Sustainable Product Design Strategies

Products can have lower environmental impacts by cleverly using less energy and materials. With a series of introductory videos and quick reference guides, learn sustainable product design fundamentals like design for energy efficiency, reduced embodied impacts, lighweighting, recycling, repair, and upgrade. Learn also how some of Autodesk's products can help you start to put these fundamentals into practice in your designs.

Year Published: 
2011

Energy Efficient Design

Understanding energy is critical to sustainable design. Learn what energy is, how it is converted into useful forms, and what engineers can do to create more energy efficient designs.

Improving Product Lifetime

Improving Product Lifetime

While some products should last a lifetime, improving a product’s life isn’t always just about making it last. Learn how to decide on the right strategies for optimizing a product’s life and end-of-life.

Green Materials Selection

Choosing more sustainable materials is all about making informed tradeoffs. While there is no such thing as an entirely “green material,” you can improve your materials choices by knowing the variables to consider.

Lightweighting

Lightweighting

Learn what lightweighting is, and why it’s important for sustainability; when you should lightweight; and other strategies you can use to reduce material use.

Authors

Adam
Menter
LEED AP BD+C
Autodesk
Adam is a designer and educator who focuses on systems, knowledge, and experiences to make the world a better place.  Adam managed the creation of educational content on sustainable engineering and design at Autodesk between 2010 and 2014. He has worked as a design strategist at Jump Associates and holds both a mechanical engineering degree and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He is a LEED accredited professional and has taught a course on Net Zero Energy Building design at the UC Berkeley extension.