Block G, Riverside Business Centre,
Tel: +44 (0)208 877 2709
- 2020 Innovation
Q-Bot has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. The company is very proud to receive such a prestigious accolade and be recognised for business excellence, innovative thinking and cutting-edge technology alongside such an esteemed range of past and present winners.
Who is Q-Bot?
Through the use of robotics and AI, Q-Bot is pioneering new approaches to maintain and upgrade our buildings. The firm was founded in 2012 with the objective of using robotics, artificial intelligence and digital tools to revolutionise the construction industry and improve the health of buildings.
Innovative robotic solution for the retrofit of suspended floors More than 8 million homes in the UK have suspended timber floors and very few have been insulated. These homes tend to be some of the worst performing, with low EPC scores, a high incidence of fuel poverty, and few practical, cost-effective options to upgrade them. Insulating a suspended floor is typically expensive and disruptive, requiring the removal of the floor and fitting insulation between uneven joists, before putting everything back together again. Leaving just a small gap of a few mm can impair effectiveness by as much as 50%.
To address this challenge, Q-Bot developed a robot that can fit into the space beneath a suspended floor, survey the area, create a 3D record, check the condition of services, spray insulation onto the underside of the floor, and measure the area and depth of insulation to verify the work done. Q-Bot’s fully accredited solution immediately reduces the heat lost through the floor and eliminates draughts. As a result, the property is warmer, more energy efficient and much cheaper to heat. The install can be completed in just a few hours and without disturbing those living in the property.
How Q-Bot helps housing providers to tackle fuel poverty and climate change Q-Bot works with social housing providers and private homeowners to improve the fabric of homes and achieve their carbon targets through innovative and sustainable retrofit solutions. This will have a significant impact on fuel poverty, lowering energy bills by an average of £125/yr (Energy Savings Trust, 2020) and reducing the risk of damp and mould to make the home healthier.
Q-Bot’s robotic underfloor insulation can lift properties up to C or above and represents the most cost-effective EPC improvement method after loft insulation. The solution has been recognised as an innovative measure by Ofgem, securing ECO3 funding for D,E,F,G properties. Together with their housing partners and installation partners, Q-Bot has delivered affordable warmth and improved energy efficiency to thousands of homes across the UK – equivalent CO2 savings of planting more than 100,000 trees, with much more to come!
Cecily Church of The Guinness Partnership explains: “Q-Bot’s robotic underfloor insulation has enabled us to improve the energy efficiency of our stock. This has helped reduce fuel poverty and drive progress towards the Government’s carbon-neutral target of 2050. Pioneering innovations like Q-Bot are an important part of our toolkit for reducing emissions and improving lives. Without innovations like this, achieving the ambitious targets within social housing would be near impossible.”