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Study of Beehive and its potential "biomimicry" application on Capsule hotels in Tokyo, Japan

Fragkou, Despoina and Stevenson, Elizabeth Victoria ORCID: 2012. Study of Beehive and its potential "biomimicry" application on Capsule hotels in Tokyo, Japan. Presented at: People and Buildings MC2012, London Metropolitan University, London, UK, 18 September 2012.

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The present research focuses on the biomimicry application of a beehive to Capsule Hotels in Tokyo. The motivation for this investigation is the similar thermal and ventilation requirements between humans and bee colonies as well as the similar typology of the bee combs and capsule rooms. The aim of the current research is to assess the effectiveness of biomimicry strategies based on the example of a beehive so as to provide thermal comfort and reduce the heating/cooling loads of capsule hotels. Laboratory testing indicated the air flow patterns within a beehive. Computer modeling using HTB2 indicated improved thermal comfort under natural ventilation conditions and reduced energy consumption under mixed mode ventilation where biomimicry alterations were incorporated into the capsule hotel design.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:47

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