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.

1998

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

2000

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

2002

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

2003