Building Energy Management

Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

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Building Energy Management Research at Fraunhofer CSE

Fraunhofer CSE's Building Energy Management team accelerates development, commercialization, and deployment of next-generation energy-saving building technologies and practices. We take an integrated systems approach to develop technologies that decrease primary energy consumption and CO2 emissions, enhance the durability of the built environment, and create a productive and healthy indoor environment. 

Our team consists of experts in a variety of disciplines, including engineering, energy modeling, thermal and fluid science, applied mathematics, data acquisition and sensors, and experimental psychology. We create teams tailored to effectively and efficiently deliver on each project.


Fraunhofer CSE's Building Energy Management Group applies its expertise in four main areas:

  • Working with clients from industry, academia and government to develop new products
  • Field testing of novel building technologies and materials 
  • Evaluating product performance through laboratory testing, field deployments, and modeling, simulation, and analysis.
  • Demonstration projects to acquire real-world performance data

Our Research Programs

The Building Energy Management Group has two major research programs: 


Energy Management

We evaluate the real-world effectiveness and market adoption of energy management technologies, such as home automation systems and energy management systems, analyzing both technical and behavioral factors. We also develop electric load disaggregation and smart meter data algorithms.

Policy and Technology Assessment

We help government and industry clients accurately evaluate the full potential of new and emerging building technologies. 


Lab and Outdoor Testing Facilities

The Building Energy Management team has indoor testing capabilities in the Center headquarters in Boston and also takes advantage of the outdoor testing capabilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Revere, Massachusetts.


Our Research Facilities