Design of an intervention in households in fuel poverty from a Housing, Energy, Poverty and Health perspective (HEPS acronym – Catalan for Habitatge, Energia, Pobresa i Salut)


Project description:

In recent years, we have observed a significant increase in fuel poverty in Mediterranean countries where housing is mostly energy inefficient. This has also been coupled with the far-reaching effects of the financial crisis. In this context, the HEPS project has been conceived as a cross-sectorial intervention for households in fuel poverty to be implemented at a local level. HEPS shall incorporate local specificities on a cross-sectorial perspective - most notably in the fields of Housing, Energy Poverty and Health. On the other hand, it also aims to identify indicators that reveal a casual relation between energy efficiency and proper consumption patterns and the improvement of welfare standards - more specifically, social and health standards. The ultimate aim is to submit the resulting project proposal to EU funding calls for implementation.



  • To improve fuel poverty detection and response systems in the Mediterranean through the optimization of energy efficiency in vulnerable homes and building capacities among families, relevant professionals and key stakeholders on energy efficiency in the housing sector.

  • Drafting of a project proposal to be submitted to an EU funding call(Interreg Med).

Specific goals

  • To exchange experiences between partner regions

  • To develop comprehensive detection methodologies

  • To develop comprehensive intervention methodologies integrating health, energy, social and housing aspects.


  • Development of methodologies: study of methodologies used in other countries and development of different methodologies adapted to different contexts/needs, analysis of the different regulatory particularities. Outputs: SWOT analysis, benchmarking, developed models, strategy 

  • Living labs profiling: qualitative and quantitative data profiling, baselining activities, gathering inputs from the households on specific needs to feed WP3, etc.)

  • Living labs piloting: testing of the different methodologies in different regions, climate zones, country contexts, target groups.

  • Technical and social evaluation and transferability: evaluation of the methodologies from a technical and social point of view, potential transferability and adaptation, etc. Outputs: plan for transferability, best practices/stories to nourish communication activities.

  • Capitalization of results: Outputs: policy recommendations, regulatory proposals, procedures, charters, protocols, agreements showing the formal engagement of relevant decision makers)

Expected results/outputs:

  • Different comprehensive methodologies to perform energy audits in vulnerable households integrating social, energy, building and health aspects.

  • Improved protocols for identification of cases

  • Transferability strategy

  • Policy and regulatory recommendations




Leader: Barcelona Provincial Council

Partners: Città Metropolitana di Torino, Jaén Provincial Council, Granada Provincial Council,  AGIRE – Energy Agency of the Mantova Province

Contact: Josep Muñoz (Head of the Social Welfare Department) - munozlj@diba.cat

Period: 2016-2018

Co-funded by the Latin Arc