Case Study: Mason Place

Embue installation in a 127-unit affordable senior housing complex in downtown Boston saved 25% on total electricity usage (kWh) and reduced the building’s peak demand charge by 25% as well. 

Case Study: Mason Place

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The dog days of August are behind us, but at Embue things are really heating up. We recently installed Embue in a 127-unit affordable senior housing complex in downtown Boston and we’ve already seen some impressive results. In the first two months of the heavy cooling season, Embue has saved 25% on total electricity usage (kWh) and has reduced the building’s peak demand charge by 25% as well. 

Here in Boston, it’s a familiar story. The building is not unlike many buildings in the city – masonry, built in 1918 and approximately 135,000 sq. ft. The apartments had outdated thermostats mounted directly on Whalen fan coil units so temperature readings were never accurate, leading to severe overheating and over cooling, and residents compensated by opening and closing windows throughout the year to make their apartments livable. The result was wasted energy, wide temperature oscillations, extremely low humidity in the winter and high humidity in the summer.

Just a few months ago, a team from Embue and Building Energy Services in Chelmsford, MA installed new intelligent thermostats in each unit and Embue’s building intelligence system in the building. The Embue solution will create the right thermostatic control, and as the building heating load decreases, the central equipment control will modulate boiler operation and pump speed to reduce gas and electricity consumption. The whole environment is managed via Embue Super, our dashboard that gives owners and managers control over and information about the building’s equipment and indoor environment. 

The results so far have been phenomenal and we’ve written a case study that details the solution and the results seen so far.

Read the entire case study