Regulator approves Q-Bot insulation breakthrough
SprayBot fits under the floor and applies insultation without having to rip the property apart.
The London-based firm confirmed that its insulation technology had been approved as an innovative measure under the government’s Energy Company Obligation 3 scheme.
This means that Q-Bot can now secure government funding to cover the cost of underfloor insulation for homeowners while extending the types of properties that can benefit from the measure.
“Under the latest legislation, D-rated houses are no longer eligible for ECO support unless an innovative solution is used so it would not be possible to claim this additional funding with traditional floor insulation methods,” the firm said in a statement.
Q-Bot said innovation funding is also available to private homeowners on qualifying benefits such as child support.
Founded in 2012, Q-Bot uses robots and artificial intelligence to inspect, monitor and maintain buildings and infrastructure.
One of its flagship products is a solution to insulate beneath suspended floors. Using robotic devices and AI, it helps to make the process safer and more accountable.
With robotic installation taking just a couple of days, residents can stay in their home while the work is completed. According to the firm, this solution is needed for more than 8m homes in the UK.
The company claims that the technology “significantly improves thermal comfort with householders consistently reporting that they feel a lot warmer”.
Mathew Holloway, chief executive and co-founder of Q-Bot, said: “We have worked closely with Ofgem and our partners on fostering innovation in the energy and housing sector.
“With ECO3 funding for innovation and floor insulation, benefits can now be achieved at a much lower cost than before.”