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Biomimicry: Changing HVAC Energy Consumption (and  thousands of other things)

Posted by Ginger Juhl on Jun 22, 2017 1:56:24 PM

We talk a lot at Encycle about how the communication among honey bees inspired our Swarm Logic HVAC energy management software. This is just one example of biomimicry – the art and science of mimicking the elegant simplicity of mother nature to solve complex human problems. There are literally thousands of examples of biomimicry in action.

  • Wind turbine blades inspired by the flippers of humpback whales that are 40% more efficient
  • Smart phone chips that copy the way the brain and ears work together to separate signal from noise
  • Large building complexes that use 90 percent less energy by mimicking the cooling chimneys and tunnels of termite dens
  • And, in our case, rooftop air-conditioning units that leverage the way bees work together for the mutual benefit of the hive to cut energy consumption by 15-25%

These are just a few of the ways we’ve copied nature to make our lives better. 

If you missed our latest white paper on the fascinating world of biomimicry and how it’s probably already improving your life, we invite you to download it now.  Please feel free to share this with your colleagues.  We encourage it!

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Topics: Biomimicry, Energy Efficiency, HVAC efficiency, HVAC Control