sustainable design Articles

  • 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

  • Hurricane MK cyclone system for PM emission reduction on a 2.5MWth biomass boiler at Britton Timbers. (8 760m3/h at 328°C) - Case Study

    Foreword Advanced Cyclone Systems, S.A. (ACS) designed and supplied a Hurricane Cyclone System type MK for particulate matter reduction from the flue gas of a biomass boiler in Australia. The boiler was installed at Britton Timbers, a diversified company with interests in timber harvesting, sawmilling, international timber import and export, and distribution. From humble ...

  • 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

  • Towards sustainable design in the sports and leisure industry

    The sports and leisure products industry, like most of the consumer products manufacturing sector has been operating very much on a disposable commodity basis. Indeed, many sports products require high levels of energy to manufacture, they exploit low-paid labour in the developing world, and they are conceived typically with little consideration of recyclability and reusability, or sustainability ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Product attachment and replacement: implications for sustainable design

    This research investigated a number of main areas of attachment in order to determine how consumer-product relationships are formed and to identify whether these feelings influence replacement decisions. Primary research comprised of interviews with consumers to discuss the topic area in relation to three possessions selected for their attachment qualities. The research highlighted how ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Envisioning and co-designing a sustainable future for African cities

    It was with the powerful phrase in mind: “What if the only way to predict the future is to design it,” that Jeff Robinson, Aurecon’s Sustainable Buildings Group Leader, presented at the Green Building Council South Africa’s annual convention as one of the event’s innovation speakers. ...

  • Sustainable tall buildings: toward a comprehensive design approach

    This paper presents a comprehensive design approach to sustainable tall buildings development. It argues that the true efficiency and success of tall buildings are heightened by their overall relationship with their urban setting and infrastructure. Tall and supertall buildings are mini–cities and their social, economic, and environmental impacts extend throughout the neighbourhood and the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Modified landfill design for sustainable waste management

    Waste management, being one of the most important aspects of urban development, is gaining importance among developing nations. Landfills, which were initiated for hazardous waste management and subsequently transformed into sanitary landfills, have been the most widely adapted practice for municipal solid waste management worldwide. However, the conventional design of landfills not only fails to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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