Whether in our homes or businesses or moving between them, staying warm when it’s cold outside keeps us comfortable. When temperatures drop below freezing, staying warm can become a matter of life and death. Around the globe, heating our buildings costs us money and consumes energy, depleting natural resources and contributing to other environmental challenges. What can we learn from nature to more efficiently stay warm? This collection explores some of nature’s strategies for doing just that when the temperatures plummet.
Plants and animals use a multitude of strategies to regulate temperature and keep warm – from fur or feathers, to vascular structures, to group orientation, and more. Emulating these strategies in human designs could help us find new ways to stay warm while conserving energy.Edit Summary