PARAMETRIC ECODESIGN – AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH FOR IMPLEMENTING ECODESIGN INTO DECISIVE EARLY DESIGN STAGES
The methodology of parametric Ecodesign incorporates proposing reference products for environmental evaluation systematically and will help using life cycle assessment data to optimize product designs and to implement Ecodesign strategies already in the early stages of product development. The parametric description of the reference product correlates technical and environmental data. A comparison of the resulting environmental impacts of a certain design with an appropriate reference of this product is facilitated then. By knowing the potential environmental impacts and by being aware whether selected impacts become higher or lower due to design changes, an optimization of design and environmental performance can be achieved.