
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Station Expérimentale des Procédés Pilotes en Environnement, Département de Génie de la Construction, École de Technologie Supérieure, 1100 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3C1K3, Canada
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Département de Management, HEC Montréal, 3000 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, QB H3T 2A7, Canada
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Institute EDDEC, Environnement, Développement Durable et Économie Circulaire, Montréal, QC H3T 2A7, Canada
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Biomimetics 2019, 4(3), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics4030049
Received: 17 June 2019 / Revised: 6 July 2019 / Accepted: 8 July 2019 / Published: 10 July 2019
This article presents BiomiMETRIC, a quantitative performance tool for biomimetic design. This tool is developed as a complement to the standard ISO 18458 Biomimetics—terminology, concepts, and methodology to quantitatively evaluate the biomimetics performance of a design, a project, or a product. BiomiMETRIC is aimed to assist designers, architects, and engineers to facilitate the use of the biomimetic approach beyond the existing frameworks, and to provide an answer to the following question: How can a quantitative evaluation of biomimetic performance be carried out? The biomimetic quantitative performance tool provides a method of quantitative analysis by combining the biomimetic approach with the impact assessment methods used in life-cycle analysis. Biomimetic design is divided into eight steps. The seventh step deals with performance assessment, verifying that the concept developed is consistent with the 10 sustainable ecosystem principles proposed by the Biomimicry Institute. In the application of the biomimetic quantitative performance tool, stone wool and cork are compared as insulation materials used in biomimetic architecture projects to illustrate the relevance and added value of the tool. Although it is bio-based, cork has a lower biomimetic performance according to the indicators used by the biomimetic quantitative performance tool presented in this article. View Full-Text
Keywords: biomimetic methodology; life’s principles; engineering design tool; life-cycle analysis; sustainable design biomimetic methodology; life’s principles; engineering design tool; life-cycle analysis; sustainable design
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Terrier, P.; Glaus, M.; Raufflet, E. BiomiMETRIC Assistance Tool: A Quantitative Performance Tool for Biomimetic Design. Biomimetics 2019, 4, 49.

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