Insulating the floor with Q-Bot is the most effective energy efficiency measure you could choose for an older or hard to treat property (once your loft is insulated).
Insulating the floor with Q-Bot is the most cost effective energy efficiency measure you could choose for an older property (after draught proofing and loft insulation).
It improves comfort by more than other measures by reducing draughts and temperature stratification. There is very little disruption during the installation and no visual difference to the house afterwards.
This means that Q-Bot delivers the most noticeable benefits with none of the downsides that other measures bring about (such as reduced space, disruption and unintended consequences).
Insulation of suspended floors

Under Floor Insulation

Independent studies have shown that for a typical property, suspended timber floors are responsible for as much as 1/4 of the total heat loss and 40% of the draughts. More than 10 million homes in the UK have suspended timber floors and very few have been insulated. These homes tend to be some of the UK’s worst performing, with low EPC scores, high prevalence of fuel poverty, and few practical or cost-effective options to upgrade them.

Insulating the floor with a layer of insulation material improves the energy efficiency of a building in two ways:

1. Reducing the heat lost to the space beneath the building and the ground. Q-Bot floor insulation reduces heat loss through the floor by up to 90% resulting in warmer, drier floors.

2. Creating a barrier to cold air entering the property, if there is less cold air entering the property then less energy is needed to heat this air. Q-Bot floor insulation improves the air-tightness of a property by up to 50% resulting in significantly fewer cold draughts.

How It Works

Q-Bot’s unique, patented process uses a remotely operated device to apply insulation to the underside of the floor. This keeps the floor on the warm dry side and maintains the ventilation gap allowing the ground to breath.

Stage 1. Access
The robot is inserted into the space beneath the floorboards by removing an air brick in the external wall, or making a small access hatch from the inside of the property.

Stage 2. Survey
As the robot travels along the void a detailed 3D map is built of the underfloor space and services, allowing the operator to assess the installation, identify any risks and ensure the property is suitable.

Stage 3. Insulate
Insulation is spray applied in situ to the underside of the floorboards and expands to fill all the gaps. This keeps the floor on the warm dry side and maintains the ventilation space of the ground below.

Stage 4. Validate
The installation is continuously monitored to measure the thickness of the insulation applied. This allows Q-Bot to verify that the work has been completed satisfactorily and calculate accurate energy savings.

Insulating suspended timber floors with Q-Bot creates a warmer, more comfortable home, with less draughts, even temperatures, and a reduced risk of damp or mould.
Lower Energy Bills
An average reduction in heat loss through the floor of 80% and an improvement in air permeability by 1/3 results in annual bill savings of £150 and lifetime carbon savings of 21.6 tonnes of CO2e.
Q-Bot has a lower cost and shorter payback period than alternative energy efficiency measures. Q-Bot is normally the cheapest option to achieve carbon abatement targets and improve the EPC, with an average gain of 5.7 points.
No Disruption
As the robot is deployed through a small access hatch there is no need to move furniture or occupants, and lift the floor. Uniquely, this means the service is less disruptive than the alternatives and results in a typical installation time of just 1 to 2 days.
High Performance
Applying the insulation ‘in situ’ allows it to expand and fit the shape of the floor, leaving no gaps for draughts to enter the property - meaning far better results for the building and occupants than traditional methods.
Fully Accountable
Each installation is monitored, and the area and thickness of insulation measured, to verify that the work has been conducted properly and validate the energy savings.
Inspection of assets and infrastructure

SurveyBot is able to remotely access and survey a range of environments that are either hazardous or physically impractical for a human to enter. SurveyBot is inserted through a small access hatch and can explore and map an environment autonomously, or be controlled directly by the operator. SurveyBot may operate wirelessly or via tethered connection.

SurveyBot can build up an accurate 3D textured model, which includes visual and thermal information, identify hazards or obstacles, and take measurements of the environmental conditions, typical applications include:

  • Inspection and mapping of hazardous or confined environments, e.g. plant, pipes, voids, etc.
  • Locate, categorise and label features or faults to monitor the condition of assets and plan maintenance.
  • Assess material and environmental conditions, e.g. temperature, air quality or moisture.
  • For the identification and management of pests or infestation.

Wall insulation

Q-Bot has been developing a number of new approaches for the insulation of hard to treat walls without the need for scaffolding and which improve the quality of the work. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this or any other new opportunity.

Stock condition surveys

Q-Bot is currently developing solutions to improve the effectiveness of stock condition surveys and create Building Information Models (BIM). Please contact us if you would like to discuss this or any other new opportunity.