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

Energy Storage Networks: The Executive Director of Fraunhofer CSE talks research, renewables & energy storage.

Froese, M., Hoepfner, C., WTWH Media, August 31, 2018. In this episode of Energy Works we speak with Dr. Christian Hoepfner, the Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Center...

A Smart Grid Today podcast with Christian Hoepfner .

Spencer, S., Hoepfner, C., Smart Grid Today, August 22, 2018. Let me start out with (…) SHINES SunDial. The idea is two-fold: How can we reduce the size of the electrical battery,...

Upcoming Events

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

New trends in solar: A comparative study assessing attitudes towards the adoption of rooftop solar

Abreu, J., Wingartz, N., Hardy, N. (2019). In: Elsevier - Energy Policy. 128 : Elsevier, PP. 347-363.
The factors affecting the adoption of conventional solar PV have been broadly addressed in the recent literature....

The Next Frontier of Intelligent Workplaces - Employees and Smartphones.

Roth, K. - October 16, 2018. CoreNet Global Summit Conference 2018. CoreNet Global. John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston, MA.
Kurt Roth is a panelist on “The Next Frontier of Intelligent Workplaces - Employees and Smartphones,” on Tuesday...

User Testing to Improve User Experience & Utility Program Delivery.

Abreu, J. - October 9, 2018. Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference (BECC). ACEEE, CIEE, and PEEC at Stanford University. Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C..
Joana presents on Tuesday, October 9th during the Digital Media for Energy Savings Session 4B in Regency D, 10:30am –...

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