Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Sustainability in design

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is the capacity to endure through renewal maintenance, and sustenance or nourishment in the contrast to durability, the capacity to endure through unchanging resistance to change.

Why is it necessary?

Because mostly everything in the world is made or uses fossil fuels or metals they are nonrenewable, plastic is made from oil, and petrol comes from oil and so on. These resources will run out unless we stop using them which won’t happen anytime soon as everyone relies on them too much. Although using Sustainable design we can overcome this problem. To make something renewable to improve the environment, economic and social, the 'Triple bottom line'

The benefits?

Here are a few benefits of Sustainable design.

-Cost reduction.

-Less of an effect on the environment.

-Good publicity, more positive advertising.

-Encourages innovation.

Case study

Case study on the Hybrid car.

What is it?

A hybrid car is one that uses more than one means of propulsion. At the moment this is done with a conventional internal combustion engine with an electric motor.

What drove the invention?

The main advantage of a hybrid car is that it uses less fuel and emits less Co2 than a conventional non-hybrid vehicle. Major car manufacturers also has a major incentive with tax breaks for making more fuel efficient cars, so by doing so able to pay less tax therefore making more money. Businesses and companies don’t usually do things to be 'nice' they have to make money.

What innovation has come about with the hybrid car?

Main points are advanced aerodynamics, low resistance tires and more lightweight materials.

But the hybrid car also has features to reduce fuel usage such as, at low speed the engine is turned off and the electric motor only drives the car. Then when maximum acceleration is needed, both work together at stages between, only the excess power generated by the engine is used to power the electric motor.

How does the Hybrid car contribute towards sustainability?

-Less fuel usage= better for the environment.

-Less cost- Better for consumer.

-Less emitions= better for the environment.

-Charges its own batteries when using the car at higher speeds.

How can Sustainable design be achieved in video games design?

Sustainable design can also be applied to games as long as it fits into the 'Triple bottom line'

if it improves environment, economic and social then it is a Sustainable design.
Large MMO's achieve this because they are sociable, people from all over the world can speak and play together, such as World of Warcraft. These games also have constant updates with new gameplay or festive events witch increase the longevity of the game meaning its more environment friendly as no packaging is needed its all-digital. It also helps the games industry

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