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Designer’s Intuitive Ratings of Sustainability

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Cassandra Telenko

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Kristin Wood

Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore, Singapore

Paper No. DETC2016-59546, pp. V004T05A041; 10 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 21st Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 10th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, August 21–24, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5014-5
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Life cycle analysis (LCA) is often used to compare the sustainability of product concepts, but how our intuition factors into analysis and innovation is rarely considered. Intuitive evaluations of sustainability by designers not only help scope LCAs, but can be a dominant force in early stage decision making and concept creation. To elicit intuitive responses from experts, eight environmentally conscious products were presented to 22 designers as part of a professional workshop survey. Participants rated their own experience in design and sustainability and rated the sustainability and innovativeness of each product from low to high. These ratings are compared with available LCAs and environmental impact information. The results indicate that self-perceived expertise in sustainability does not significantly change perception of the sustainability of products and that sustainability ratings and innovativeness ratings were moderately correlated.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Sustainability



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