The creation and use of any engineering product carries with it environmental penalties. There is a growing recognition that the minimization of these penalties must become a primary design objective. Some of the considerations â€” and difficulties â€” in selection of materials to minimize environmental impacts are discussed. A design strategy is developed which relates traditional design objectives with environmental impact indicators. The selection of insulation for refrigerators is used to illustrate the approach.
|Translated title of the contribution||Selection of materials to reduce environmental impact: a case study on refrigerator insulation|
|Pages (from-to)||11 - 17|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Materials and Design|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1996|