Environmental Assessment Tools

This list of tools is designed to assist in the environmental assessment of building materials. This information was adapted from a report developed by VITETTA–Public Management Consulting in association with Natural Strategies, Inc.

TitleOrganizationDescriptionYear Developed
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method BREEAMECD and the Building Research Establishment (BRE)An environmental performance assessment tool.


EnvestBREEnvironmental impact tool and life-cycle assessment approach used to
compare different building designs via -ecopoint- scoring.


ATHENA v.2.0Athena Sustainability InstituteSoftware tool used to compare environmental trade-offs between various sustainable design attributes.


Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEEDTM) U.S. Green Building CouncilRating system for commercial buildings based on energy and environmental performance standards.


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