Environmental and Economic Assessment Tools

This list of design tools, databases, guides, studies and procedures is designed to help you measure the costs and environmental benefits of sustainable products and design strategies.

TitleOrganizationDescriptionYear Developed
Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES 2.0)
U.S. government's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)A design tool used to measure the "environmental performance of building products by
using the environmental life-cycle assessment approach specified in ISO
14000 standards. All stages in the life of a product are analyzed: raw
material acquisition, manufacture, transportation, installation, use, and
recycling and waste management. Economic performance is measured using the
ASTM standard life-cycle cost method, which covers the costs of initial
investment, replacement, operation, maintenance and repair, and
Green Building AdvisorBuilding Green and Design HarmonyDatabase of design strategies to improve environmental performance and cost-effectiveness. Several case studies are included.


Green Building Resource GuideThe Architectural MachinePrice index for sustainable building materials.


Standard Practice for Measuring Life Cycle Costs of Buildings and Building SystemsASTM Standard Designation: E 917-94Procedure to complete several life-cycle cost methods.1999

For more information contact: Office of Public Affairs, opa@calrecycle.ca.gov