A cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for house­hold prod­ucts?

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Pro­fes­sors and stu­dents of Delhi Univer­sity’s Lady Ir­win Col­lege are en­gaged in de­vel­op­ing a multi-cri­te­ria frame­work for sus­tain­abil­ity de­sign au­dit. The team is led by Sushma Goel and Bhawana Chanana.

Their re­search dwells on the fact that life of dif­fer­ent parts of any kind of equip­ment varies. There­fore, even if one part fails the en­tire prod­uct en­ters the dis­posal cy­cle pre­ma­turely.

Dur­ing in­ter­views con­ducted for their re­search, the team found that users of elec­tronic house­hold goods and life­style prod­ucts com­plained of prob­lems soon af­ter six months to a year of pur­chase.

Lalit Das, pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus at IIT Delhi who is a men­tor in this re­search ini­tia­tive, says that there is need to eval­u­ate the de­sign of prod­ucts and its con­se­quences. For build­ings there is enough work done by LEED and GRIHA but for prod­ucts is­sues con­cern­ing their life­cy­cle and af­ter use dis­posal have yet to be in­te­grated.

Goel’s team re­cently or­gan­ised a two-day work­shop on sus­tain­abil­ity de­sign au­dit. Ex­perts from dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions such as elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ance com- pany LG Elec­tron­ics, Jayant Narayan, In­ter­na­tionale Zusam­me­nar­beit (GIZ) GmbH of the Indo-Ger­man En­vi­ron­ment Part­ner­ship Pro­gramme, Avikal Som­van­shi, ar­chi­tect from CSE, Su­nita K Sreed­ha­ran and Tapsi Johri, SKS, Law As­so­ci­ates etc put forth their views on de­vel­op­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity cri­te­ria. The work­shop was at­tended by stu­dents from Lady Ir­win Col­lege, SPA, and Cam­pus Law Cen­tre, Delhi Univer­sity.

The stu­dents devel­oped the sus­tain­abil­ity cri­te­ria rel­e­vant in de­sign of elec­tronic prod­ucts. The work­shop fo­cused on the fact that there is an ur­gent need for the in­no­va­tors as well as man­u­fac­tur­ers to make a par­a­digm shift in in­no­vat­ing new de­signs.

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