Mr. Rogers' IB Design Technology Objectives
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Topic 2 Green Design

IB Design Technology Standards: Items directly related to the standards are shown in blue

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Objectives (those directly related to the IB Design Technology Standard are shown in blue)

Essential Question: How does green design impact your life?

Principles of green design

  1. Define green design,

  2. List examples of renewable resources and non-renewable resources.

renewable resources non-renewable resources
Photovoltaic electricity Fossil fuels: oil, gas, coal
Solar heating nuclear energy (uranium)
Wind generated power metals
Bio-fuels: bio-diesel, ethanol, methanol  
  1. Outline the reasons for green design.

  • consumer pressure: also customer approval. Energy efficient products are cheaper to operate and hence, are sought after by customers

  • legislation: this is needed when green alternatives or behavior is more expensive than less environmentally responsible options.

  • manufacturing cost savings: energy efficiency actually reduces manufacturing cost

  • reliability of supply: flex fuel vehicles and plug in hybrid vehicles are less dependent on gasoline supplies (a major benefit of the Brazilian system).

  • best  use of limited resources

  • minimizes negative environmental effects


Discussion Questions

  1. What is the cost of polluted air and water?
  2. Should pollution be part of the price for a product?
  3. Is legislation a good way to promote green design or is it a choice of last resort?
  4. Would companies that embrace green design be likely to be more or less profitable?
  1. List design objectives for green products.

  • efficiency: in the use of materials, energy and other resources

  • low-impact materials: minimizing damage or pollution from the chosen materials

  • minimal long-term harm from product use:

  • a product that functions efficiently for its full life

  • low-impact product disposal: taking full account of the effects of the end disposal of the product

  • environmentally friendly packaging and instructions:

  • minimal nuisances: such as noise or smell

  • minimal safety hazards:

  1. Discuss the impact of “take back” legislation on designers and manufacturers of cars, refrigerators and washing machines.

  2. Explain how people can be broadly classified according to their attitudes to green issues.

  • Eco-warriors actively demonstrate on environmental issues.

  • Eco-champions champion environmental issues within organizations.

  • Eco-fans enthusiastically adopt environmentally friendly practices as consumers.

  • Eco-phobes actively resent talk of environmental protection.


Assessment -- Analysis of “Take Back” Legislation

Specifications: Research "take back" legislation on the internet. Make a table and list the pros on one side and the cons on the other. Below the table write a paragraph describing the best way to use "take back" legislation. Below the paragraph, list at least 3 references.

Deliverable: Place the completed Word file in the IB Design Technology folder of your student drive.

Work Group: Groups of 2.










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