Design and sustainability honors

During the design and construction of MIT.nano, the project team identified primary drivers of energy consumption and adjusted them to optimize performance while minimizing energy use. The team incorporated over 60 energy conservation measures, including a heat recovery system and high-performance curtain wall, resulting in 51 percent energy cost savings and 50 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction over industry standards. Since its opening in 2018, this exceptionally performing facility has been recognized with a series of awards and honors.

MIT Chemistry Undergrad Teaching Lab receives a I2SL Lab Sustainability Award
During the 2022 International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL)’s Annual Conference, the MIT Chemistry Undergrad Teaching Lab (UGTL), located on the fifth floor of MIT.nano, was awarded the I2SL Lab Sustainability Award. Read more from MIT EHS.

Excellence in Architecture for a New Building
Awarded by the Society for College and Urban Planning (SCUP), the SCUP Excellence Award honors achievement in strategic, integrated planning that results in exemplary buildings and grounds, institutional success, and careers that inspire. Read more from SCUP.

AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) 2021 Top Ten Award
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) annual COTE award recognizes ten projects, located anywhere in the world, that meet AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence—ten principles aimed at creating a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment. Projects are evaluated on how well they are designed for integration, equitable communities, ecosystems, water, economy, energy, well-being, resources, change, and discovery. Read more at MIT News.

LEED Platinum Certification 2020
Determined by the U.S Green Building Council, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation is a performance-based rating system of a building’s environmental attributes associated with its design, construction, operations, and management. Platinum is the highest of the four possible ratings, requiring over 80 points for various green building strategies across several categories. MIT.nano earned 84 points. Read more at MIT News.

Boston Society of Architects 2020 Honor Award for Design Excellence
Each year the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), often in collaboration with other organizations, sponsors awards programs to honor design excellence in Massachusetts, throughout New England and elsewhere. Design awards celebrate excellent architecture and reward clients for investing in it. Read more from BSA.

AIA New England 2020 Design Honor Award
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) annually recognizes individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture and the AIA. MIT.nano was one of ten to receive a 2020 Honor Award. Read more from AIA.

International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) 2019 “Go Beyond” Award
The I2SL Go Beyond Award recognizes a commitment to excellence in sustainability in laboratory and other high-technology facility projects by going beyond the facility itself to consider shared resources, infrastructure and services, and neighboring communities, as well as contributing to increased use of energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable designs, systems, and products. Read more at MIT News.

AIA Education Facility Design 2019 Award of Merit
The American Institute of Architects announced nine projects honored in the 2019 Education Facility Design Awards—four Awards of Excellence and five Awards of Merit. Eligible projects represent various learning institutions from the early childhood level through higher education, as well as specialized training centers and non-traditional learning facilities including community centers, interpretive centers, libraries, museums, and nature centers. Read more at ARCHITECT Magazine.

ACEC/MA 2019 Grand Award for Engineering Excellence
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) selected MIT.nano as a Gold Winner for engineering excellence. The ACEC/MA noted that "through innovative applications of advanced engineering concepts, MIT.nano saves more than 50% in energy costs over the LEED baseline and reduces the overall carbon footprint." Read more for ACEC/MA.

Research & Development World 2019 Lab of the Year Award
This international competition recognizes excellence in research laboratory design, planning, and construction. A high profile panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers and editors of R&D Magazine, Laboratory Design and Laboratory Equipment served as the judging panel. Read more at R&D World.