Eco-concept Modeling + Life Cycle Assessment Software

Sustainable Minds is comprehensive cloud-delivered software that allows you to credibly estimate, evaluate, compare, and track the environmental performance of products throughout their life cycle – while you are designing.

Sustainable Minds makes the LCA process faster and easier. Real time assessments provide credible environmental impact data allowing you to make informed trade-off decisions between performance, cost and other criteria well before the product is made. Design options that create increased environmental impacts can be identified before changes are costly or impossible to make. It produces compelling, graphic output for fast interpretation and communication within your organization and with partners and customers. This speeds design cycles and gets products into production faster.

SM LCA requires no previous LCA training or expertise. SM LCA is a standardized and consistent process that provides a cost-effective alternative to full-scale LCAs, which are complex, costly, time-consuming and difficult to conduct on loosely defined or rapidly evolving product concepts. SM LCA results are not intended to replace full-scale LCA results. See the ‘Communicating Results’ section of the Learning Center for more information. Sign-up for a trial.

Assessments are created in a 3-stage process that incorporates in-context learning, and knowledge creation and sharing.

SM LCA is based on the ISO 14040 framework for life cycle assessment.

1. Product Setup

Define the scope and goals of the assessment to measure what matters. SM LCA’s in-context Learning Center content helps users understand the purpose and importance of these steps. Free text fields provide opportunities to document content sources, decisions, policies, guidelines, and more. The result is more robust decision support, richer reporting and knowledge sharing.

  • Project definition: client, design brief, product category, ecodesign strategies to explore

  • Goal definition: company environmental goals, purpose of assessment

  • Assessment scope: product system, system boundaries, functional unit

2. Inventory analysis & assessment

It's all about comparisons. Create an unlimited number of product concepts (what-if scenarios) by building a system bill of materials (SBOM) for the reference design. Then create new product concepts to compare.

  • Reference concept creation: It serves as the baseline for comparison. Use an existing product or a new product.

  • Unlimited concept creation: Enables concept comparison across key attributes to easily identify changes in environmental performance from the reference.

  • Build SBOMs to model the whole product system across its life cycle:

    • Build manually or import BOM data from your favorite CAD or PLM system. Note: Interoperability has been streamlined for Autodesk Inventor.

    • Browse the SM Impact Factors of more than 600 materials, processes, use phase consumables, end of life processes, and transportation modes.

    • Create hierarchical or flat SBOMs using sub-assemblies and parts

    • Input as little or as much information as you have, depending on what you want to learn and the state of your product concept. This is not a wizard, which means results are viewable and continuously updated.

3. Compare and interpret results

Discover and analyze environmental impacts to inform and inspire new design concepts that support the goals of the assessment and business goals.

  • Multiple graphic results views provide quantified information. View by scorecard, overall impact, or carbon footprint by both SBOM input and life cycle phase. Learn about the environmental performance of the reference concept and compare it with new product concepts.

  • SM Impact Assessment Methodology is continually updated with single figure impact factors evaluating 10 environmental impact categories and CO2 equivalent values.

  • Printable and exportable assessment results. Print results views to a file (such as PDF), or save results as HTML files for inclusion in presentations, web sites, workshops or print a hard copy to share with the team.