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Designers told to think sustainably

Designers of manufactured products are being told to think sustainably, in new guidance released by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

The BS 7000-2 standard has been revised to incorporate end-of-life principles originally developed in the BS 8887 series, which is aimed specifically at encouraging designers to use sustainable thinking in their designs from the start of the process.

The revised guidance applies to all manufactured products, and is aimed at senior executives, project managers and those involved in the design process.

It intends to:

  • Recognise that small enterprises or those specialising in one-off products or special purpose end-of-life equipment often need to adapt the process to suit their method of operation
  • Give guidance on the application of general principles and techniques to the management of design, raising awareness of management issues and emphasising the need for an integrated approach to the design of products
  • Enable an integrated multi-disciplinary approah for the design of complex products

BSI head of market development for manufacturing, Dan Palmer said: “Good-quality design is critical to the reputation of organisations and an important contributor to efficiency.

“BS 7000-2 will help senior executives, project managers and others involved in the design process to create and implement an effective design policy.

“Whether these activities are carried out by a single person, a small team or a number of people across an organisation, BS 7000-2 encourages transparency at all stages of the process and helps teams to know what they need to do.”

The revised guidance was developed in collaboration with Brunel, Oxford Brookes, Bath and Sussex universities as well as the Institution of Engineering Designers, the Railway Industry Association and experts from other industries including aerospace, defence and manufacturing.

The BS 7000-2 has been around for many years and is a well-used generic design standard, according to the BSI. It covers the general process of design and how any company can introduce the main principles of good design into their organisation.

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