sustainable design Articles

  • How to achieve triple bottom line sustainability benefits on airport runway projects

    CH2M delivers best-in-class sustainable approaches for airport clients worldwide by constantly seeking opportunities to apply sustainable development and design concepts. From planning through plowing, CH2M is leading the development of the most sustainable runway projects in the U.S. Through our life-cycle approach, airport clients have experienced significant benefits such as ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Design as a problem and design as a solution for sustainability

    The role of industrial design has been essential for the definition of an industrial model based on large production volumes for broad markets, but industrial designers also contributed to the maturation of such a model towards sophisticated models that are now proving to be unsustainable. This made the design discipline particularly sensitive to the question of sustainability. In this context, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Designing sustainability that sells

    Consumers are beginning to express their desire for more sustainable products. But by and large, green products are not making themselves easy to love. Lance Hosey, who keynoted at the recent Sustainable Brands conference, believes there's still ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Sustainable package design

    Companies have a vast number of different package design options available. But today the important question is how sustainable they are? Should they use paper or plastic? When does it make sense to use material combinations and what are their environmental impacts? Answers to these questions are provided in a Life Cycle Assessment study (LCA) that PE INTERNATIONAL has conducted for ...


    By thinkstep

  • Transformational adaptation – when climate change means business as usual is no longer possible

    1. A lesson from the past Deep in the central Sahara, a crumbling mud-brick town sits at the edge of a dry lake bed. This is the medieval town of Germa, in southwestern Libya, one of a string of settlements along the Wadi al-Ajal, a valley defined by the towering dunes of the Ubari Sand Sea to the north, and the black cliffs of the Messak Settafet plateau to the south. Germa is romantic ...


    By Garama 3C Ltd

  • Improving Winery Lagoon Performance, Sludge Removal & Efficiency - Case Study

    Overview A winery in California faced the challenge of optimizing and treating their wastewater pond in a sustainable manner. The winery had brush rotors frequently breaking down, which were very difficult and time consuming to repair. They were seeking a more reliable option. Aeration Industries International provided that solution in more ways than one. ...

  • Closer Look at the Capacity of SLA Batteries and Solar Energy Systems

    Sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries have a reputation for being durable when used to support portable electronic devices. They require minimal maintenance and offer leak-proof capabilities. But when used with solar energy systems, the units present issues that can hinder the potential and performance of the machines. For example, general purpose SLA batteries should not be deep cycled, as ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Strategic management of water resources important to Ontario craft breweries

    The vast majority of craft breweries in Ontario understand the need to improve their water and resource management performance to save money, protect the environment and enhance community relations. This was a major finding of a survey of Ontario craft breweries conducted in the fall of 2016 that found 97 per cent of respondents agree that better water management is important or very important to ...


    By BLOOM

  • Qila Energy: Ensuring quality and consistency in biogas across multiple AD plants - Case Study

    Overview Qila Energy is a British engineering company who build Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants throughout the British Isles.  Their revolutionary two-stage process drastically reduces the time required to produce high quality biogas from varied feedstocks.  Qila Energy is an industry leader of the UK’s farm-based AD industry producing high quality biogas that can be ...


    By Geotech

  • Sustainable urban design: principles to practice

    This paper attempts to make the connection between the theory of sustainability and the practice of urban design. In doing so it draws from a wide body of literature to establish ten universal principles of sustainable urban design. These it relates to some of the widely accepted precepts of sustainable development. In linking theory to practice, consideration is given to how these principles ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A Flexible Framework for Integrating Sustainable Design

    Untitled Document Abstract Over the last decade, we have witnessed increasing recognition of the importance of products and product ...

  • Applying design for sustainability in an ICT company

    Environmental awareness has been raised globally, and as a consequence, sustainability is increasingly under focus. Due to increased demand from end-users and tightened legislation, companies must seriously take sustainability into account. Typically, sustainability is attempted to address only after product realisation. However, best sustainability results can be obtained through earlier ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The reflexive designer - a method for sustainable IT development

    An increasing diffusion of IT in almost all aspects of our daily lives in modern western societies raises questions about; how IT is done and what the effects are on social sustainability. In this paper, it is argued that we need to consider these issues during 'the becoming', instead of tackling them in retrospect and relate such a view closer to the work practices of IT designers in order to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Methodology for the design of sustainable production systems

    The demand for a continuous improvement of production systems to meet the requirements of a sustainable development has lead to a complex situation, as economic, ecological and social requirements simultaneously have to be considered. This situation is a challenge for many production companies, as different design parameters have different impacts on production system capabilities. A decision ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Designing roadmaps to sustainability case study

    Challenge: With the goal of achieving world class EHS performance, a global Life Sciences Company contracted with Antea Group to develop and implement a corporate environmental, health and safety audit program that included assessment of EHS compliance at operating facilities worldwide. Solution: Antea Group developed an EHS management system strategy and ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Designing a sustainable hydrogen energy economy

    A general vision of a sustainable energy economy relying substantially on hydrogen produced from renewables is sketched as a potential solution to the twin global crises of climate change and depleting oil reserves. Core differences between this 'sustainable hydrogen economy' (SHE) and the original hydrogen economy (HE) proposed in the early 1970s are discussed. In transport, rather than posing a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Design schematics for a sustainable parking lot

    The project site for the proposed parking lot is located at Fort Bragg, NC, Build¬ing 2-2332 in the SW corner of the PWBC. Building 2-2332 is approximately 500 ft west of the Butner Road and Reilly Street intersection. The project site is mostly flat, with a slight slope of about 2 to 3 ft downward to the southeast. The project area east of the classroom is paved to accommodate the PWBC ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • Next-generation dialyser design using sustainable design methods

    Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) is used to understand the holistic flow of energy and materials throughout a product's life. As part of a comprehensive approach to design next-generation dialysers, we performed a LCA of an Optiflux F180NR dialyser. Combining LCA insights with a functional analysis of each product component, we analysed which components could be improved most effectively. Determining ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Hampton Court - BritishFlora design sustainable planting solution for

    Royal Palace Waterways BritishFlora designed a sustainable solution for enhanced aquatic planting in the hard engineered waterways at Hampton Court. This is part of a wider pond and waterway restoration scheme across the Park to improve biodiversity, water quality, erosion prevention and aesthetics of these formal and natural water ways across Hampton Court. ...


    By BritishFlora

  • A generalised exergy-based framework for sustainable design of IT systems

    This paper proposes an exergy-based approach to evaluate the sustainability of different Information Technology (IT) systems. We suggest the need for metrics that include a second-law component as well as a life-cycle view in evaluating sustainability. Having identified such a metric, we demonstrate applicability of the framework for a sample IT system. We conclude by reflecting upon additional ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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