Mapdwell® develops decision-making tools to help communities transform information into action.
Solar System™ uses MIT-licensed technology to provide the
best rooftop-solar remote assessment in the world.
The Mapdwell Project is about enabling communities with information in order to drive sustainable practices, community awareness, energy efficiency, and smart development through the aggregate effort of individuals. Mapdwell proposes an organic, bottom-up, collective approach to sustainability by delivering accurate, open, and unbiased information to increase education and spread knowledge.
We work at the intersection of data and design to create effective decision-making tools.
We assist complex decision-making processes – through carefully designed choice architecture – where economics, education, and environmental goals can be aligned. Communities can now do well while doing good.
Our team is a collaborative group of academics, researchers, and professionals from different fields – design, building technology, engineering, environmental sciences, and computer sciences, among others – committed to imagining, crafting, and delivering beautiful, powerful information tools.
We share a passion for a job well done and the conviction that it can always be better.
Eduardo Berlin holds an MDesS from Harvard University and a Masters of Architecture from PUC Chile. He was the 2010 Gramlich Fellow for Emerging Leaders in Community Development, granted by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and NeighborWorks America. He is the founder of MoDe Studio, a Boston-based real estate, design, and consulting workshop. In 2013, he co-founded Mapdwell to consolidate his interest and research in information models as catalysts of positive change, housing market evolution, and community-driven sustainability.
Director of Research
Christoph Reinhart is an Associate Professor in Building Technology at MIT where heads the Sustainable Design Lab. He works in the field of sustainable building design and environmental modeling and has particular expertise is in daylighting, passive climatization techniques and the influence of occupant behavior on building energy use. Before joining MIT in early 2012 he led the Sustainable Design Program at Harvard and was a staff scientist at the National Research Council of Canada. He holds a doctorate in architecture form the Technical University of Karlsruhe.
Alstan Jakubiec is an Assistant Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design, where his expertise is in daylighting and thermal modeling at individual building and citywide scales. Besides his work at Mapdwell, Alstan develops new methods of visual comfort analysis for the design of comfortable buildings. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Chief Application Developer
Chief Operating Officer
Researcher and Analyst
We believe in information as a driver of positive change and in design as a powerful means to spread it. We’re committed to the quality of our work, the communities we partner with, and a lasting and sustainable future.
work with the sun®
Distributed generation through rooftop solar is a unique opportunity for collective action towards sustainability, expanding our renewable energy base, and participating in the new share economy. While solar PV has been around for a long time, it only recently became a cost-effective, straight-forward technology every home- and business-owner should consider.
Rooftop solar makes sense. Mapdwell is set to provide the information and tools required so that anyone can work with the sun.
With solar energy, a typical household can produce 2-3x the electricity it needs, adhere to a clean energy society, and help build a sustainable future.
By crowdsourcing the clean energy economy, rooftop solar feeds the grid in a network of efficient micro-generators that replace polluting power plants.
Market conditions and incentive programs align distributed solar with sustainability goals and financial performance.
To promote education and knowledge transfer in solar renewable energy, we rely on the best technology available today. We process this information and deliver it in the most effective, intuitive way.
Our exclusive and granular datasets provide the industry with powerful information to enable effective market targeting and value creation.
Understanding solar energy is challenging: feasibility is site- specific, it is technically complex, and the financial analysis builds upon several layers.
Rooftop solar is an unconsolidated and rapidly developing market. In this context, enthusiasts struggle to find validated, trusted information and resources.
Local government and other organizations promoting solar need effective tools to maximize their impact.
We build trust through strategic partnerships. This empowers effective messengers to mobilize a larger, more enthusiastic crowd that is more prepared to meet an expanding, more equipped industry.
Information is effectively delivered to the community at large, as a public good that warrants access and promotes opportunities for everyone.
Solar System is an open, online rooftop-solar remote assessment tool that allows any community on Earth to discover their underlying solar resources. It reveals the solar potential of building rooftops through state-of-the-art, hyper-precise, advanced technology developed by our team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and licensed exclusively to Mapdwell.
Solar System is a carefully designed decision-making tool that empowers users with a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis through its open, intuitive, interactive platform. Through this education and awareness approach, Solar System enables individual action and broad, organic solar adoption.
