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Introducing ergonomics requirements in the eco-design of energy-related products from users' behaviour approach
Sierra-Pérez, Jorge (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Boschmonart-Rives, Jesús (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Oliver i Solà, Jordi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia)

Date: 2019
Abstract: Ergonomics has been a very important activity in the design process. However, ergonomics rarely includes the environmental requirements into the design of products. The article proposes and presents the Eco-Ergo model through its application to a real-world product, a washing machine, to allow designers and ergonomists to establish product design requirements in order to minimise environmental impacts related to user–product interaction during the use stage. This model uses a visual language of representation, Blueprinting-based, that helps designers explore problems they have not previously considered during the market research when a wide variety of products with different interaction elements is analysed. The application of this model allows direct efforts and attention on the user analysis phase in the most influential user's actions on the environmental performance of energy-related products during use, establishing ergonomics requirements related to users behaviour at the initial design phase.
Abstract: Practitioner summary: This study provides a proposal to incorporate ergonomics into the practice of eco-design through the use of human factors in the establishment of initial eco-design requirements. This blueprint-based model combines an empirical and theoretical approach, based on the product test developed by designers, ergonomists and environmentalists.
Note: Unidad de excelencia María de Maeztu MdM-2015-0552
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Language: Anglès.
Document: article ; recerca ; acceptedVersion
Subject: Ergonomics ; User-centred design ; Product design ; Energy-related products ; User behavior
Published in: Ergonomics, Vol. 62, issue 7 (Jul. 2019) , p. 940-953, ISSN 0014-0139

DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2019.1600049


Available from: 2020-07-30
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Research literature > UAB research groups literature > Research Centres and Groups (scientific output) > Engineering > Sustainability and Environmental Protection (Sostenipra)
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