Sustainable Design: A Case of Environmental and Cost Life Cycle Assessment of a Kitchen Designed for Seniors and Disabled People

Anna Lewandowska , Bogdan Branowski , Katarzyna Joachimiak-Lechman , Przemysław Kurczewski , Jarosław Selech , Marek Zabłocki


Sustainable production and consumption patterns require a change in approach at the early conceptual stages, i.e., when planning and designing products and services. This article presents an example of sustainable kitchen design aimed at the needs of seniors and people with physical disabilities, which takes into account social, economic, and environmental aspects. The interdisciplinary project team used a variety of traditional design methods such as the identification of requirements using QFD (Quality Function Deployment) and FMEA (Failure Mode Effects Analysis), the development and verification of the technical concepts of the designed objects and their use, the development of construction and technological documentation, assembly drawings of the product architecture and its parts, function cost analysis, virtual and real prototyping, and tools based on the concept of a life cycle such as environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC). The analysis of the design solutions from the point of view of several criteria and several life cycle stages shows the complexity of the decision-making process and the difficulties in selecting a clearly favourable solution. Environmentally preferred materials may be difficult for users to accept due to their costs. On the other hand, materials that have a high environmental impact at the production stage may show great potential for final disposal
Author Anna Lewandowska (WT / KTiEPP)
Anna Lewandowska,,
- Department of Industrial Products and Ecology
, Bogdan Branowski - Politechnika Poznańska
Bogdan Branowski,,
, Katarzyna Joachimiak-Lechman (WT / KEJ)
Katarzyna Joachimiak-Lechman,,
- Department of Standardized Management Systems
, Przemysław Kurczewski - Politechnika Poznańska
Przemysław Kurczewski,,
, Jarosław Selech - Politechnika Poznańska (PP)
Jarosław Selech,,
, Marek Zabłocki - Politechnika Poznańska
Marek Zabłocki,,
Journal seriesSustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, (A 20 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets1.15
Keywords in Englishenvironmental impact; costs effectiveness; life cycle design; disability; kitchen
ASJC Classification3305 Geography, Planning and Development; 2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment; 2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 17-04-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 1; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.911; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.075 (2) - 2017=2.177 (5)
Citation count*7 (2020-09-15)
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