Maximize Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
Innovative Energy Model Powers
Boston’s Efficiency Efforts
A powerful new tool is set o help Boston stakehold- ers identify cost-effective nergy efficiency and resiliency solutions. Created by MIT
researchers, the Boston Citywide Energy
Model estimates the gas and electricity
demand of the nearly 100,000 buildings in
Boston for every hour, every day.
“Nobody has ever modeled a city the
size of Boston at this level of detail,”
says Christoph Reinhart, Associate
Professor of Architecture at MIT, who
partnered with Ph.D. student Carlos
Cerezo and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory
and Sustainable Design Lab to create the
model’s unprecedented scale and detail.
“It’s also the first time that these data are
To create the model, the team
obtained the city’s comprehensive
geographic information systems dataset,
which included information on building
geometry, the uses of all of Boston’s
parcels of land and property tax records.