STUDENT OF CITIES, CARTOGRAPHY, DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AND SUSTAINABILITY

MAPPING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN CAMBRIDGE

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An independent research paper and mapping concept proposal
Research advised by Harvey Michaels, Lecturer, MIT
Read the full report (pdf).

Building the Energy Map: Encouraging Retrofits in Multi-Family Housing in Cambridge

This paper builds on the previous MIT Energy Efficiency Strategy Project research to explore how an energy map could catalyze energy efficiency upgrades in one of the most difficult sectors to reach – multi-family housing. Focusing specifically on Cambridge, Massachusetts, this report explores mapping precedents, necessary data inputs and data access for a mapping pilot, and how this energy map could potentially change the energy efficiency market.

The proposed concept is building an interactive map to help prospective renters identify high energy consuming apartments.  This could create social incentives for landlords to upgrade their buildings. Moreover, other interested parties such as government agencies and energy contractors could use the map to target neighborhoods for energy efficiency outreach.