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

Massachusetts State Reps Visit Fraunhofer CSE’s Living Lab in South Boston.

Fraunhofer CSE, cleantechnotes.org, February 15, 2018. Last month, Fraunhofer CSE was honored to host Massachusetts State House Representatives Jon Hecht (29th Middlesex...

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...

Upcoming Events

Session: Better from A Distance: Saving Money and Improving Quality with Remote Techniques.

Roth, K. - April 23, 2018. 2018 HPC National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show. Home Performance Coalition. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA.
Kurt Roth presents.

Latest Presentations & Publications

Poster Session: SunDial - An Integrated SHINES System to Enable High-penetration Feeder-level PV.

Roth, K., Kromer, M. - February 12, 2018. U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office Portfolio Review. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Wardman Park Marriott, Washington, DC.
Kurt Roth and Matt Kromer presents.

Whereat we have a Thermostat Chat: Using Communicating Thermostat Data to Remotely Identify EE Opportunities.

Roth, K., Zeifman, M., Lazrak, A. - January 17, 2018. CEE Winter Program Meeting. Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA.
Kurt Roth presents.

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.

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