Innovative learning platform for Energy Retrofit (C-mapER)

Principal Investigator(s): Dr Esra Kurul


Project start: September 2017

Project finish: September 2019

Funded by: European Commission

About us

This project focuses on the development of an advanced educational approach founded substantially on a novel application of cognitive maps and meaningful learning activities in designing technological solutions for energy retrofit. 

Energy retrofit of existing buildings is complex. This complexity mainly emanates from the need to integrate disciplinary knowledge and expertise, both technological and managerial, in an interdisciplinary context to find buildable solutions that improve actual energy performance. However, training and education in professional silos, and the resultant fragmentation of the industry, is a significant barrier to integration.

This lack of integration during the design, construction and operation stages of a building’s life cycle is one of the reasons behind the ‘performance gap’. This proposal aims to close this gap by presenting the framework for a two-year Marie Curie Individual Fellowship.

Comic strip inviting you to join the Learning Mapping League

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 751376.

Research impact

C-mapER was tested from the perspective of different practitioners. Diverse levels of prior knowledge were involved:

  • 20 undergraduate students
  • 20 postgraduate students
  • 20 researchers and PhD students

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Esra Kurul

Dr Esra Kurul

Reader in Organisational Studies in the Built Environment

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Professor Rajat Gupta Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change, Director of OISD and LCB Group
Dr Esra Kurul Reader in Organisational Studies in the Built Environment


  • Sibilla, M., & Kurul, E. (2021).Exploring transformative pedagogies for built environment disciplines. The case of interdisciplinarity in Low Carbon Transition, Building Research & Information, 49(2), 234-247
  • Sibilla, M., & Kurul, E. (2020).Transdisciplinarity in Energy Retrofit, Journal of Cleaner Production, vol.250:119461,
  • Sibilla, M., & Kurul, E. (2020). Assessing a simplified procedure to reconcile distributed renewable and interactive energy systems and urban patterns. The case study of School Buildings in Rome, Journal of Urban Design, vol.25:3, p.328–34