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Whole Systems Thinking

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Resource Use & Buildings

Buildings use energy, materials, water, and land to create the right environment for its occupants. All of these things cost money – and all of them have an environmental impact.

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Building Energy Loads

Energy loads are how much energy your building needs. These demands can be provided by electricity, fuel, or by passive means.  Thermal heating and cooling loads are also important concepts that drive how much energy the building’s HVAC system will use.

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Cradle to Cradle Product Design: Designing for a circular economy

Get practical product design strategies for the circular economy. This course draws from some resources on disassembly, recycling, repair, upgrade, and green material selection from the Sustainable Design collection within the Autodesk University Workshop Library.

10xE Design Principles
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10xE Design Principles

The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)'s “Factor Ten” initiative has the goal of teaching engineers how to design for tenfold- higher resource productivity. These 17 practical principles summarize the integrative design techniques that RMI uses in its work.

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Green Building Costs

Sustainability requires a systems-based approach to design iteration.  It is important to accurately account for the financial impacts of a design proposal. Also, understanding how systems thinking can be applied to cost can develop a better idea of how investment costs can be offset with Lifecycle Cost Analysis. 

Whole Systems and Lifecycle Thinking
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Whole Systems and Lifecycle Thinking

Learn how to problem-solve, innovate, and improve your project’s environmental impacts by looking at the big picture to understand how things are made, used and disposed of.

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MATE: Portable, smart task lighting system

Designed with the whole-system in mind, MATE is a mobile task lighting system that integrates practicality, efficiency and portability.

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Students’ lightweight electric vehicle gets 7,250 MPGe

Chinese students from Tongji University use FEA in Autodesk Inventor to help lightweight the aluminum and carbon-fiber frame of their ultra-mileage electric vehicle. The result is a car that weighs 55 kg (120 lbs) and can travel 347 kilometers with one kilowatt hour of power (7,250 MPGe).

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Sustainable Design with Intent: A Toolkit for Designers and Engineers

How can a designer’s intention improve the environmental impacts of user behavior and lead to a more sustainable world? The Design With Intent toolkit is a powerful tool for helping to achieve this goal.

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EcoFridge Saves Time and Energy

A team of engineering students developed a cost-competitive, environmentally friendly refrigerator.  Learn about their results.

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