Another new term I have recently learned is biomimicry. In essence, it is the imitation of nature, which operates in cycles. As an industrial throwaway society, we primarily operate in a straight line, not a circle, according to The Story of Stuffat www.storyofstuff.com. I have been known to use the phrase “tree hugger”, but this video’s scientific argument discussing the industrial process is the first piece of environmentalist information that actually made logical, scientific sense.
These environmental problems have been identified for a long time, but the most effective solutions are complex and an overall solution will likely require a new step in foundational productivity. I learned this phrase during Daryll Fogal’s keynote technology address at the Honeywell Users Group Symposium in Scottsdale, Ariz. Fogal, Honeywell Building Solutions’ vice president of Engineering and Technology, explained that when “you build stuff and it stays built, that is foundational productivity.” It helps slow down the industrial line on which society is currently stuck.
The three terms - Hawthorne effect, biomimicry, and foundational productivity - are finding a place in the HVACR industry as it endeavors to improve efficiencies from manufacturing to installation to preventive maintenance.
I am not quite ready to give up my plastic water bottles and grocery bags…but I’m thinking about it.