Article | 2007

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By Amory Lovins

In an overview of the Factor Ten Engineering (10xE) initiative at RMI, Amory Lovins and Imran Sheikh point to the next industrial revolution and the key role of engineering education in bringing this revolution about. A great deal of RMI’s success has been achieved by using whole-system design to reduce industrial energy use dramatically, but these reductions would not be necessary if buildings and systems had been designed efficiently from the start. Therefore, efficient design needs to be taught to and practiced by engineering students. One way to change engineering pedagogy is through presenting a series of best practice case studies. This article describes one such case study—the optimized piping system designed for carpet-maker Interface’s factory in Shanghai. This article appeared in the Institution of Chemical Engineers publication The Chemical Engineer (September 2007).