Promoting biomimetic materials for a sustainable construction industry

Olusegun A. Oguntona, Clinton O. Aigbavboa

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Abstract

This paper reviews the current knowledge of biomimicry and its potential in the sustainability of the South African construction industry through selection of materials. Biomimicry is the applied science that derives inspiration for solutions to human problems through the study of nature’s designs, processes and systems. The paper evaluates, promotes and encourages the use of biomimetic materials in the South African construction industry. A review of the extant literature was conducted on biomimetic materials and their applications and roles in the achievement of sustainability in the South African construction industry. The study shows that there is a misconception on bioprospected and biopirated materials as biomimetic materials. The study also found that there are already existing materials that were designed based on biomimicry principles. The paper offers a new approach and strategy to achieving sustainability in the South African construction industry through the use and incorporation of biomimetic materials into construction activities. Hence, it is envisaged that new ideas and innovations will be proffered which require an interdisciplinary collaboration between biologists and other stakeholders in the industry. This study challenges all stakeholders in the South African construction industry to adopt biomimicry in their construction practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-130
Number of pages9
JournalBioinspired, Biomimetic and Nanobiomaterials
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Biomimetic materials
  • Biomimicry
  • Sustainable materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • General Engineering

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