DORMA Announces Access Tech Contributions to Fraunhofer CSE's Building Technology Showcase

Reamstown, Pa. -  DORMA announces its participation and contribution of a variety of access technologies to the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) Building Technology Showcase, a first-of-its-kind research and demonstration building for sustainable technologies in the City of Boston's Innovation District. DORMA is one of 35+ partners contributing a combined total of $2.7 million in advanced building energy technologies and services for the new "living laboratory."

"The Fraunhofer Center is a remarkable focus for developing and sharing information on important sustainable technology," said Brad Thurman, sales and marketing manager for DORMA Glas. "We're proud to be part of this ambitious and original program."

Technologies that contribute to the sustainability of several DORMA products will be displayed at the center. Among those products are Agile 150 Glass Sliding Systems, MOVEO moveable walls, DORMA Automatic Doors, and Universal Patch Fittings, all of which contribute to sustainability through energy conservation, the use of recycled content,and daylighting.

Fraunhofer CSE is performing a deep energy retrofit and renovation of the historic, 100-year-old building at 5 Channel Center in Boston to transform it into a research and demonstration facility for advanced building energy technologies. CSE researchers will evaluate the reliability and effectiveness of the technologies incorporated into the building, helping technology developers prove out their products with building-integrated and other applied research, and showcasing these technologies in a state-of-the-art exhibition and educational space open to the public. The building will be Fraunhofer CSE's new headquarters, housing its advanced research labs and staff.

As part of its vision for making the building a center of learning that promotes clean energy workforce development, Fraunhofer CSE also announced its commitment to partnering with numerous Massachusetts and regional institutions and businesses on workforce development initiatives once the new building is completed. Working with these partners and others, CSE will bring in student groups and workers entering the clean energy sector for technology demonstrations and training, seminars, and other events.

"In addition to making the Building Technology Showcase the premier research and demonstration laboratory for clean energy technologies, we are committed to making the building a venue where everyone-from seasoned architects and construction executives to students still deciding their future career paths-can visualize the performance and potential of the technologies incorporated into the building," said Nolan Browne, Managing Director of Fraunhofer CSE. "Our goal is to present the information in innovative ways that engage visitors and create demand for these energy-saving systems and sustainable products in the market."

Fraunhofer CSE invites building energy product and system manufacturers and integrators to join those on the list of current industry partners. Please contact the Center with ideas for additional technologies to incorporate into the Building Technology Showcase.

For more information on the Building Technology Showcase at 5 Channel Center in Boston, visit


Industry Partners Contributing to the Building Technology Showcase:

Controls and Building Management:
OutSmart Power Systems


Interior Products and Systems:
ThyssenKrupp Elevator
nora systems, Inc


Guardian Industries
Cooley Group
Dow Corning
Erie Architectural Products


Solar Energy Systems:
Pythagoras Solar Windows
Schueco USA
Baltimore Air Coil Company (BAC)
Taco, Inc.
Clearwater Systems Corporation
Watts Water Technologies, Inc.
Emerson Swan


Lighting and Shading Systems:
Hunter Douglas
Osram Sylvania
Entech Solar


Audio/Visual and Controls:
Crestron Electronics, Inc.
The Sextant Group
Infocomm International