Choose your city:
Mapdwell stands at the vanguard of scientific inquiry and information technology. Our team is constantly improving the quality of our projects, expanding the scope and reach of our tools, and exploring new challenges that align information technology with community action. Future applications will capitalize on Mapdwell’s strong institutional relationships and its position at the forefront of innovation, research, and technology.
PRESS RELEASE | Mapdwell Releases Solar System™ for Boston
Partnership with the City’s Department of Environment, Energy & Open Space brings Solar System to Boston’s 650,000 residents. BOSTON, Massachusetts ― September 16th, 2014 ― For Immediate Release
Mapdwell announced today the launch of Solar System for Boston, Mass., in partnership with the City of Boston – through its Department of Environment, Energy, and Open Space – to provide the entire Boston community with the most advanced solar decision-making tool available today. The strategic alliance brings actionable information for solar PV opportunities to home- and business-owners, building managers, installers, and other industry stakeholders.
Conceived as a public good, Solar System is Mapdwell’s open, online, interactive, and user-oriented tool for rooftop solar photovoltaic remote assessment and cost-benefit analysis. It is based on state-of-the-art technology licensed from M.I.T. and delivered though strategic partnerships seeking to amplify the impact of collective sustainability through awareness, education, and community engagement. Covering over 125,000 building structures, the project identified 2,271 Megawatts of potential high-yield photovoltaic capacity capable of delivering 2,132,000 Megawatt-hours per year. This is enough clean, renewable energy to power 200,000 American households, create over $10 billion in local business, and offset carbon emissions equivalent to planting over 37 million trees.
Solar System has now precisely identified more than 5 square miles of rooftop area in Boston that bears high-yield solar potential. The project should be instrumental for achieving the 25% greenhouse gas emission reduction the City has set as a goal for 2020 and dovetails into Greenovate Boston, a community-driven movement looking to “enable people to take simple steps that will make the City a better, greener place to live and work.” With Solar System, the City provides Bostonians with an effective model for crowdsourcing the clean energy economy and creating value through distributed generation. Mapdwell is proud to take part in the larger sustainability action plan for Boston, ranked as the “Most Energy-Efficient City in the United States” by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Mapdwell Solar System for Boston, MA is available today at http://mapdwell.com/boston
The Mapdwell Project was inspired by a single purpose: to deliver meaningful information through powerful and engaging tools. Mapdwell’s mission is to provide information at the consumer level that will drive community awareness, sustainable practices, energy efficiency, and smart growth through the aggregate effort of individuals. We believe accurate, transparent, and unbiased information is a significant catalyst of positive change.
Mapdwell works at the intersection of data, design, and technology to craft innovative and comprehensive analysis, assessment, visualization, and information tools for urban and non-urban regions and systems. We turn data into information that can be transformed into action.
Mapdwell was featured as a high impact, early stage company at the 2013 SXSW Eco Conference, the sustainability version of the world renowned, cutting edge cultural, music, interactive, and film conference and festival. Earlier this year Wired Magazine selected Solar System as one of the “The Most Amazing, Beautiful and Viral Maps of 2013.”
PRESS RELEASE | Mapdwell Expands to Nation’s Capital
Partnership with the Government of the District of Columbia brings ‘Solar System’ to Washington Boston, Massachusetts – December 11th, 2013 – For Immediate Release
Mapdwell announced today the unveiling of Mapdwell Solar System for the Washington, D.C. area, in partnership with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), expanding the state-of-the-art rooftop solar resources tool to the nation’s capital. The strategic alliance brings actionable information to residents, businesses, installers, and industry stakeholders in the D.C. area. It aims to advance education in solar as a renewable energy source and promote solar adoption for distributed generation.
DDOE was the first of several organizations to partner with Mapdwell – an M.I.T. spin-off – after introducing the platform for Cambridge, Mass. The District’s map comes only seven months after the initial rollout of Solar System, and constitutes the first step in Mapdwell’s expansion of the platform in the United States and abroad. In October Mapdwell was recognized among a select group of “high-impact, early stage companies” as part of the South by Southwest Start-Up Springboard, having been selected by the Advisory Board of SXSW Eco, the sustainability version of the world renowned, cutting edge film, music, and interactive conference and festival.
