Exploring Sustainable Design Methods Through the Redesign of a Commuting Vehicle Public

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  • The process of redesigning products in order to reduce their environmental impact is a challenging task because formalized methods in sustainable product design do not yet exist. There are many tools and methods that designers can use to be more informed of the sustainability of a product, but many are difficult to use, due to lack of life cycle analysis data, or provide an incomplete analysis, due uncertainties that exist in the analysis of the environmental impact data. This case study explores the application of two sustainability analysis tools, including the Eco-Indicator 99 manual and Solidworks Sustainability, in the redesign of a common commuter vehicle. The primary methods that were used to help reduce the environmental impact and improve the sustainability of the redesign included: sustainable material selection, component weight reduction, and reducing the complexity of component systems. The project highlights areas in the sustainable design process that are incomplete or difficult for designers to follow and discuses potential remedies to these challenges.
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