Lawrence Berkeley National Lab has created a database tool that provides a structured approach to recording design decisions that impact a facility's performance in areas such as energy efficiency. Using the Design Intent Tool, owners and designers alike can plan, monitor, and verify that a facility's design intent is being met during each stage of the design process. Additionally, the tool gives commissioning agents, facility operators, and future owners and renovators an understanding of how the building and its subsystems are intended to operate, and thus track and benchmark performance.