Barriers hindering biomimicry adoption and application in the construction industry

Olusegun A. Oguntona, Clinton O. Aigbavboa

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Attaining the goal of sustainability in the construction industry is a demanding task that comes with numerous challenges and complexities. To overcome these, biomimicry, as the study and emulation of nature’s features, processes and systems for solving diverse human issues offers enormous potential. This research paper sets out to identify and present what constitutes the hindrances to biomimicry adoption and application in the construction industry (CI). The exploratory factor analysis (EFA) technique was employed to attain the aim of the research study. Out of the 120 questionnaires administered to construction professionals, 104 were completed and returned to establish their perception of the barriers to employing biomimicry in the CI. The result of the data analysis established four underlying barriers in order of their significance, namely information and technology, risk and cost, knowledge, and regulations. This methodical modus operandi towards comprehending the taxonomy of the barriers to adopting biomimicry in the CI is imperative for proffering an effective and efficient solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-297
Number of pages9
JournalAfrican Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2019


  • biomimicry
  • construction industry
  • factor analysis
  • nature
  • sustainable construction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Development
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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