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Case Study: Mason Place

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 The apartments had outdated thermostats mounted directly on Whalen fan coil units so temperature readings were never accurate, leading to severe overheating and over cooling, and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.

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Embue Featured on BuiltTech Podcast

May 01, 2018

BuiltTech Podcast

Introduction to Embue: In this episode, we chat with Robert Cooper of Embue about "Smart" apartments and the IoT technology that is changing the multifamily industry.

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Embue Featured on 'Talk Clean to Me' Podcast

May 2018

Smart homes? Everybody is doing it! But what about smart apartment buildings? Listen to our CEO, Robert Cooper, in conversation with Joe and Chloe from Talk Clean To Me as they explore tackling a unique challenge that requires unique solutions. Along the way you’ll also hear about the founding of Greentown Labs - from humble (and mildly hazardous) beginnings to the successful cleantech incubator it is today.

 Embue's CTO, Larry Genovesi

Embue's CTO, Larry Genovesi

New Chairman of the Board

August 16, 2017

Worcester CleanTech Incubator Elects Genovesi Chairman of the Board

Green Builder Editors' Choice Award

Apr 14, 2017

Embue is among the Green Builder 2017 Editors' Choice Awards

From the article:

The Embue Sensor replaces the home thermostat and can adjust household temperature according to weather, humidity, occupancy and energy use patterns. This can cut a monthly bill by up to 25 percent, by not supplying energy where, or when, it’s not needed.

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 Photo by: Sam Oberter

Photo by: Sam Oberter

Winners of the 2017 AIA Housing Awards

April 13, 2017

Roxbury E+, in Boston, by ISA–Interface Studio Architects (with associate architect Urbanica) is one of three winners of the ‘One and Two Family Production Housing Category’. The AIA describes this category as recognizing "excellent design of homes built for the speculative market."

Embue is the energy consulting partner of this project amongst several other partners included in this award.

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National Level Award

Our E+//226-232 Highland Street Townhouses received a national level ‘Top Ten Projects’ award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment 2015.

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Leveraging Data

November 23, 2016

MHN Multi-Housing News

From the article:

For companies seeking insights from current properties when planning new ones, data on usage of building amenities is very helpful.  So said Robert Cooper, president & CEO of Embue, a Boston-based smart technology platform specifically for multifamily communities. “You can get real usage data by putting in building sensors, possibly tied to door locks, helping you devise security for these spaces by getting a sense of how they’re being utilized,” he said. “You can determine how many different people are going into the gym, when they’re using it and how many are there at any one time.”

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Embue Among NMHC’s Top Ten

October 18, 2016

Embue included in National Multifamily Housing Council’s 2016 Launch Pad top ten semifinalists.

Launch Pad is the multifamily industry’s leading tech start-up competition and premier showcase of new and innovative multifamily technology solutions.

3. Embue
Embue delivers smart apartments for residents and building intelligence for owners through its portfolio-wide dashboard and in-building network. Embue smart home technology automates management tasks, optimizes resource use and protects against loss.

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Turn Any Residence into a Smart Home with Embue

October 10, 2016


From the article:

Thanks to Embue, it is now possible to control electronic home heating and cooling devices from a single location. It’s a new type of single source property management tool for the multifamily market. It offers property managers a bird’s eye view of the levels efficiency of the properties they’re responsible for monitoring.

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Smart Property Management with Embue

September 23, 2016

Real Estate Tech News

From the article:

The demand for smart home technology is on the rise in all market segments. Cost and a willingness to install are barriers to the technology’s use. Embue’s standardized system removes these barriers by being cost-effective and easy to install. Residents appreciate the improved comfort and energy savings provided by Embue.

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Embue on Real Estate Radio Boston

October 29, 2016

Hosted by Rick Scherer and Ali Alavi
Interview with Robert Cooper, President, CEO and Founder of Embue

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Driving the Adoption of Smart Home Technology

August 12, 2016

Property Manager Insider

From the article:

“The industry will be surprised by just how the smart apartment will become common place in the coming three to five years,” says Embue President and CEO Robert Cooper, whose company is on the leading edge of networking the devices for better operational efficiency. “The competitive drive to keep residents is what will incent them to install smart apartment platforms that match the expectations of today and tomorrow’s renters.”

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Building the Smart Apartment Home of the Future

August 3, 2016

Property Manager Insider

From the article:

“Now you have companies like Embue … that are kind of turn-key solutions,” he said. “They’ll come in and manage it, they do the analytics, they provide you with the data and you don’t have to be an engineer to understand it.”

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Get "Smart" in Your Apartment Home Technology

July 11, 2016

Property Manager Insider

From the Article:

“There are a number of areas that require thought, understanding, and planning to deliver a great [smart] solution,” Cooper says. “Operating an apartment home is becoming a team sport in that the owners, managers and residents need to have the ability to work together to instantly operate an apartment home,” says Behr. Cooper suggests that “smart managers” do their homework and seek out experts and vendors capable of providing a smart solution that fit the needs of each, whether that be for turnovers, emergency or routine maintenance, or to simply assist a resident locked out of their apartment.

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June 15, 2016

NWP a Real Page Company White Paper
“The Internet of Things and Smart Apartments”

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May 27, 2016

The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all

by Jake Rozmaryn

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May 11, 2016

The Internet of Things and the Multifamily Resident Experience

by Tim Blackwell

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