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Termite Inspired Building That Cools Itself

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How do you cool a building without air conditioning? Using an approach called biomimicry, see how architect Mick Pearce harnessed the ingenuity of termites to design a natural cooling system for the largest commercial building in Zimbabwe.

source/image(PrtSc): National Geographic

In nature, termites build skyscraper-like mounds that are ventilated by a complex system of tunnels. By emulating the ingenuity of termites,Zimbabwean architect Mick Pearce used an approach called biomimicry to design a natural cooling system that harnessed nature.Watch the video from National Geographic for more info:

The result is an architectural marvel that achieves 90 percent passive climate control by taking cool air into the building at night and expelling heat throughout the day.

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In this first installation of the Decoder series, see how the Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe utilizes a termite-inspired climate control system.

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