An exploratory study to integrate feasibility into the eco-design process: An approach to link design and environmental parameters

DS 87-1 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 1: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Bratec, Florian; Matta, Nada; Reyes, Tatiana; Troussier, Nadčge; Diaz Pichardo, René; Voinot, Thibaut; Jouanne, Guillaume
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: University of Technology of Troyes, France; 2: Groupe ESC Troyes, France; 3: Altermaker, France
Section: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies
Page(s): 239-248
ISBN: 978-1-904670-89-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


To support environmental practices in industrial design, many software tools have been developed. These tools aim to provide environmental information in a decision context for designers and environmental experts. Although Life-Cycle Analysis tools can provide relevant and precise information, the question of feasibility remains crucial in proposing realistic solutions. In our study, we built a database linking design and environmental parameters in order to facilitate the consideration of technical, organizational and economic constrains in eco-design. We used knowledge engineering techniques, applied to a collection of documents from a young company, to identify the relevant design parameters to implement.

Keywords: Ecodesign, Decision making, Design methodology


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