Facilities Committee

"MIT and the Association of Independent Living Groups (AILG) expect that all FSILG houses will be safe, secure, clean, comfortable, conducive to learning, proactively managed, and appropriately inspected and licensed."

Winter Guidelines

Winter is upon us. Low temperatures can cause frozen pipes and enormous damage, potentially resulting in the evacuation of buildings for long periods. And during IAP our houses may be sparsely populated.

For these reasons extra vigilance is called for. Every room in our houses holds the potential for trouble. Pipes for sprinklers, heat, or plumbing are to be found in all parts of our buildings. A single open window during a temperature drop can freeze a pipe and cause major destruction.

Be vigilant:

  • Check for problems daily.
  • Check for open windows.
  • Remove air conditioner units.
  • Make sure heat is on. Keep thermostats at 65 degrees F or higher.
  • Someone may have opened a window because the heat is on too high and can't be controlled from that room.
  • A window may not have been closed properly.
  • A thermostat may have been turned down.

These and other guidelines for winter are covered in detail in these Winter Guidelines

If you have a burst pipe or other issue please contact your alum house corp ASAP. If you are unable to reach your alum house corp, please contact help@fsilg.coop and any vendors with whom you have an established relationship.

Let's all remain on our guards through the winter and emerge with no disasters.

SLI Specification

The SLI Specification is an important enabling document describing the requirements and overall structure of the Safety, Licensing, and Inspection Program. The AILG membership voted to accept this SLI Specification at the AILG Plenary meeting held on November 17, 2022.

This previous version of the SLI Specification dates from 2006.

Here is a list of Facilities Committee policies and guidelines. 
Here is the Handout from the August 26 Student House Manager Training. This is a list useful best practices, checklists, and contacts for undergraduate house managers and others.
Also, FSILGs may wish to use an attestation form for contractor visits. Here are WORD and PDF versions



The AILG Facilities committee provides assistance to houses in meeting their facilities-related responsibilities.  Your main source for information in this regard is the Facilities Committee's House Manager's Manual. This manual is kept up to date and includes what you need to know about maintenance, inspections, and policies. 

A service specifically involving inspections is offered to houses by the AILG, the SLI (Safety, Licensing, and Inspections) Program, This offers assistance to houses to ensure they are ready to meet the requirements of municipal codes and associated inspections.

Policies, Guides, and Archives

The Facilities Assessment Program was a professional engineering evaluation of all houses with respect to their immediate and long-term physical needs regarding infrastructure and safety.

For other policies and more, go HERE.


New volunteers are always welcome. As of September 2020 meetings are by Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00am Eastern Time. Contact  Ernie Sabine, Chair: esabine@alum.mit.edu.

Notes from previous meetings can be found HERE.