WHICH GUIDELINE IS MOST RELEVANT? INTRODUCTION OF A PRAGMATIC DESIGN FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY TOOL
DS 68-5: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 5: Design for X / Design to X, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011
Energy efficiency is a topic of high importance in companies nowadays. As a knowledge deficit exists concerning the design of energy efficient products there is a significant need for comprehensive tools and methods supporting the designer to integrate energy aspects into the design process. Existing methods, particularly guideline-based tools are only little user-friendly as they do not support a systematic and selective access to guidelines that are most relevant to solve a specific problems. This paper introduces a new guideline-based tool that provides a hierarchical structure and clustered guidelines and therefore eases targeted access to guidelines most relevant in a certain development context. This tool is intended to allow product designers to reduce the energy consumption of products during material processing, manufacturing, use, recycling and disposal. It is moreover integrated into a design approach for energy efficient products and accordingly serves as a pragmatic tool.