Year: 2015
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco Cantamessa, Dorian Marjanovic, Monica Bordegoni
Author: Russo, Davide; Serafini, Marco; Rizzi, Caterina; Duci, stefano
Series: ICED
Institution: University of Bergamo, Italy
Section: Design for Life
Page(s): 077-086
ISBN: 978-1-904670-64-3
ISSN: 2220-4334


The number and breadth of eco-improvement methods has been steadily rising over the past deCADes to include design for X methods and more problem-solving oriented software, based on the Russian TRIZ methodology, and the integration of CAE software and optimization techniques. With such heterogeneous approaches, there is a need of a quantitative classification scheme to help the designer in choosing the best method for each environmental scenario. In the present paper, we propose a comparison and classification, based on the number of eco-guidelines and their distribution on standard impact categories, of 17 of the most known Eco-improvement methods. Furthermore, we propose an interactive selection software that gives the user the ability to exclude or give priority to some life cycle phases and impact categories; empowering him to select the most fitting eco-improvement method or to create a list of the relevant eco-guidelines across all the analysed methods.

Keywords: Ecodesign, Lca, Classification


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