Many architects, planners, and designers are taking ideas from nature when constructing new buildings, a concept known as biomimicry. For example, a building in Harare, Zimbabwe, uses air channels and tunnels inspired by anthills to keep the building cool passively, without the need for air conditioning. Other innovations include covering buildings with vegetation to cool and clean the air, using energy-efficient LED lighting and sensors to reduce energy use in empty rooms, and even bringing urban farming into the mix by, for example, using lemon trees as partitions between desks.
Climate Protection: Reduces emissions from lighting and temperature control; greenery sequesters carbon
Energy & Mobility: Lowers energy use
Food & Water: Expands urban farming
Jobs & Assets: Saves money on energy expenses
Health, Well-Being, & Safety: Vegetation cleans the air and reduces stress levels
Connection: Increases awareness of natural solutions to problems
This post is part of a series on examples of multisolving, or climate-smart policies that simultaneously work to mitigate climate change while providing co-benefits such as the ones described above. The multiple benefits analysis was done using the FLOWER framework.