UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


FLEUR: Fast-Tracking Low Energy Use via Retrofit

How can we best translate research-based insights on the adoption of low-carbon home retrofit among UK homeowners into plausible policy suggestions for real-world impact?

The FLEUR project is based on a recent UCL-led research project on the adoption process of low-carbon home retrofit among UK homeowners, which made use of realistic psychological models of household decision-making regarding domestic energy retrofit. Out of this work came several novel insights that the FLEUR project aimed to translate into plausible policy suggestions for impact in the real world, in order to help the UK housing sector to reach net-zero carbon targets by 2050.

This aim of the FLEUR project was met through a project workshop with various stakeholders interested to advance low-energy retrofit in the UK, such as demand and supply-side actors in the energy retrofit industry, governmental actors, intermediary organisations that operate to advance change towards sustainability and academics that specialise in low-carbon home retrofit. T

he workshop was successfully carried out on 25 May 2021 with 36 participants. It provided the opportunity to discuss, validate and enrich the research-based insights, as well as reach out to and communicate research findings to relevant beneficiaries (workshop stakeholders). The workshop participants were encouraged to think about the familiar topic of domestic energy retrofit from a novel perspective with the intent to internalise research findings and integrate them, where possible, into their organisational activities.

The project was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) [grant number: ES/V012606/1].