Town of Natick Selects Peregrine Focus on Building Performance to Identify High Energy Users in Municipal Buildings

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Goal is to bring down energy consumption in key municipal buildings by reducing equipment energy use.

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Equipment that runs more than it needs to can account for as much as 15% of a building's energy use.

The Town of Natick, Massachusetts, will use Peregrine Focus on Building Performance to see which pieces of building equipment drive their energy bills and then reduce their energy use with simple schedule changes. The goal of the project is to uncover easy but potentially significant energy savings by identifying and correcting equipment use and maintenance issues.

Natick is a Massachusetts Green Community. The project is funded as a retrocommissioning effort using Green Communities funding from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. This one-year project will address three buildings: the Morse Library, the police & fire headquarters, and the rec center.

“As a Green Community, Natick is looking at every opportunity to reduce its reliance on fossil fuel and control the high cost of energy while providing valued services to town residents,” said Natick Town Administrator Martha White. “Over the past four years, the Natick government has reduced its overall energy use by over 20% by completing various energy efficiency and conservation projects. And it has increased the amount of renewable energy used in town government by almost 15%. The retro-commissioning service, provided by Peregrine, will help us to bring that momentum to the operation of our town buildings.”            

A tightly integrated new suite of services, Peregrine Focus on Building Performance combines equipment monitoring, sophisticated data analysis, and hands-on guidance from experts to uncover and reduce the energy waste that occurs when building equipment runs more than it should.

“Equipment that runs more than it needs to can account for as much as 15% of a building’s energy use,” said Peregrine Energy Group CEO and founder, Paul Gromer. “It’s an easy problem to correct, and these are easy savings to achieve. The real challenge is knowing exactly where to look. Utility meter data does not dive in far enough. We’re excited to give Natick insight that goes deeper than the meter and help them to move closer to their sustainability goals.”

Peregrine’s team will monitor minute-to-minute equipment electricity use and building temperature data. Then they will analyze the data and compare equipment use patterns to building occupancy patterns. Based on that analysis, Peregrine will provide Natick with specific recommendations for how to reduce use and costs by changing equipment use schedules. Monthly data analysis and updates from Peregrine will allow Natick to track the impact of those changes and identify future equipment maintenance issues early, before they become expensive.

About Peregrine Energy Group

Peregrine Energy Group is an energy consulting company with expertise in energy management for building portfolios, energy data analysis and reporting, and strategic consulting. Peregrine Focus, Peregrine’s web-based energy data management and reporting tool, collects and reports on building energy use, cost, and emissions data for thousands of public and private buildings throughout New England. Peregrine also regularly develops and implements energy efficiency plans for municipal, regional, state, and commercial building portfolios.

Founded in 1992 and based in Boston, Massachusetts, Peregrine offers a deep knowledge of energy efficiency, a thorough understanding of energy programs and policies, and a passion for making energy information easy to understand, use, and share with others.

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