Q-Bot Insulation

Sep 30, 2020

Q-Bot has brought to market the first scalable and affordable solution for the insulation of suspended timber floors using a robot to apply polyurethane foam in situ. The solution is fully approved and accredited by the BBA and as a result, eligible for ECO3 innovation funding for D,E,F,G properties.

As part of a drive to improve energy efficiency, reduce fuel poverty and achieve EPC band C for properties before the 2030 deadline, many housing providers including Clarion, The Guinness Partnership, Nottingham City Homes, are working with Q-Bot to install under-floor insulation across their housing stock.

Today, the focus is on assisting housing providers in meeting their carbon target by improving the fabric of buildings. Q-Bot and its housing partners already have had a positive impact on reducing fuel poverty by making homes warmer and more energy efficient. This means significantly improving the living conditions of tenants whilst reducing their carbon footprint. Together, we have delivered affordable warmth and improved energy efficiency to 1000’s of homes across the country.

Q-Bot’s under floor insulation is a spray-applied closed-cell, blown polyurethane foam insulation suitable for suspended ground floors, with great thermal characteristics delivering significant improvements in performance in limited space. The insulation is provided by ECON Polyurethanes, manufactured by BASF to meet the high standard requirements of Q-Bot’s solution.

The installation of floor insulation drastically improves a properties thermal comfort with fewer cold draughts an more evenly distributed temperatures within the house. Across 100 UK homes, it was shown that Q-Bot’s under-floor insulation reduces heat loss by 79% through the floor and cold draughts by 31% for the whole house. The comparison of annual energy savings of Q-Bot’s floor insulation with a range of standard retrofit measures was calculated using SAP. Q-Bot’s solution was shown to be one of the most cost-effective measures, at an average cost of £255 per EPC point including ECO3 funding or £400 per EPC point excluding ECO3 funding. It also produced an average annual energy saving of £150, with properties saving up to £665 per year. The average EPC improvement across the range of properties was 6 points.

For the 8m homes with uninsulated suspended floors in the UK, Q-Bot provides a cost-effective solution to upgrade homes whilst helping housing providers reduce their carbon footprint and achieve their targets.