MIT Sustainable Design Lab
Boston Energy Study

Boston Building Energy Model | Simulated Energy Use Intensity Distribution for Downtown Boston

UMI Dashboard

UMI Dashboard | Prototypical Simulation Results Viewer

Comfort in Motion

Comfort in Motion | A New Bike Route between MIT and Harvard


UMI | The Rhino-Based Urban Modeling Interface


Accelerad | Daylighting Simulation on the GPU

Daylighting Handbook I

The Daylighting Handbook Volume I is out

Lower Roxbury

Development of an energy retrofitting and walkability concept for an old Boston neighborhood

Urban Microclimate

Urban Microclimate | Designing with the urban heat island effect

Welcome to the MIT Sustainable Design Lab. Our lab is part of the Building Technology Program at the Department of Architecture at MIT. Our mission is to produce high quality fundamental and applied research that facilitates the design of resource-efficient and comfortable environments at the building and neighborhood scale.

Our goal is to change current architectural practice by developing, validating and testing design workflows and performance metrics that lead to improved design solutions as far as occupant comfort and building energy use are concerned. The premise of our work is that a more informed design process will lead to better design choices and ultimately better performing buildings.

Founded in January 2012, the Sustainable Design Lab originally grew out of the G(SD)2 Research Initiative at Harvard which was initiated and led by Christoph Reinhart before his transition to MIT.