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MIT’s Mapdwell Project Tracks Sustainable Development Around the World
The Mapdwell Project is a collaborative effort by researchers, academics, and professionals at MIT to develop a community resource of research-driven and tested information on sustainable practices. The Sustainable Design Lab at MIT collaborated with design studio MoDE (Modern Development Studio) to create a user-friendly interface that makes complex data simple and easy to understand. The fundamental goal of Mapdwell is to deliver a tool that enables communities to make informed decisions about how to incorporate sustainable technologies like solar power into their lifestyles through community awareness and access to information about energy efficiency and smart development.
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Mapdwell provides information necessary to install PV panels, by cataloging data on the environmental impacts of current systems as well as their size in kW, cost, and state and federal financial incentives. It simulates solar exposure using historical weather data while considering the slope and shape of a roof as well as physical obstructions like vegetation and surrounding buildings. It computes the potential solar power generation and delivers accurate and unbiased information. Citizens can access this information for any building within a city allowing communities to make informed decisions about sustainable development.
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