Technical products are, during their entire life-span, subjected to a multitude of influences from their
environment, thus affecting their functional ability, their durability and their quality and reliability.
It is, therefore, technically and economically essential to design and manufacture products in such a way as to withstand the imposed loads and reliably fulfil their tasks.
Methods of environmental engineering examine the interactions between object and its environment. With a view to possible synergisms, system-technological considerations and thinking in the entirety are indispensable.
Environmental engineering deals in principle with questions of
- functional ability
Environmental Engineering in its working methods combines ecology and economy, protection of the environment and product quality, as it applies technical knowledge to ecological problem areas. A longer life-span of products serves the consumer as well as the conservation of resources, it results in a reduction of waste and a more economical approach to energy the environment.
Methods of environmental simulation are, to an increasing extent, also used on non-technical products, e.g. examination of the recent forest decline, damage to ancient monuments and simulation of substance emission into the environment.