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

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DORMA's involvement in building technology showcase highlights importance of advanced technologies in commercial building retrofits and new construction.

DORMA Agile 150

DORMA technologies contribute to sustainability through energy conservation, the use of recycled content, and daylighting.

"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."

DORMA today announced 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: Siemens, Cimetrics, and OutSmart Power Systems.

Interior Products and Systems: DORMA, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, nora systems, Inc, DuPont, Curava, and Artaic.

Envelope: Guardian Industries, Roxul, Cooley Group, Dow Corning, and Erie Architectural Products.

Solar Energy Systems: Pythagoras Solar Windows, Schueco USA, and TIGI.

HVAC: Price, Baltimore Air Coil Company (BAC), Multistack, Taco, Inc., Viega, Clearwater Systems Corporation, Watts Water Technologies, Inc., Smith's, and Emerson Swan.

Lighting and Shading Systems: Hunter Douglas, Osram Sylvania, Philips, Entech Solar, TerraLUX, ByteLight, and Oree.

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

DORMA is a leading global manufacturer of premium access solutions and services that enable better buildings. Our full range of products and services provides safety and security as well as convenience and comfort. DORMA features a design oriented portfolio of architectural door hardware, specialty hardware for glass door and wall applications, door automation systems including Crane Revolving Door, and operable wall systems featuring Modernfold. DORMA is an international market leader with innovative and inspiring design and technologies for access solutions and services.

About the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems
Fraunhofer USA, Inc., headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan is a non-profit research organization, which operates labs in sustainable energy, biotechnology, computer security, manufacturing innovation, laser technology, and industrial coatings. Fraunhofer USA's research centers collaborate with major research universities in the United States, as well as institutes in Germany, to bring innovative technologies to the marketplace.

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems was founded in 2008, dedicated to the commercialization of clean energy technologies. CSE engages in collaborative R&D with private companies, government, and academic institutions, performing research that benefits firms, industries, and society. Fraunhofer CSE is headquartered in Massachusetts.

For more information on Fraunhofer CSE, visit or contact Ryan Williams at rwilliams(at)fraunhofer(dot)org or 617-575-7260.

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