Sustainable Design Lab @ MIT
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umi - The Urban Modeling Interface

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Online map of electricity yields and associated costs for installing PV on Cambridge rooftops.

Lorax Project

The Lorax Project - Giving architects a voice in daylighting standards.

MIT Reference Office

MIT Reference Office - A modeling and analysis convention for a daylit spapce.

Glare Analysis

Glare Analysis of Daylit Spaces - Recommendations for Practice.

Urban Microclimate

Urban Microclimate - Designing with the urban heat island effect

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Urban Daylight - Modeling the daylighting potential of cities and neighborhoods.

Welcome to the Sustainable Design Lab at MIT. 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.