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ESD550 Sustainable Design and Implementation

ESD E550

Sustainable Design and Implementation

Leader:           Dr Dai Morgan

 Timing:           Lent Term

Structure:        Eight 2-hour sessions in Weeks 1 to 8: plus coursework assignments.


The module will review a range of sustainability principles and design strategies which can guide the formulation of better product design on a full life cycle basis. It will also focus on how such products are managed through the supply chain, to customers and then final disposal (or reuse).

The opportunity for synergies between industrial sectors and the role of business models in organising for more sustainable outcomes will be explored. A holistic overview of approaches to both product and project delivery will be discussed in the context of the systems in and through which they are to be delivered and the outcomes which are sought.

Specific attention will be drawn to city dwelling and how urban spaces can be designed in the future to achieve social harmony, economic stability and environmental protection through integrated policies and governance structures including principles of adaptive management and resilience.



Principles of Sustainable Design (e.g. 5 capitals model, Natural Step, precautionary principle etc) and practical applications in interdisciplinary design of sustainable cities and industrial supply chain management.  Integrating disciplines in a sustainable design team. Identifying boundaries and constraints around the solution space, specifically in real world contexts such as within the complexities associated with urban living and the growth of mega cities.

Life cycle product design,  dematerialisation, clean production,  nature as a teacher, ecological principles in design biomimicry, Procurement, re-use, re-make, recycle, efficient distribution, reliability/durability/maintainability, end of life disposal and re-use.

Business models for sustainable value, business transformation readiness, integrated problem solving with partners, dissecting and operationalising the circular economy(s). Case studies of how sustainable thinking has been incorporated in real companies, from SMEs to multi nationals and opportunities for achieving benefits at different scales.

Industrial ecology, ecological clustering of industry, industrial symbiosis, practicalities and limitations of a circular economy, organisational issues in manufacturing, industrial energy demands,  low carbon material processing.



•      To examine how a variety of sustainable design principles can be adopted in products and services.

•      To highlight examples of best practice in implementing sustainable solutions in a range of engineering sectors.

•      To propose a sustainable solution to an industrial problem.

•      To examine the barriers and drivers for adopting sustainability in companies and the methods of CSR and sustainability reporting.


Assessment:    100% Coursework