Biomimicry: Designing To Model Nature

Biomimicry and biomimetics come from the Greek words bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate. Utilizing an integrated design process can help open up opportunities to identify biological solutions to building problems and include the perspective of nature in the design process—as it is likely that nature already offers a solution.

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Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation design objective branch outlines the steps of applying the process for preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction of historic structures. Treatment plans on how to meet preservation goals while updating building systems, addressing life safety, security, sustainability, and accessibility requirements are also discussed.

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The National Institute of Building Sciences developed the WBDG-Whole Building Design Guide to foster communication and knowledge-sharing among federal, industry and academic partners to advance high-performing facilities.