Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) Please, 67260 [2019-26453]

Download as PDF 67260 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 236 / Monday, December 9, 2019 / Notices subheadings are provided for convenience and U.S. Customs purposes only. The written description of the scope is dispositive. [FR Doc. 2019–26457 Filed 12–6–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) Please National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 7, 2020. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Maureen O’Reilly, Management Analyst, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20889-1710, (or via the internet at PRAcomments@doc.gov). All Personally Identifiable Information (for example, name and address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Joshua D. Kneifel, (301) 975– 6857 or joshua.kneifel@nist.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: I. Abstract For more than 25 years, the Engineering Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed and automated an approach for measuring the life-cycle environmental and economic performance of building products. Known as BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability), the tool reduces complex, science-based technical content (e.g., over 1000 material and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Dec 06, 2019 Jkt 250001 energy flows from raw material extraction through product disposal) to decision-enabling results and delivers them in a visually intuitive graphical format. BEES Please is a voluntary program to collect data from product manufacturers so that the environmental performance of their products may be evaluated scientifically using BEES. NIST will publish in BEES Online (http://ws680.nist.gov/bees) an aggregated version of the data collected from manufacturers that protects data confidentiality, subject to manufacturer’s review and approval. BEES measures environmental performance using the environmental life-cycle assessment approach specified in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14040 series of 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 International standard life-cycle cost method (E 917), which covers the costs of initial investment, replacement, operation, maintenance and repair, and disposal. II. Method of Collection Data on materials use, energy consumption, waste, and environmental releases will be collected using an electronic, MS Excel-based questionnaire. An electronic, MS Wordbased User Manual accompanies the questionnaire to help in its completion. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0693–0036. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Renewal (of a current information collection) with changes. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 30. Estimated Time per Response: 62 hours and 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,875. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. IV. Request for Comments NIST invites comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Office, Commerce Department. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Institute of Standards and Technology


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Building for 
Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) Please

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 7, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Maureen O'Reilly, Management 
Analyst, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau 
Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20889-1710, (or via the internet at 
[email protected]). All Personally Identifiable Information (for 
example, name and address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may 
be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information 
or otherwise sensitive or protected information. You may submit 
attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe 
PDF file formats.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Joshua D. Kneifel, (301) 975-6857 or 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    For more than 25 years, the Engineering Laboratory of the National 
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed and 
automated an approach for measuring the life-cycle environmental and 
economic performance of building products. Known as BEES (Building for 
Environmental and Economic Sustainability), the tool reduces complex, 
science-based technical content (e.g., over 1000 material and energy 
flows from raw material extraction through product disposal) to 
decision-enabling results and delivers them in a visually intuitive 
graphical format. BEES Please is a voluntary program to collect data 
from product manufacturers so that the environmental performance of 
their products may be evaluated scientifically using BEES. NIST will 
publish in BEES Online (http://ws680.nist.gov/bees) an aggregated 
version of the data collected from manufacturers that protects data 
confidentiality, subject to manufacturer's review and approval. BEES 
measures environmental performance using the environmental life-cycle 
assessment approach specified in the International Organization for 
Standardization (ISO) 14040 series of 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 International standard 
life-cycle cost method (E 917), which covers the costs of initial 
investment, replacement, operation, maintenance and repair, and 
disposal.

II. Method of Collection

    Data on materials use, energy consumption, waste, and environmental 
releases will be collected using an electronic, MS Excel-based 
questionnaire. An electronic, MS Word-based User Manual accompanies the 
questionnaire to help in its completion.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0693-0036.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Renewal (of a current information collection) with 
changes.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 30.
    Estimated Time per Response: 62 hours and 30 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,875.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

IV. Request for Comments

    NIST invites comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Office, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2019-26453 Filed 12-6-19; 8:45 am]
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