MIT Sustainable Design Lab
Boston Energy Study

UBEM Boston | Simulated Energy Use Intensity Distribution for Boston

Boston Energy Study

UBEM Cambridge | Bayesian-based residential archetypes from monthly utility bills

UMI Dashboard

UMI Dashboard | Prototypical Simulation Results Viewer

UMI

UMI | The Rhino-Based Urban Modeling Interface

Accelerad

Accelerad | Daylighting Simulation on the GPU

Daylighting Handbook I

The Daylighting Handbook Volume I is out

Urban Microclimate

Urban Microclimate | Designing with the urban heat island effect


Welcome to the MIT Sustainable Design Lab. We are an inter-disciplinary research group with a grounding in architecture that develops design workflows, planning tools and metrics to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings and neighborhoods. Products originating from our group – such as DIVA, Mapdwell, DAYSIM and umi – are used in practice and education in over 90 countries.

Our goal is to change current architectural and urban planning practices by developing, validating and testing analysis methods 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 – a better performing cities.