Conceptual design guide for energy and water consumptions
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The present paper proposes to analyze the consumption of Energy or/and Water (E/W) in the conceptual design (CD) stage of a product, in order to optimize this consumption. The product normally spends more resources in the use stage. The paper also discusses issues in the worldwide and in Europe, and particularly in Catalonia, a Mediterranean country which has small fossil fuel deposits and has recently had periods of drought, making it necessary to watch over water consumption. This article proposes a brief methodological guide including five questions for the designer, or design team, to consider more environmental-friendly consumption alternatives. Ideally, these should be applied in the early conceptual design stage of any product for the entire world. A case study shows the work by a group of students of Creativity, Ecodesign and Patents subject (academic year 2012-13) entitled "Rainwater storage system for blocks of flats". While thinking about the questions in the methodological guide for the use of E/W, appeared a solution that eliminates the energy consumption in the operation of the installation.
CitacióLloveras, J. Conceptual design guide for energy and water consumptions. A: International Conference on Engineering Design. "Design for Harmonies. Volume 5: Design for X, Design to X". Seoul: The Design Society, 2013, p. 5-311-5-320.
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