Tongji University: material reviews

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  • Date July 27th, 2011 18:25
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  • During the Spring 2011 semester, GIGA participated in Tongji University's graduate course for Sustainable Design. Core to our work was to introduce GIGA's material ranking methodology to help students better understand how and why to select healthy, environmentally progressive materials. Students were all required to research material types from a life-cycle perspective and report their findings to their classmates. An outstanding example of this coursework is attached below (can be downloaded) and represents the ecological thought process of China's future designers. The assignment also gives readers a good, transparent understanding of how we approach our own work at GIGA.

    In short, GIGA rates materials in two ways:

    First, break end products into basic components. A finished product is typically composed of several basic components. For example, MDF board is usually composed of wood chips and adhesive. These basic components (wood chips and adhesive) determine the heath impact (toxic or not) of the finished board. Thus it is necessary to first understand these basic components.

    Second, components are analyzed throughout their life-cycles. A product may not be toxic when in use (PVC for example) but during production and disposal, toxins may be released. This is precisely why GIGA studies materials throughout their life-cycles. For more info, check out the posted document.


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