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Sustainable (Green) Building: Project Design

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.

Title Organization Description Year Developed
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method BREEAM ECD and the Building Research Establishment (BRE) An environmental performance assessment tool.


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


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


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


Last updated: December 3, 2014
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