When talking about Sustainable Design, it is usually the process above that is referred to. The process is called Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and involves the company evaluating a life cycle of a product or service and the environmental footprint it causes in different parts of the process. The results are used to drive the company’s environmental work forward.
Our experience is that the construction industry has generally come a long way with this type of work, even though it lags behind the manufacturing industry in many other aspects regarding efficiency.
There are many different strategy frameworks for running a business successfully. One of the more accepted strategies is Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema’s “The Value Disciplines” (1993), which was followed by the book “The discipline of market leaders” (1997), which quickly became a classic and despite its age is still relevant.
Their model is based on three value disciplines. As a company, you analyze which of these disciplines you are strongest in and focus even harder there to become a market leader, while it is enough to be on the threshold value regarding the other disciplines.
Environmental work is not a layer you put on top of your business, but should permeate all disciplines and processes. On a daily basis we help manufacturing companies to become more efficient and long-term sustainable with initiatives in the areas below.
Cadcraft stands behind the UN’s goals for sustainable development and has specially selected goal number 3, 7, 9 and 12. In our daily work with our customers, we contribute to meeting goals 9 and 12, while we internally make efforts to fulfill goal number 3 and 7.