Kurt Roth, Ph.D.

Director, Building Energy Systems
  • Building Technology Assessment
  • Building Energy Consumption Characterization
  • HVAC
  • Miscellaneous and Electronic Loads
  • Home Energy Management Technologies

Dr. Kurt Roth has been Director of Fraunhofer CSE’s Building Energy Systems Group since January 2009. Under his leadership, the team develops, analyzes, tests, evaluates, and demonstrates energy-saving building technologies. Dr. Roth is Co-PI of the Fraunhofer SHINES project with the DOE Solar Energy Technology Office, a three-year effort to develop and demonstrate integrated control of a MW-scale PV plant, load management for commercial and industrial facilities, and energy storage to enable high-penetration PV. He is also Co-PI of a DOE Building Technologies Office Building America project to perform remote home energy audits using communicating thermostat data. Prior to this, he was a Principal at TIAX LLC, where he led several U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded studies to assess the energy savings and commercialization potentials of HVAC, building controls and diagnostics, toplighting, and IT technologies, as well as characterizations of building energy consumption by major end uses. Kurt has published and presented at numerous conferences, and authored more than sixty "Emerging Technology" ASHRAE Journal articles. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Architectural Engineering program.

Kurt received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in mechanical engineering, and is a member of Sigma Xi, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Recent Presentations and Publications

Roth, K. - March 21, 2019
Gas Demand Response: The Next Frontier. AEE East Energy Conference, AEE. Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA.
Roth, K. - October 16, 2018
The Next Frontier of Intelligent Workplaces - Employees and Smartphones. 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...
Fuchs, H., Shehabi, A., Ganeshalingam, M., Desroches, L.B., Lim, B., Roth, K., et al. (2018).
Characteristics and Energy Use of Volume Servers in the U.S. In: 2018 ACEEE Summer Study Proceedings. Washington D.C.: ACEEE, 3-1 to 3-12.
As data centers proliferate t o meet the demand of Internet-of-T hings services, their energy intensity deserves clo se...
Abreu, J., Voge, J., Roth, K. (2018).
Outdoor temperature drives the peak demand of summer-peaking electric utilities and their grid infrastructure.
Zeifman, M., Lazrak, A., Roth, K. (2018).
Annual energy savings of up to $4- 5 billion could be achieved n ationwide through basic insulation and heating system...
Roth, K. - July 12, 2018
Kurt Roth presents in the Workshop on Smart Thermostats and Connected Devices.
Kromer, M., Roth, K., Yip, T., Zeifman, M. - June 12, 2018
Tsz Yip presented.
Roth, K. - April 23, 2018
Kurt Roth presents.
Roth, K., Kromer, M. - February 12, 2018
Kurt Roth and Matt Kromer present.
Roth, K., Zeifman, M., Lazrak, A. - January 17, 2018
Whereat we have a Thermostat Chat: Using Communicating Thermostat Data to Remotely Identify EE Opportunities. CEE Winter Program Meeting, Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA.
Kurt Roth presents.
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...
Roth, K. - June 26, 2017
Panel: Human Behavior and Energy Use in Buildings. 2017 EIA Energy Conference, U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Information Administration. Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC.
Panelists: Erin Boedecker, Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, Kurt Roth, Marina Sofos
Roth, K. - May 17, 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., Kromer, M., Roth, K. (2017).
Wang, N., Roth, K., Phelan, P., Gonzalez, J., Harris, C., Henze, G., et al. (2017).
Ten questions concerning future buildings beyond zero energy and carbon neutrality. In: Building and Environment. 119: Elsevier Ltd., 169-182.
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.
Roth, K., Kromer, M. (2016).
SunDial: An Integrated SHINES System Enabling High Penetration Feeder-Level PV. In: ACEEE Intelligent Energy Conference. Austin: ACEEE, pp. 1-33.
Abreu, J. , Roth, K. (2016).
This paper describes a field experiment to test two behavioral interventions designed to increase the effective use of...
Zeifman, M., Roth, K. (2016).
Residential Remote Audits: Estimation of Building Thermal Parameters Using Interval Energy Consumption Data. In: Proceedings of ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings Pacific Grove: ACEEE, pp. 12.1-12.12.
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.
Harbor, D., Roth, K., Zeifman, M., Shmakova, V. (2015).
Abreu, J., Lehman, K., Terpstra, N., Roth, K. (2014).
Plug&Play™ PV system is a cutting-edge technology that relies on lighter, adhesive solar modules, and a streamlined...
Abreu, J. , Roth, K., Feldman, J. (2014).
St. Polycarp Village is an affordable housing residency in Somerville, MA. The buildings are high efficiency, with LEED...
Engelmann, P., Roth, K. - January 18, 2014
The Realities of Operation and Occupancy in Net-Zero Energy Homes: Two Case Studies. ASHRAE 2014 Winter Conference, ASHRAE. New York Hilton, New York, NY.
Lim, B., Roth, K., Nambiar, S., Rayakota, H. (2014).
Rapid Prototyping of Energy Management Applications with FRESH. In: Proceedings of the ACEEE 2014 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Washington: ACEEE, pp. 209-221.
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).
Abreu, J. , Roth, K., Feldman, J. (2013).
Residential energy consumption accounts for 22% of the United StatesÕ total energy demand (Ehrhardt-Martinez, et al.,...
Engelmann, P., Roth, K., Tiefenbeck, V. (2013).
Tiefenbeck, V., Staake, T., Roth, K., Sachs, O. (2013).
Zeifman, M., Roth, K., Stefan, J. (2013).
Automatic Recognition of Major End-Uses in Disaggregation of Home Energy Display Data. In: 2013 International Conference on Consumer Electronics. Las Vegas, pp. 104-105.
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.
LaMarche, J., Cheney, K., Roth, K., Sachs, O. (2012).
Home Energy Management Products & Trends. In: ACEEE Summer Study. Asilomar: ACEEE, pp. 1-11.
LaMarche, J., Cheney, K., Akers, C., Roth, K., Sachs, O. (2012).
Sachs, O., Tiefenbeck, V., Duvier, C., Quin, A., Cheney, C., Akers, C., et al. (2012).
Zeifman, M., Roth, K. (2011).
Viterbi Algorithm with Sparse Transitions (VAST) for Nonintrusive Load Monitoring. In: IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence Applications in Smart Grid (CIASG). Paris: IEEE, pp. 1-8.
Zeifman, M., Roth, K. (2011).
Nonintrusive appliance load monitoring: Review and outlook. In: IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics 57(1), Las Vegas: IEEE, pp. 76-84.
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.
Roth, K. - August 13, 2010
Review of Techniques for Non-Intrusive Electrical Load Monitoring. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab ETA Seminars, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Berkeley, CA.
Urban, B., Roth, K. (2010).
Guidelines for Selecting Cool Roofs. Boston: Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE, pp. 1-23.


Kurt Roth, Ph.D.
Director, Building Energy Systems
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