Understand and improve the environmental impact of your designs. Includes calculation of carbon footprint. Real-time feedback with Environmental Impact Dashboard, and handy find Similar Material tool.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
When determining the environmental impact of a product, LCA looks at everything that happens in the production, use, and final disposal of the product. This even includes all the transportation that occurs between the stages. Decisions on the material used, how it is manufactured, … can result in vastly different effects on the environment. SustainabilityXpress shows you these impacts and helps you to improve your design.
When evaluating all of these stages, four environmental impacts are measured.
- Carbon Footprint – production of greenhouse gasses
- Total Energy Consumed – self explanatory
- Effect on Air – specifically the contributor to acid rain
- Effect on Water – which results in algae blooms in coastal waters
The values for these impacts update in real-time as you make changes to your design. This comprehensive view will give you confidence that the design decisions you make are truly better for the environment.
Find Similar Material
Material selection is an important contributor to determining the environmental impact of a design. It is also important in all other aspects of design. That is why SustainabilityXpress includes Find Similar. It allows you to quickly and easily search the built-in material database for close alternatives to your current material. Even if you don’t do sustainable design, this is a handy utility for everyone.
Customizable report template allows you to instantly publish impressive reports that professionally communicate how you have reduced the environmental impact of your design.
Note: SustainabilityXpress is designed to work specifically with SolidWorks 2009.