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Sustainable Design (Volvo): Life Cycle Assessment

Media: DVD
DUR: 26 mins
Product Code: VOLCA
Price: £40.00

This programme provides a thorough insight into how industry is adapting its design and manufacturing methods to consider social, moral and ethical implications. It demonstrates how Volvo are: eliminating emissions, reducing energy consumption and minimising waste to reduce the carbon footprint of their cars during manufacture, use and at “end of life”. The importance of choosing sustainable materials is clearly explained as is the consideration of the product's life cycle.


Endorsements/recommendations

Endorsed by Edexcel for use with their GCE in Design and Technology: Product Design

Recommended by AQA in their resources list for their GCSE and GCE D&T specifications

 

Testimonials

“This is an invaluable resource for any design and technology course, where students need to understand the issue of sustainability "

D&T Practice Spring 2010

Volvo-Life Cycle Assessment allows students to understand some complex environmental issues through the case study of one company. This would often provide students with everything they need to answer those tricky environmental questions on the written paper which require them to give specific examples to support their response.

Brian Russell,
Director for D&T, Dixons City Academy

A thorough insight into how industry is adapting its design and manufacturing methods to consider social, moral and ethical implications. It demonstrates how eliminating emissions, reducing energy consumption and minimising waste helps reduce the carbon footprint during manufacturing of a product.

Peter Simmons,
Head of Creative Design Faculty, John Cabot Academy

This programme gets students thinking about the small details which designers have to consider when designing and developing a car. Once again Volvo has shared their experience and expertise to deliver a comprehensive insight into the world of automotive design. We see the new Volvo Re-charge a hybrid vehicle designed to compete in the ever increasing market of sustainable design. In this DVD we see issues of materials selection and suitability, testing and evaluating and some of the processes those materials go through before arriving at the end product. The importance of choosing sustainable materials is clearly explained as is the consideration of the product’s life cycle. Volvo’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of their vehicles is made very clear, as are the steps they are taking to address this.

As a valuable GCSE and A Level resource this programme answers some of those hard hitting questions which consumers are increasingly asking in relation to the environment and the global impact which the automotive industry is having. Watched in its entirety but probably best as separate clips, this is the perfect compliment to the Innovation & Safety DVD from the same series. It works particularly well with the classroom resources available on the DVD which got my students thinking hard about issues they had never really considered previously. They were particularly intrigued with the smell tests and how materials are chosen which take into account people with allergies

Paul Wilson,
Head of Design and Technology, Gordano School

Download a full review in .pdf format here

Review in D&T Practice, Spring 2010

Suggested exam board specification links

AQA

   
GCSE D&T Resistant Materials
GCSE D&T Product Design
GCE D&T Product Design
     

OCR

   
GCSE D&T Resistant Materials
GCSE D&T Product Design
GCE D&T

Product Design

     

Edexcel

   
GCE D&T Product Design
     

WJEC

   
GCSE D&T  Resistant Materials
GCSE D&T Product Design
GCE D&T Product Design

Related Titles

Industrial Design and Testing: Designing for Innovation and Safety

 

 

Sustainable Packaging

 

 

Designing with Recycled Materials

 

 

Choosing Sustainable Materials