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Leveraging Energy Efficiency Pathways for the Sustainable Design of Appliances, Buildings and ICT Products

Leveraging Energy Efficiency Pathways for the Sustainable Design of Appliances, Buildings and ICT Products

Year: 2011

Section: Eco-Design, Sustainable Manufacturing, Design for Sustainbility

Editor: Chakrabarti, A.

Author: Krishnan.S. S; Balasubramanian.N; Subrahmanian.E; Krishnamurthy,Ajay; Ramakrishnan.A. Murali; Venkatesh.V; Ramakrishna.G

Section: Eco-Design, Sustainable Manufacturing, Design for Sustainbility

Pages: 472-479

Abstract

Design is a complex activity and can be viewed as a solution to heterogeneous requirements from different stakeholders including customers, markets, regulators and manufacturers. Traditionally, the environment and society have not been considered as stakeholders. However the impact of the design activity on the environment is extensive and often irreversible. Such impact includes resource depletion and degradation, soil, water, noise and air pollution, and increasing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.In this paper, we present experimental results on specific energy consumption (SEC) in a number of manufacturing processes. We propose a process model of sustainable design and manufacture, the various components that form this paradigm, and energy efficiency metrics based on our measurement of various discrete manufacturing processes. Lifecycle analysis, energy efficiency and material innovation and recovery provide major pathways to enable the transition from business as usual to an environmental and societal cost inclusive economic system. We survey the potential impact of the design of appliances, buildings and ICT products on the environment.

Keywords: Eco-Design, Sustainable Manufacturing, Design for Sustainability.

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Design is ubiquitous; it pervades almost all spheres of life, and has been around as long as life has taken up the task of purposefully changing the world around it. Research in design and the emergence of a research community in this area has been relatively new, its development influenced by the multiple facets of design (human, artefact, process, organisation, and the micro- and macro economy by which design is shaped) and the associated diversification of the community into those focusing on...

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