Creating Built Spaces

Achieve resilient, sustainable building designs

At Biomimicry 3.8, we empower clients to achieve resilient, sustainable design by accessing nature’s proven strategies and design successes defined through 3.8 billion years of evolutionary R&D.

"When the forest and the city are functionally indistinguishable, then we know we’ve reached sustainability." – Janine Benyus, Biomimicry 3.8 Co-founder

Cleaner, greener buildings and landscapes that function in harmony with local habitats save money, cut waste, streamline productivity, and create thriving communities.

To help clients achieve this kind of design, Biomimicry 3.8 provides ecologically-inspired insights at each stage of the architectural, engineering, and planning processes. Our services integrate biomimetic solutions into the design process at any stage through a facilitated collaboration between experienced biologists and the design team.

Our teams collect, distill, and translate locally relevant ecological intelligence to enable built environment innovators to easily integrate biomimetic solutions into their projects. Incorporating both sustainable functions and aspirational goals that build on the success of existing ecosystems empowers design teams to create projects that not only contribute to healthy, thriving communities, but also meet the standards of a growing number of green building certification programs.

This begins through our tiered set of place-based services that:

Design generous built spaces

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-20-55-amWe help project teams define the vision, values, and identity of a project to unite the design team around the common purpose of creating conditions conducive to life through our methodology that guides the development and integration of environmental performance standards to create positive impact to the local ecosystem. Our services align and support the team’s aspiration goals.

Utilize biomimicry research expertise

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-21-04-amWe provide the design team with a locally-attuned catalogue of ecological strategies for a wide range of architectural design challenges drawing knowledge specifically from an identified reference habitat(s) for the project location.

Employ ecosystem performance standards

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-20-38-amWe measure and report out on beneficial ecosystem services from the project’s reference habitat and provide a set of performance metrics that allows buildings to meet or exceed the level of ecosystem services—such as storing carbon, purifying water, and ensuring biodiversity—that native ecology would provide, allowing our clients to measure impacts and illustrate how projects go beyond sustainability to deliver ecosystem services.


By accessing the powerful intelligence embedded in 3.8 billion years of evolution, we have collaborated with innovation teams and individuals at a diverse set of companies around the world to help them achieve competitive advantages through biomimicry.

Biomimicry has become a proven framework for bringing innovation to the integrated design process. Here’s a set of project examples from our nature-inspired clients:

What a Black-tailed Jackrabbit Can Teach Us About Desert Living
CHALLENGE: Incorporate design concepts from the local ecosystem into a new U.S. Forest Service visitors center.

Designing a Carpet Factory that Functions Like a Forest
CHALLENGE: Make a manufacturing facility functionally indistinguishable from its native forest habitat.

How Arid Landscapes Define Sustainable Development
CHALLENGE: Incorporate ecosystem service functions and biomimetic concepts into the master planning process for a modern, high-performance industrial complex in an arid landscape.

How Biomimicry Led to a Monsoon-Proof Landscape Master Plan
CHALLENGE: Incorporate design concepts from the local ecosystem into master planning for Lavasa, a new city in the hilly region southeast of Mumbai, India.

Explore More of Our Work Examples

Our projects in the news

Mimicking nature can be most sincere indeed
Gulf News | December 16, 2015

American Builders Quarterly Q&A with Janine Benyus
American Builders Quarterly | November 2015

Q&A with Janine Benyus: Why design like nature?
The Dirt, American Society of Landscape Architects | Nov. 3, 2015

Can a Factory Run like a Forest?
GreenBiz, | June 2015

Contact us

Want to talk to our team? To set up an appointment to learn more about how Biomimicry 3.8 can help you create built spaces, email or call +1 406 543 4108.

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