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Inspection of Biomimicry Approaches as an Alternative to Address Climate-Related Energy Building Challenges: A Framework for Application in Panama

by 1,†, 1,†, 1,†, 1,2,† and 1,3,*,†
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Research Group in Energy and Comfort in Bioclimatic Buildings (ECEB), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universidad Tecnológica de Panama, Panama City 0801, Panama
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Centro de Investigaciones Hidráulicas e Hidrotécnicas (CIHH), Panama City 0801, Panama
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Centro de Estudios Multidisciplinarios en Ciencias, Ingeniería y Tecnología (CEMCIT-AIP), Panama City 0801, Panama
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Current address: Avenida Domingo Díaz, 0819 Ciudad de Panama, Panama City 0801, Panama.
Biomimetics 2020, 5(3), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics5030040
Received: 19 June 2020 / Revised: 22 July 2020 / Accepted: 1 August 2020 / Published: 24 August 2020
In the Panama context, energy consumption in the building sector is mostly related to the conditioning of indoor spaces for cooling and lighting. Different nature strategies can be mimic to strongly impact these two aspects in the building sector, such as the ones presented here. A comprehensive analysis regarding literature related to biomimicry-based approaches destined to improve buildings designs is presented here. This analysis is driven by the increasing energy regulations demands to meet future local goals and to propose a framework for applications in Panama. Such biomimicry-based approaches have been further analyzed and evaluated to propose the incorporation of organism-based design for three of the most climate types found in Panama. Consequently, a SWOT analysis helped realized the potential that biomimicry-based approaches might have in improving the odds of in meeting the local and global regulations demands. The need for multidisciplinary collaboration to accomplish biomimicry-based-designed buildings, brings an increment in the competitivity regarding more trained human-assets, widening the standard-construction-sector thinking. Finally, the analysis presented here can serve as the foundation for further technical assessment, via numerical and experimental means. View Full-Text
Keywords: biomimicry; buildings; energy efficiency; energy regulations; SWOT analysis biomimicry; buildings; energy efficiency; energy regulations; SWOT analysis
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Chen Austin, M.; Garzola, D.; Delgado, N.; Jiménez, J.U.; Mora, D. Inspection of Biomimicry Approaches as an Alternative to Address Climate-Related Energy Building Challenges: A Framework for Application in Panama. Biomimetics 2020, 5, 40. https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics5030040

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Chen Austin M, Garzola D, Delgado N, Jiménez JU, Mora D. Inspection of Biomimicry Approaches as an Alternative to Address Climate-Related Energy Building Challenges: A Framework for Application in Panama. Biomimetics. 2020; 5(3):40. https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics5030040

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Chen Austin, Miguel, Dagmar Garzola, Nicole Delgado, José Ulises Jiménez, and Dafni Mora. 2020. "Inspection of Biomimicry Approaches as an Alternative to Address Climate-Related Energy Building Challenges: A Framework for Application in Panama" Biomimetics 5, no. 3: 40. https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics5030040

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