Ben Schoenbauer

Senior Research Engineer

Ben Schoenbauer is a Senior Research Engineer and has been with CEE since 2008.  At CEE, Ben conducts research on new and innovative technologies and ideas dealing with residential and commercial energy efficiency. This work includes identifying new opportunities, conducting research, identifying pursuing funding opportunities and disseminating the results. Ben’s areas of focus include water heater performance, service water heating, and residential HVAC systems.

Ben has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering for the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from St. John’s University.  


  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)


Schoenbauer, Ben, David Bohac, Patrick Huelman, Rebecca Olson, and Martha Hewett. Retrofitting Combined Space and Water Heating Systems: Field Assessment. Building America. Washington, D.C.: Department of Energy, Upcoming.

Schoenbauer, Ben. Heat Pump Water Heater Savings Potential in Minnesota. Research Final Report. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. April 2014. 

Schoenbauer, Ben, David Bohac, and Jake McAlpine, 2014. “Why Pay for Two Condensing Systems When One Will Do?” Pacific Grove, CA: ACEEE Summer Study Proceedings. August 2014.

Schoenbauer, Ben, David Bohac, and Martha Hewett. “Tankless Water Heaters - Do They Really Work?” Pacific Grove, CA: ACEEE Summer Study Proceedings, Paper 193. August, 2012..

Schoenbauer, Ben, David Bohac, and Martha Hewett. “Measured Residential Hot Water End Uses.” ASHRAE Transactions 119, no. Part 1 January 2012.

Schoenbauer, Ben, Martha Hewett, and David Bohac. “Actual Savings and Performance of Natural Gas Instantaneous Water Heaters.” ASHRAE Transactions 117, no. Part 1. July, 2011



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