Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES)

NIST BEES Front CoverBuilding for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) is an automated approach for measuring the life-cycle assessment, plus environmental and economic performance of a building product. The BEES software analyzes all stages in the life of a product (LCA), including raw-material acquisition, manufacture, transportation, installation, use, recycling and waste management. Economic performance is measured using the ASTM standard life-cycle cost method, including initial investment, replacement, operation, maintenance and repair, and disposal; and environmental and economic performance are combined into an overall performance measurement.

Several plastic products used in building and construction have already found their way into BEES, allowing specifiers the opportunity to evaluate plastic as part of their systems design. Other federal agencies are helping in the funding of BEES (e.g., U.S. EPA, HUD’s Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing Program), and some manufacturers are adding their products to the ecoprofiles, which are included in BEES 4.0 version. For more information, visit