The Business Guide to Sustainability

The Business Guide to Sustainability

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Whole system approaches to sustainable design can help achieve 80 percent (Factor 5) or greater resource productivity in new designs. The greater productivity arises from investing in the design stage, where 60-90 percent of a product's or process' lifecycle economic and ecological costs are committed. Newly-designed engineered systems often have long design lives, hence it is critical that all designers ensure that new systems are as sustainable as possible. This book provides introductory, technical design material to demonstrate how advances in energy, materials and water productivity can be achieved through applying a whole system approach to sustainable design. Chapters 1-5 outline how the approach can be implemented and show how the approach can enhance a traditional approach. Chapters 6-10 demonstrate, through worked examples, the application of the approach to: 1) industrial pumping systems, 2) passenger vehicles, 3) electronics and computer systems, 4) temperature control of buildings, and 5) domestic water systems. Published with The Natural Edge Project and the World Federation of Engineering OrganizationsBy design, they make valuable use of a wasted resource (unwanted dogs), create training and meaningful work for an at- risk ... Starbucks, while sometimes vilified for their proliferation of stores, is trying to create a reliable market for fair trade, anbsp;...

Title:The Business Guide to Sustainability
Author:Darcy E. Hitchcock, Marsha L. Willard
Publisher:Earthscan - 2009


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