UCL Energy Institute

Prof Robert Lowe

Prof Robert Lowe

Chair of Energy and Building Science

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Feb 2006

Research summary

Teaching summary

Module leader for Theory Measurement and Interpretation, core module in MRes in Energy Demand Studies.


Open University
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1985
Not stated
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1981
Not stated
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1977


Robert Lowe is a physicist with a broad interest in the field of buildings, energy and sustainability, and in the role of research in the transformation of building energy performance. He joined UCL as Professor of Energy and Building Science in 2006. In 2009, with Prof Tadj Oreszczyn, he established the UCL Energy Institute, which he directed from August 2014 to January 2018. He is Director of the London-Loughborough EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Demand (2008-), and of its successor, the EPSRC-SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (ERBE). He was the first chair of the SAP Scientific Integrity Group (2012-14). Among his many research projects, he has been co-investigator on UCL-Energy’s Centre for Energy Epidemiology, one of six EPSRC-funded Energy End-use Demand Centres, and has directed a major BEIS-funded project on the field performance of domestic heat pumps, at the time of writing, the largest such project to have taken place in Europe. He leads the EPSRC Decarbonisation of Heat Challenge, within the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions. He sits on the Board of the BBA, and the Advisory Council of the National Energy Foundation. He served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Building Research & Information from 2000-2018.