Designing for sustainability and the environment: life cycle assessment

A collection of resources collated for the Design and Technology GCSE, to support the teaching of the basic principles in carrying out a life cycle assessment for a material or product.

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What is a life cycle assessment?

In this lesson students will gain an understanding of what a life cycle assessment is and how it can be used to assess the environmental impact of the manufacture and use of different materials and products. Students will understand the five main stages of a life cycle analysis through both a diagram and supporting...

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Product life cycle assessment

 In this lesson students will use case studies of what a life cycle assessment is and how/why they are carried out.  Students will also gain an understanding of how a life cycle assessment can be misused. Learning will be demonstrated by carrying out product evaluations using LCAs on different products using...

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Product life cycles and how companies use this data

In this lesson students will understand the life cycle of a product through studying a graph. Students will understand the five stages of the life cycle assessment graph and the role planned obsolesce has in relation to the benefit of the manufacturer and not necessarily the consumer. Through case studies and...

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Life cycle assessment through a disassembly activity and study

 In this lesson students will gain an understanding of how designs/products are modified to make them more efficient to manufacture and disposal. Through a series of practical activities students will understand how the choice of materials affects its use, care and disposal. They will also be able to apply the six...

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