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Title: Design standards for product end-of-life processing
Authors: Plant, AVC
Harrison, DJ
Griffiths, BJ
Lam, B
Keywords: Sustainable design;British Standards;Standard Industrial Classification;Environmental legislation
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, 3(3): 159-169, September 2010
Abstract: In 2006, the British Standards Institute (BSI) published BS 8887-1 'Design for Manufacture, Assembly, Disassembly and End-of-life processing' (MADE) subtitled 'General Concepts, Processes and Requirements'. This was the first British Standard to address design for efficient post-consumer product reprocessing. By designing and planning for remanufacture, much of the embodied energy and production investment can be retrieved after the consumer no longer requires the original item. Therefore, end-of-life products become an asset rather than a liability. Design for disassembly facilitates efficient deconstruction and thus enables materials to be recycled with minimal loss of purity, thus maximising their value. The analysis presented here is based on the Standard Industrial Classification codes of companies and organisations that have purchased BS 8887-1. These data are considered in relation to the influence of environmental legislation. Company age, size and location, as well as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications, are discussed. This paper concludes by suggesting suitable directions for the continued distribution and development of this environmentally, economically and socially beneficial standard.
Description: The published version of this paper can be accessed through the open access at the Publisher link below.
ISSN: 1939-7038
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Dept of Design Research Papers

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