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Sustainable (Green) Building: Project Design

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.

Title Organization Description Year 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 disposal." 2001
Green Building Advisor Building Green and Design Harmony Database of design strategies to improve environmental performance and cost-effectiveness. Several case studies are included.


Green Building Resource Guide The Architectural Machine Price index for sustainable building materials.


Green City Buildings: Applying the LEED Rating System
(Adobe Acrobat PDF*)
XENERGY, Inc. Study of potential costs and benefits realizable had 3 city buildings been designed green according to the LEED Rating System.


Standard Practice for Measuring Life Cycle Costs of Buildings and Building Systems  ASTM Standard Designation: E 917-94 Procedure to complete several life-cycle cost methods. 1999
Last updated: March 02, 2005
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