The expanded web application builds upon Solar System’s powerful integrated platform, defined by its intuitive design, engaging interactive user experience, and delivery of the most comprehensive and accurate cost/benefit analysis – open to all. Mapdwell’s proprietary technology has been licensed exclusively from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
For the D.C. sample, Solar System maps the solar potential of over 160,000 buildings, identifying high yielding solar resources for over 2.5 gigawatts of potential solar photovoltaic installations and over $10 billion in local business. It also pinpoints more than 800 existing installations equivalent to ~4 Mega Watts of installed capacity.
This project is yet another testament to Mapdwell’s ability to scale and to the value of its innovative approach toward achieving sustainability collectively.
Solar System for Washington D.C. is available at http://www.mapdwell.com/solarsystem/dc
The Mapdwell Project is about enabling communities with information that will drive sustainable practices, community awareness, energy efficiency, and smart development through the aggregate effort of individuals. By transforming accurate, open, and unbiased information into education and action, the project proposes an organic –yet highly auspicious– approach to the fossil fuel dilemma.
The Mapdwell team works at the intersection of data, design, and technology to craft innovative and intuitive analysis, assessment, and visualization tools – both at the building and context levels – for urban and non-urban regions and systems.
Mapdwell – a collective of professionals and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) – actively engages communities, municipalities, government agencies, and other organizations to help them spread knowledge and achieve long-term sustainability.
Mapdwell featured at the 2013 SXSW Eco Startup Springboard
Mapdwell at TED The City 2.0!
PRESS RELEASE | "Solar System" Debuts as First Module of Mapdwell Project
Mapdwell unveils urban mapping and informatics platform with rooftop solar potential tool BOSTON, Massachusetts ― May 7, 2013 ― For Immediate Release
Mapdwell unveiled today its online urban mapping and informatics platform, mapdwell.com, alongside Mapdwell Solar System, a next-generation online rooftop solar potential application.
The brainchild of top creative professionals, academics, and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mapdwell is a framework built for the processing and delivery of vast, complex urban information through beautiful, easy-to-understand online interactive tools.
The first module of the Mapdwell platform, Mapdwell Solar System, is the most accurate and user-friendly solar mapping and information application available in the United States. Built upon an exclusive license from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mapdwell Solar System advances proprietary, industry-leading technology to enable the:
- Determination of slope, shape, and orientation of building rooftops;
- Simulation of solar irradiation taking into account historical weather data;
- Consideration of physical obstructions like vegetation and surrounding buildings;
- Computation of potential solar power generation;
- Application of national, state, and local utility rates and incentive programs;
- Delivery of accurate and unbiased information in a beautiful, user-friendly interface.
Mapdwell Solar System employs a rich framework for the processing of LiDAR data, the computation of solar radiation, and the purveyance of meaningful and relatable information to consumers regarding their solar potential. The framework is built upon the familiar and intuitive Google Maps API as a rich web map service, providing this information in objective metrics such as system size in kWh as well as relatable measures like the number of trees saved by installing a solar system.
Mapdwell Solar System’s powerful platform, user-friendliness, speed, accuracy and stability, make it the best and most thorough web-based rooftop photovoltaic potential tool. It is based on the latest web and data management technology and hosted following the fastest and most reliable standards. It provides efficient and cost-effective scalability at the cluster, city, county, and state levels.
Mapdwell is a multi-disciplinary group of engineers, architects, and building scientists from M.I.T., brought together by a simple realization: individuals have the underlying capacity to drive positive change through their dwelling decisions –where and how they live– but lack the necessary tools to inform their decision-making. The Mapdwell Project was inspired by a single purpose, to deliver meaningful information with powerful and beautiful tools.
Mapdwell’s mission is to provide information at the consumer level that will drive community awareness, sustainable practices, energy efficiency, and smart growth through the aggregate effort of individuals. We believe accurate, transparent, and unbiased information is a significant catalyst of positive change.
Mapdwell works at the intersection of data, design, and technology to craft innovative and comprehensive analysis, assessment, visualization, and information tools for buildings and urban and non-urban regions and systems. We turn data into information that can be transformed into action.
Launching on May 7th
With only a few days left, we are working on all those tiny details that matter so much. We can't wait to share "Solar System" with you all! So check back on Tuesday, May 7th 2013.
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