ICoRD'13 pp 517-527 | Cite as

Developing Sustainable Products: An Interdisciplinary Challenge

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


This paper presents an interdisciplinary method that allows engineers to map their view, that is usually focused on product parameters and characteristics, to the view of sustainability assessment experts, whose view is on a higher abstraction level and mainly focused on officially accepted sustainability indicators. The presented approach proposes to bridge the conceptual gap between the different views of both disciplines by focusing on a product’s life-cycle processes such as manufacturing, distribution and end-of-life processes. Details about these processes need to be provided by respective experts that thus must be included into the interdisciplinary design process. The presented method builds on the House of Quality method and uses the existing Sustainability Dashboard software tool for a visual comparison of different design alternatives.


Sustainability Interdisciplinary challenge House of sustainability Life cycle sustainability assessment Sustainable engineering 



We thank Kilian Müller and the sustainability team involving Erwin Schau, Marzia Traverso and Matthias Finkbeiner at the Department of Environmental Technology, Technische Universität Berlin. This research project is funded by the German Research Foundation DFG as part of the university wide research project (DFG PAK 475/1) “Sustainable value creation exemplified on mini-factories for remanufacturing”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Machine Tools and Factory Management, School of Mechanical Engineering and Transportation SystemsTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer Institute Production Systems and Design Technology, Virtual Product CreationBerlinGermany

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