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

Gadgets: Weniger ist mehr [Less is More].

Evers, M., Der Spiegel, January 5, 2018 . Smartphone, tablet, game console, flat screen TV: The home appliance zoo seems to have grown explosively recently. But...

The Upside to America's Gadget Infatuation.

Bullard, N., Minter, A., Bloomberg.com, December 31, 2017 . Smartphones and tablets keep getting smaller, replacing energy-guzzling TVs and PCs while saving on raw materials.

Upcoming Events

BuildingEnergy Boston.

March 8, 2018 - March 9, 2018. NESEA Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA.

Latest Presentations & Publications

An innovative practical battery thermal management system based on phase change materials: Numerical and experimental investigations

Lazrak, A., Fourmigué, J., Robin, J. (2018). In: Applied Thermal Engineering. 128 : Elsevier, pp. 20-32.

Energy Consumption of Consumer Electronics in U.S. Homes in 2017

Urban, B., Roth, K., Singh, M., Howes, D. (2017). Boston: Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
Fraunhofer CSE was contracted for a third time in seven years by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) to conduct a...

United States Patent: Methods and system for nonintrusive load monitoring

Zeifman, M. (2017). : United States Patent Office.
Identification and tracking of major electric appliances by using aggregate power data obtained at the main breaker...

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