Chapter 3

Sustainability and Its Application Within Engineering Design


This chapter contains the core arguments of the book I terms of the integration of sustainability into the design process. Having outlined briefly the core arguments of sustainability, the hierarchy of end-of-life disposal and open and closed material cycles, it then posits the central argument of the book that the design function is responsible for improving sustainability in an engineered product or machine. It then goes on to detail the elements of the Sustainable Life Value, by which the sustainability impact may be measured.



Sustainable sourcing

Sustainable Life Value

Design Optimisation

Sustainable disposal

3.1 What Is Sustainability?

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