Gallery: MIT’s New Tools for Sustainability-Minded Designers and Develo...

Typical Energy Proforma© output: In this case, the "Criss-Cross" Clean Energy Prototype, is shown to consume substantially less energy/area than existing neighborhood types in Jinan. The Proforma compiles 3 types of energy data: how the neighborhood form affects the type and amount of transportation used, the amount of energy used for operations such as heating and cooling and the amount of energy consumed in construction.

MIT researchers, in collaboration with China’s Tsinghua University, have recently created a new set of tools to evaluate the energy performance of large-scale development projects. The tools are a response to China’s rapid urbanization and succession of ever-larger housing and infrastructure projects. The researchers’ goal was to help shape the process of urbanization one neighborhood at a time, producing cleaner energy patterns than would otherwise exist.

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