Fraunhofer CSE's Building Energy Systems group performs applied R&D to provide insights into the energy performance of building systems and develop new energy-saving technologies and practices.

Our interdisciplinary team has expertise in several core disciplines, including field monitoring, data analytics, behavioral analysis, energy modeling, and thermal and fluid science.

We create project teams tailored to the specific needs of each project to effectively and efficiently deliver for our clients. We:

  • Test, demonstrate, and evaluate the performance of emerging building technologies in the field
  • Develop building performance assessment and control algorithms
  • Evaluate the impact of people and behaviors on energy consumption
  • Characterize building energy consumption to inform policy decisions
  • Assess building technologies to identify high-impact opportunities

Recent Building Energy Systems News

Sustainable Buildings Are Key To Ensuring A Greener Future.

Schierenbeck, A., Huffington Post, September 26, 2017 . With current efforts around the Paris Climate Agreement, sustainability goals are at the top of most governments’...

Energy Efficiency Success Story: TV Energy Consumption Shrinks as Screen Size and Performance Grow, Finds New CTA Study.

Santa, I., CTAtech.com, July 12, 2017 . Today's televisions are consuming less energy and saving consumers more money - even as TVs increase in size and...

Upcoming Events

21st Century Energy Transition Symposium.

October 30, 2017 - October 31, 2017. Energy Institute and The School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
Joana Abreu will be presenting in Session 2: Behavioral and Human Dimensions on October 31, 2017 at 9:20am.

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

November 8, 2017 - November 10, 2017. Informa Exhibitions & U.S. Construction and Real Estate. Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), Boston, MA.
Booth 121, Hall A-B, Intelligent Building & Connected Home

Latest Presentations & Publications

Panel: Human Behavior and Energy Use in Buildings.

Roth, K. - June 26, 2017. 2017 EIA Energy Conference. U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Information Administration. Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC.
Panelists: Erin Boedecker, Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, Kurt Roth, Marina Sofos

Lab and Testing Facilities

The Building Energy Systems group conducts field testing in occupied commercial and residential buildings across the U.S. We also perform behavioral testing and data acquisition development in the Center headquarters in Boston, and have access to Fraunhofer’s outdoor testing capabilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Revere, MA.

Our Research Facilities


Fraunhofer CSE partners with a wide-array of leading governmental, industry, academic and research institutions around the world.

Our Partners


Kurt Roth, Ph.D.
Director, Building Energy Systems
Office +1 (617) 575-7256