Decision Making Method for Sustainable Product Design

About the method

This work developed a new method for the early stages of product design that enables direct consideration of performance, environmental, and economic impacts, while consistently modeling a designer’s stated preferences among these often conflicting objectives. This method reflects the increase in knowledge about the material and energy flows of various processes in recent years, and offers a methodical approach to account for the inherent uncertainty associated with such knowledge.

Additional work provided a semantic framework to integrate requirements information from sustainability standards and regulations directly into a design process. This framework represents both the objectives that pertain to sustainable design and the applicable sustainability standards and regulations. This integrated approach not only eased the adoption of the standards and regulations during a design process but also influenced a design toward sustainability considerations.

 

About the researcher

Douglas Eddy is a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UMass-Amherst.

 

Acknowledgements

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 0332508 and 1229126 and by industry members of the NSF Center for e-Design.