What happened to the outside? Exploring the role of ‘nature’ in household retrofits

31 May 2021

This project explores the intersections between household retrofit, energy vulnerability and local environments. Trees, other plants, the weather and climate are central actors influencing urban health, wellbeing and equity, the thermal performance of housing and the adaptive capacities of householders in response to extreme weather. Yet the role of these environmental elements in energy vulnerability and retrofit remains under-explored. This project investigates how placing trees and plants, climate and heat, more firmly into discussions of household retrofit and fuel poverty might inform policy and practice.

‘I am extremely grateful to be awarded this grant by the Fuel Poverty Research Network. It will help me extend my research into human-nature relations and their implications for just urban transitions.’  

Sarah Robertson, RMIT University
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