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MIT Creates Energy Model for Boston.

BOSTON -- Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have built a complex building energy model of the City of Boston for use in city planning and climate goals.

Researchers from the architecture department, the Building Technology Program, and the MIT Sustainable Design Lab, have developed what MIT calls "a citywide urban building energy model of unprecedented scale and spatio-temporal detail."

Specifically, the new model estimates the gas and electricity demand of every building in Boston for every hour of every day of the year. In total, the model covers around 92,000 buildings.

The model will be used by the City of Boston to determine when and how buildings consume electricity and heating fuel, and will help officials "better understand the potential for community energy solutions and to identify specific project opportunities that could lower costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and make Boston's energy system more resilient."

Caption: MIT's Citywide Energy Model simulated energy use in a 200 m by 200 m grid for the City of Boston.

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Title Annotation:INDUSTRY NEWS
Publication:ASHRAE Journal
Article Type:Author abstract
Geographic Code:1U1MA
Date:Apr 1, 2016
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