Q-Floor underfloor insulation from Q-Bot has won the 2018 CIBSE Building Performance Awards in the category “Energy Saving Product or Innovation”, which recognises building services solutions that reduce the amount of energy used in buildings. The awards were announced on 6th February at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Developed by Q-Bot, the UK’s leading developer of robots for use in the construction industry, Q-Floor underfloor insulation dramatically speeds up the installation of suspended timber floor insulation in existing buildings at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional methods by deploying a small robot (the SprayBot) in the floor void to spray-apply insulation from below.
The standard method of insulating suspended timber floors involves removing furniture, carpets and floorboards; cutting and fitting insulation material between the floor joists by hand; and refitting the floorboards and carpets. With Q-Floor, the entire insulation process takes one or two days, creates little waste, is relatively inexpensive and provides exceptionally good energy savings, improving a floor’s U-value by as much as 85%. Q-Floor has been adopted by a range of housing associations and local authorities to help reduce fuel poverty amongst their tenants and improve their housing stock’s energy efficiency.
Q-Bot’s Robot Manager Dayna Kivell said:
“We are really pleased and excited to have received this prestigious award. This is fantastic news and acknowledges all of our efforts to bring robotics to the construction industry. I very much enjoyed being on stage with my colleagues and hope that we will continue to break new ground in engineering.”
The judges commented:
“Q-Floor is an innovative product that could really make a difference. They provided a lot of data including independent testing, which we were impressed with. This is a great, fun product that makes it much easier to save money on your energy bills“.
Now in its 11th year, the CIBSE Building Performance Awards recognise building services solutions that help to reduce the amount of energy used in buildings by either reducing energy demand or through efficient use of energy by the product or innovation. They are the only industry Awards that focus on actual, measured performance outcomes, and not just design intent or performance specifications.
The judging panel comprised of representatives from a range of engineering and consultancy organisations including Mitsubishi Electric, Sainsbury Energy, Better Buildings Partnership, Sutton Vane Associates, Max Fordham and was chaired by Hywel Davies, Technical Director, CIBSE.