Development and LCA analysis of new product in wood industry

Subject description

  • The concept and importance of new products
  • The process of new product development (exploration, collection and evaluation of ideas, business and market analysis, technology manufacturing, design and marketing of new product development, market testing of a new product)
  • The life cycles of products and strategy
  • LCA analysis of a new product
  • Standards, methodologies and certifications in the field of environmental impacts assessment and their use for ethical and socially responsible design, planning and evaluation of strategic development opportunities of organizations
  • • Scheme for eco-labeling carbon footprint of products (the concept of cradle to cradle)
  • Lifecycle scenario design for product end-of-life strategy
  • • Sustainable Planning 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
  • • Good practices for carbon-efficient wood construction

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences


The aim of the course is that the student acquires a basic practical knowledge on the development and LCA analysis of a new product and to learn the techniques, methods and models that can the market-oriented company allow to meet the expectations of consumers better than competitors.


The student is trained to follow developments in the competitive environment, companies associated with new product development and for rapid reaction to the change. Mastered the development and LCA analysis of a new product.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminar

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding:

Students develop the ability and skills to adopt independent professional decisions related to the development and LCA analysis of a new product. He knows the methods and approaches to obtaining data and information that are needed for this purpose.

Basic sources and literature

Oblak, L. 2013. Trženje lesnih izdelkov in storitev. Biotehniška fakulteta, Oddelek za lesarstvo, Ljubljana, 175 str.

Kotler, P. 1996. Marketing management. Slovenska knjiga, Ljubljana, 832 str.

Muthu, S. S. 2014. Assessment of Carbon Footprint in Different Industrial Sectors, Volume 1; Springer, 292 str.

Kitek Kuzman, M.,  Kutnar, A. 2014. Contemporary Slovenian Timber Architecture for Sustainability, Springer, Zurich, 170 str. ISBN 978-3-319-03634-2 (

PAS 2050. 2011. Specification for the assessment of the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services. BSI, UK.

Ecimovic, T. et al. 2007. The sustainable (development) future of mankind. Korte: Medosi, Slovenia. ISBN 978-961-91826-2-8.

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