Fraunhofer CSE's Building Enclosures and Materials Group focuses on advanced thermal control technologies, applied to building enclosures, their components, and the whole building. The research group develops, designs and analyzes novel thermal insulations, thermal storage materials, radiant insulations, environmental barriers, structural materials and systems, building envelope technologies, controllable building enclosures, and building-integrated solar systems, through numerical analysis as well as laboratory and field testing. In addition, the group works to advance numerical tools for thermal and hygrothermal simulations of building components and whole buildings.

Recent Building Enclosures News

What materials are future buildings made of?.

Fraunhofer USA, fraunhofer.de, December 5, 2018. Fire, cold, heat, water, ice - building materials have to withstand a variety of different conditions while also...

'Home energy scorecard' idea pulled from Senate energy bill.

Serreze, M. C., masslive.com, June 22, 2018. BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Senate on June 14 unanimously approved an ambitious green energy bill that contains a...

Upcoming Events

BAU 2019.

January 14, 2019 - January 19, 2019. Messe München GmbH. Messe München, Munich, Germany.
Fraunhofer CSE and its partners in the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance exhibit in Hall C2, Booth 528.

BuildingEnergy Boston.

March 13, 2019 - March 15, 2019. NESEA Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA.
Fraunhofer CSE exhibits at Table 18.

Latest Presentations & Publications

Thermal impact of adhesive-mounted rooftop PV on underlying roof shingles

Shukla, N., Watts, A., Honeker, C., Hill, M., Kosny, J. (2018). In: Solar Energy. 174 : Elsevier Ltd., pp. 957-966.
Adhesive mounting of residential rooftop photovoltaics (PV) is an alternative to traditional rack mounting that reduces...

Session: C16.21 TG on C1340 Standard Practice for Estimation of Heat Gain or Loss Through Ceilings Under Attics Containing Radiant Barriers by Use of a Computer Program .

Shukla, N. - October 23, 2018. ASTM International: C16 Thermal Insulation. ASTM International. Washington Hilton, International Ballroom East, Table 4, Washington, D.C..
Nitin Shukla is session chair.

A Data-Driven BIRCH Clustering Method for Extracting Typical Load Profiles for Big Data

Fontanini, A., Abreu, J. (2018). In: IEEE Power & Energy General Meeting. Portland: IEEE PES.
In typical load shape analysis, many different clustering methods have been used to segment customers, interpret...

Lab and Testing Facilities

The Building Enclosures Group has indoor testing capabilities in the Center headquarters in Boston and also takes advantage of the environmental exposure testing capabilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico as well as in South Boston and Revere, Massachusetts.

Our Research Facilities


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

Our Partners


Jan Kośny, Ph.D.
Director, Building Enclosures and Materials
Office +1 (617) 714-6525