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Yatin Seth, Lavnik Poddar, Mansi Aggarwal, and Varun Sai Koruprolu

In the face of growing environmental concerns, the need for sustainable design practices has become increasingly important. One crucial aspect that often goes unnoticed is embodied energy, which refers to the total energy consumed throughout the life cycle of a material, from extraction and processing to manufacturing, transportation, use, and disposal.

This workshop aims to examine the relationship between embodied energy and sustainability, with a focus on educating designers about the impact of their material choices on the environment. By increasing awareness of the embodied energy concept and its implications, designers can make informed decisions that contribute to sustainable practices. The workshop is designed to educate participants on the importance of considering embodied energy in their design processes and encourages them to question the origins of materials and the potential consequences for ecosystems. Additionally, the aim is to equip participants with the ability to explore alternative processes that result in lower embodied energy, fostering environmentally responsible design practices. Ultimately, the long-term goal is to create a positive impact on the design industry and contribute to the preservation of our planet’s ecosystems.

KEYWORDS: Embodied Energy, Materials, Resources, Sustainability

Ahmedabad, October 9

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Author(s): Yatin Seth, Lavnik Poddar, Mansi Aggarwal, Varun Sai Koruprolu, Praveen Nahar, and Sahil Thappa
Year: 2023
Title: Exploring the Connect of Embodied Energy and Sustainability
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/embodied-energy-and-sustainability
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Ahmedabad, IND
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 3 July 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404