Building Technologies: Policy & Technology Projects and Publications

Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

CSE Program Manager Alex Cheimets discusses building technology with a delegation of mayors from the National League of Cities.

Selected Policy & Technology Projects

Energy Consumption of Consumer Electronics

To help energy policymakers make accurate, informed decisions about voluntary or mandatory regulatory programs, the Consumer Electronics Associate (CEA) contracted Fraunhofer CSE to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of energy consumption for US residential consumer electronics in 2010 and 2013.  


Guidelines for Selecting Cool Roofs

Working on behalf of the US Department of Energy, Fraunhofer CSE's researchers assembled a guide to help building owners understand how cool roofs work, what kinds of cool roof options are available, and how to determine if cool roofing is appropriate for a particular building. 


Zero Net Energy Building Task Force

Over the course of a year, Governor Deval Patrick's Zero New Energy Building Task Force evaluated and discussed hundreds of ideas and proposals aimed at increasing adoption of energy-efficient buildings in Massachusetts. As a member of the Task Force, Fraunhofer CSE offered insights from a scientific as well as technical perspective, drawing on research work conducted at MIT and by our counterparts in Germany. 

 

Selected Publications

"Residential Consumer Electronics Energy Consumption in the United States in 2013"

B. Urban, V. Shmakova, B. Lim, and K. Roth

Proc. 8th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL)

Luzern, Switzerland

August 2015


“The Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Impacts of Telecommuting and e-Commerce”

D. Harbor, K. Roth, M. Zeifman, and V. Shmakova

Final Report by the Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) to the Consumer Electronics Association

February 2015


"Residential Consumer Electronics Energy Consumption in 2013"

K. Roth, B. Urban, V. Shmakova, B. Lim

Proceedings of the ACEEE 2014 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Pages 308-320

Washington, D.C

August 2014


"A Data-Driven Framework for Comparing Residential Thermostat Energy Performance"

B. Urban, K. Roth

Fraunhofer CSE and Nest Labs have co-developed a new data-driven framework for comparing the energy performance of residential thermostats. This paper identifies the key challenges facing thermostat assessment and proposes a framework that can help overcome those challenges. Savings due to setpoint adjustments (largely behavioral and highly variable) are addressed separately from more automated HVAC-control based savings (largely mechanical and more consistent). We conclude with an illustrative example of a data-driven simulation approach for quantifying setpoint-based performance using anonymous data from selected thermostat users.

2014


“Energy Consumption of Consumer Electronics in U.S. Homes in 2013”

B. Urban, V. Shmakova, B. Lim, and K. Roth

Final Report to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

June 2014


"Televisions, Computers, and Set-top Boxes: The Big Three of 2010 Home Consumer Electronics Energy Consumption"

B. Urban, V. Tiefenbeck, K. Roth

2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Pacific Grove, CA
August 12th - 17th, 2012


"Energy Consumption of Consumer Electronics in US Homes in 2010"

B. Urban, V. Tiefenbeck, K. Roth

Prepared for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

December 2011


"Guidelines for Selecting Cool Roofs"

B. Urban, K. Roth

Prepared for the US Department of Energy

July 2010