Ventilated nests remove heat and gas: mound-building termites
Mounds of macrotermitine termites maintain homeostasis through tunnels, chimneys, and use of wind creating pressure fields.
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|Use for low-cost ventilation of buildings.|
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"Heat generated by the termites and their gardens in the core of the nest flows into the collecting pipes and rises in the chimneys at a rate of about five inches per minute. As this humid CO2-rich air flows up the chimneys it draws cooler air in through the cellar area under the nest, where it begins to flow up into the various chambers…The buttresses are riddled with tiny holes too small even for the termites but large enough for the warm stale air to diffuse out while cooler fresh air percolates in." (Gould and Gould 2007:139)
IUCN Red List Status: Unknown
Habitat(s): Grassland, Savanna
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Use for low-cost ventilation of buildings.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: ConstructionEastgate Centre building -
Upper Riccarton Community and School Library - Passive ventilation
Wolfson School of Engineering at Loughborough University