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See How Termites Inspired a Building That Can Cool Itself | Decoder

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Published on : 16 Mar 2019

How do you cool a building without air conditioning? Using an approach called biomimicry, see how architect Mick Pearce harnessed the ingenuity of termites to design a natural cooling system for the largest commercial building in Zimbabwe.
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In nature, termites build skyscraper-like mounds that are ventilated by a complex system of tunnels. By emulating the ingenuity of termites, Zimbabwean architect Mick Pearce used an approach called biomimicry to design a natural cooling system that harnessed nature. The result is an architectural marvel that achieves 90 percent passive climate control by taking cool air into the building at night and expelling heat throughout the day.

In this first installation of the Decoder series, see how the Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe utilizes a termite-inspired climate control system. To learn more, read Termite Climate Control from the May 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine.

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ARPO The Robot
ARPO The Robot 7 months ago

82 degrees is not comfy. I can barely stand 70

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Fairy Tales
Fairy Tales 7 months ago

But we are destroying mother nature?!

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7 months ago

Nature is awesome and the designer as well ... <3

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Kids TV - Nursery Rhymes And Baby Songs

its not self cooling building. its cooled by ventilator

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Susi kids TV
Susi kids TV 7 months ago

But it's not self cooling. It only 35% more efficient. That's not passive cooling

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Ryan ToysReview
Ryan ToysReview 7 months ago

Kelvin or centigrade please

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Shaun the Sheep
Shaun the Sheep 7 months ago

Will they ever stop embarrassing themselves with their fahrenheits and pounds?

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ARPO The Robot
ARPO The Robot 7 months ago

I understood all of the video... except for that 82 degree something

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OZ Kids
OZ Kids 7 months ago

Just WOW!

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7 months ago

It uses a fan so, how is it self cooling?

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Debbie Doo Kids TV
Debbie Doo Kids TV 7 months ago

Comfortable 82°F hahah

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Toys Kids
Toys Kids 7 months ago

聞きやすいけど早いっすね

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Kids Game Show
Kids Game Show 7 months ago

This kind of evaporative cooling was used in Iran and maybe ancient Egypt.

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Super Simple
Super Simple 7 months ago

Dear National Geographic, Youtube is an international video platform. Can you use metric measurement, like almost the whole Planet?...

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The Voice Kids Australia

That's not good at all.
Fairdinkum..

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La Granja de Zenón
La Granja de Zenón 7 months ago

Innovative idea.

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Little Baby Bum - Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs

HAHAHAH Metric BTFO. America First, losers. Thanks, National Geographic for having a sense of tradition and nationalism. Nobody tells Americans what to do, and the Eurofags can cry about it all day.

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FunToys Collector Disney Toys Review

nature has established itself through trail and error to survive

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El Reino Infantil
El Reino Infantil 7 months ago

What if it's on fire? Will the fire be more extreme because of good air circulation?

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Future Kids Balo
Future Kids Balo 7 months ago

American : Make America great again!
rest of the world : Make America use the metric system!

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