Environmental performance is the newest criteria for product development. It sits alongside existing criteria such as functional performance, cost, ergonomics, aesthetics and safety. Evaluating, measuring & reporting on environmental performance Is becoming an ordinary cost of doing business.
The two combined means truly greener products.Ecodesign systematically incorporates environmental considerations into the design process. LCA is a widely used and highly effective way to measure the relative ‘green-ness’ of a product.
Sustainable Minds® is dedicated to operationalizing environmental performance in mainstream product development and manufacturing in an understandable, empowering and credible way. Sustainable Minds is the first on-demand, Web-based software and information service providing a comprehensive system for companies to estimate, evaluate and track their products' lifecycle environmental performance – and to enable rapid iteration and comparison of product concepts in early stage design in a collaborative, learning work space. Easy to understand and use, it is affordable for small and large manufacturers, consultancies and educational institutions, globally, to develop skills and knowledge to grow revenue and markets through greener product innovation.
Digital prototyping of environmental performance in early stage design
To design more sustainable products – i.e. products with better environmental performance – we need to think and work differently. It means a whole systems approach and a life cycle mindset to product design must be adopted and incorporated during the conceptual design stage.
To help product design teams build better environmental performance into their products early in the design process, Sustainable Minds and Autodesk have partnered to provide information on ecodesign and life cycle assessment. Autodesk Alias Design 3D modeling software allows industrial designers to create and visualize design concepts. Introducing rich information on ecodesign and life cycle assessment alongside Alias, enables design teams to incorporate new knowledge to make informed trade-offs. By understanding the life cycle environmental impacts of their concepts, Alias users can ideate and iterate to create products with better environmental performance.
Environmental performance and sustainable design
Operationalizing greener product design; why estimating impacts early is important
There is no such thing as a 'green' or 'sustainable' product.
Sustainable Minds makes the LCA process fast and easy.
About the SM2011 Methodology
Interpreting and communicating results
Create innovative, greener products. Reduce cycle time and costs. Win new business. An SM LCA can be conducted at many points throughout the design process – the earlier the better.
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