Sustainable Engineering: Concepts, Design and Case Studies (Paperback)

David T. Allen, David R. Shonnard


Assessing Engineering Designs for Environmental, Economic, and Social Impact

Engineers will play a central role in addressing one of the twenty-first century’s key challenges: the development of new technologies that address societal needs and wants within the constraints imposed by limited natural resources and the need to protect environmental systems.


To create tomorrow’s sustainable products, engineers must carefully consider environmental, economic, and social factors in evaluating their designs. Fortunately, quantitative tools for incorporating sustainability concepts into engineering designs and performance metrics are now emerging. Sustainable Engineering introduces these tools and shows how to apply them.


Building on widely accepted principles they first introduced in Green Engineering, David T. Allen and David R. Shonnard discuss key aspects of designing sustainable systems in any engineering discipline. Their powerful, unified approach integrates essential engineering and quantitative design skills, industry perspectives, and case studies, enabling engineering professionals, educators, and students to incorporate sustainability throughout their work. Coverage includes


  • A concise review of the natural resource and environmental challenges engineers face when designing for sustainability
  • Analysis and legislative frameworks for addressing environmental issues and sustainability
  • Methods for identifying green and sustainable materials
  • Principles for improving the sustainability of engineering designs
  • Tools for evaluating sustainable designs and monetizing their benefits







基於他們在《綠色工程》中首次介紹的廣泛接受的原則,David T. Allen和David R. Shonnard討論了在任何工程學科中設計可持續系統的關鍵方面。他們強大而統一的方法整合了基本的工程和量化設計技能、行業觀點和案例研究,使工程專業人員、教育工作者和學生能夠在他們的工作中融入可持續性。內容包括


  • 工程師在設計可持續性時面臨的自然資源和環境挑戰的簡明回顧

  • 解決環境問題和可持續性的分析和立法框架

  • 識別綠色和可持續材料的方法

  • 改善工程設計可持續性的原則

  • 評估可持續設計並將其效益貨幣化的工具