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Bryan Urban

Senior Technical Staff, Building Energy Systems
Expertise:
  • Emerging Energy Technology Evaluation
  • Energy Efficiency Field Testing and Demonstrations
  • Energy and Behavior
  • Home Energy Management Systems
  • Advanced Thermal Insulation Systems
  • Connected Thermostats

Bryan Urban is a Senior Member of Technical Staff for the Building Energy Systems Group, where he leads projects to validate the energy-saving capabilities of innovative building technologies. His focus is on field testing and analysis to help companies demonstrate their new products to end-users, utilities, and investors. Bryan’s projects have helped companies of all sizes spanning a range of building technology categories including smart thermostats, consumer electronics, advanced thermal insulation, and remote building assessment tools.

Bryan’s personal research interests lie at the intersection of energy technology and human behavior. In particular, identifying and exploiting ways to make buildings more efficient while improving thermal comfort and occupant satisfaction. A new generation of connected devices brings exciting new opportunities for energy savings through intelligent automation. When new products are developed, they often perform differently than expected. Our scientific field testing and monitoring projects help our clients uncover and resolve unanticipated issues, and our technical support helps companies independently validate the technical merit of their novel approaches.

With more than a decade of expertise in the areas of building science, whole building energy simulation, and remote sensor deployments, Bryan specializes in stochastic and parametric building energy simulation of human behavior, accurate in-situ thermal and energy measurement, and independent fact-based analysis to support energy policymaking. Before joining Fraunhofer CSE in 2008, Bryan worked with the MIT Building Technology Department developing an advanced simulation tool that enables architects to predict the energy and thermal performance of early-stage building concepts. Bryan obtained his MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and his BS from Cornell University, and resides in Cambridge, MA.

Recent Presentations and Publications

Urban, B., Roth, K., Singh, M., Howes, D. (2017).
Energy Consumption of Consumer Electronics in U.S. Homes in 2017. Boston: Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
Fraunhofer CSE was contracted for a third time in seven years by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) to conduct a...
Urban, B. - September 13, 2017
Urban, B., Mueller, J., Milando, J. - August 16, 2017
Urban, B., Roth, R. (2017).
Urban, B., Roth, K. (2017).
Televisions in U.S. homes consumed about 50 billion kWh per year in 2013, or about 4% of the total U.S. residential...
Zeifman, M., Roth, K., Urban, B. (2017).
Communicating Thermostats as a Tool for Home Energy Performance Assessment. In: Proceedings of 35th IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics. Las Vegas: IEEE, pp. 191-192.
Urban, B., Roth, K., Harbor, C. (2016).
Urban, B., Shmakova, V., Lim, B., Roth, K. (2015).
Residential Consumer Electronics Energy Consumption in the United States. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting Lucerne: JRC-IET, pp. 648-656.
Urban, B., Shukla, N., Fontanini, A., Kosny, J. (2015).
Measuring Field Performance of Aerogel Insulation in a Hot, Dry Climate. In: BEST4 Conference on Building Enclosure Science and Technology. Kansas City: National Institute of Building Sciences, pp. 1-10.
Shukla, N., Elliott, D., Urban, B., Kosny, J. - April 12, 2015
Thermal and Energy Performance of Aerated Autoclaved Concrete (AAC). BEST4 Conference on Building Enclosure Science and Technology, National Institute of Building Sciences; Building Enclosure Council of Kansas City; BEC - National; Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council . Westin Kansas City Hotel, Kansas City, MO.
Urban, B., Shukla, N., Fontanini, A., Kosny, J. (2014).
An Outdoor Hut Testing Platform for Evaluating Advanced Building Enclosures. In: NSB Lund: NSB, pp. 135-143.
Roth, K., Urban, B., Shmakova, V., Lim, B. (2014).
Residential Consumer Electronics Energy Consumption in 2013. In: Proceedings of the ACEEE 2014 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Washington: ACEEE, pp. 308-320.
Urban, B., Roth, K. (2014).
A Data-Driven Framework for Comparing Residential Thermostat Energy Performance. Boston: Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE.
Urban, B., Shmakova, V., Lim, B., Roth, K. (2014).
Urban, B., Elliott, D., Shukla, N., Fallahi, A., Kosny, J., McDonough, M. (2013).
Thermal Mass Effect of Solid Block Aerated Autoclaved Concrete. In: 2nd Central European Symposium on Building Physics. Vienna: CESBP, pp. 1-37.
Urban, B., Gomez, C. (2013).
A Case for Thermostat User Models. In: 13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association. Chambery, pp. 1483-1490.
Urban, B., Tiefenbeck, V., Roth, K. (2012).
Televisions, Computers, and Set-top Boxes: The Big Three of 2010 Home Consumer Electronics Energy Consumption. In: 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove: ACEEE, pp. 9.301-9.316.
Urban, B., Elliot, D., Sachs, O. (2012).
Towards Better Modeling of Residential Thermostats. In: SimBuild Conference IBPSA-USA. Madison: IBPSA, pp. 1-7.
Urban, B., Roth, K., Tiefenbeck, V., Urban, B., Roth, K. (2011).
Energy Consumption of Consumer Electronics in US Homes in 2010. Boston: Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE, pp. 1-142.
Urban, B., Engelmann, P., Urban, B., Engelmann, P., Kossecka, E., Kosny, J. (2011).
Arranging Insulation for Better Thermal Resistance in Concrete and Masonry Wall Systems. In: NSB 2011, 9th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics. Tampere: NBS, pp. 1-8.
Urban, B. (2010).
Urban, B., Roth, K. (2010).
Guidelines for Selecting Cool Roofs. Boston: Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE, pp. 1-23.
Walsh, B., Urban, B., Herkel, S. (2009).
Innovating for Better Buildings: An Opportunity Disguised as a Meltdown. White Paper by Nth Power & Fraunhofer. Boston: Nth Power, LLC; Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE.

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Bryan Urban
Senior Technical Staff, Building Energy Systems
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