Welcome to the Tools section of the Whole Building Design Guide. These pages offer information on a variety of desktop or Web-based tools used in the building industry.

Click the 'Tool' heading to sort by ascending or descending order. In addition, narrow the list by selecting a tool category from the drop-down and clicking 'Apply'.

Tool Version
Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings 5.1.01 Software tool designed to evaluate whole buildings and assemblies based on internationally recognized life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology
Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) Online The BEES software brings to your fingertips a powerful technique for selecting cost-effective, environmentally-preferable building products.
Building Life-Cycle Cost (BLCC) 5.3-16 The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed the Building Life Cycle Cost (BLCC) Programs to provide computational support for the analysis of capital investments in buildings.
Sustainable Facilities Tool (SFTool) Online The Sustainable Facilities Tool ( is an interactive website that shows users how to build, buy, and operate green.
TRACE 700 6.3 TRACE 700 helps you compare the energy and economic impact of building-related selections such as architectural features, HVAC systems, HVAC equipment, building utilization or scheduling, and financial options.