Is Q-Bot the solution for heat loss in homes?
Insulating a suspended timber floor with Q-Bot is one of the most effective energy efficiency measures you can choose for an older property. Q-Bot helps Social Landlords reduce fuel poverty, increase the energy rating of their housing stock, and improve the comfort and wellbeing of their residents. Q-Bot can fit in tight spaces and apply insulation without needing to rip the house apart. This means that the job can be done quickly and without disruption. Learn more by clicking one of the links below.
Learn more about Heat Loss.
About 35% of the heat will escape through the walls and through gaps, in and around windows and doors, and about 15% of heat will disappear through the floor. According to the National Energy Foundation, more heat is lost through raised wooden floors rather than solid concrete floors. Independent studies have shown that for a typical property, suspended timber floors are responsible for as much as 25% of the total heat loss and 40% of the draughts. As energy prices continue to rise, the insulation of these floors is becoming more and more important.
Many older houses with suspended timber floors have big draughts and inadequate floor insulation; this can cause cold feet as well as higher energy bills. Installing underfloor insulation can address both these problems and give a payback on your investment in 5 years or less depending on whether you do it as a DIY job or use a professional. Ground-floor insulation in homes can reduce floor heat loss by up to 92 per cent. Leeds Beckett University recently completed analysis of the heating bills before and after the installation of Q-Bot's under floor insulation which showed a reduction in heating requirements of 26% and an improvement in air tightness of 39%.
Q-Bot studied several properties and found underfloor insulation typically saves around £180/year in heating bills. Examples for different properties are shown below and please see the Camden Council case study for further information.
How does Q-Bot compare?
A trial of Q-Bot's under floor insulation service showed that this was the most cost-effective energy improvement option available (at £970 per EPC point compared to £2,015 for solid wall insulation and £11,810 when replacing the windows) with the biggest impact on CO2 reduction for the cost (with over 6.2kg of CO2 saved for each £1 spent over the lifetime of the measure, 4 times higher return than from installing a new condensing boiler).
Camden Council have trialled the solution across 48 properties. The initial results show that the EPC ratings improved by an average of 6.1 points and energy bills were reduced by £181/year. The case study showed that Q-Bot's solution is 2-4 times cheaper per EPC point than the alternative measures that are applicable to these properties.
“Most importantly the tenants are comfortable and happy
as it makes an immediate difference to their comfort.”
Peter Armfield, CityWest Homes
“What’s not to like about Q-Bot, it’s safe, it’s non-disruptive,
it makes people’s houses warmer and can save bills.”
Cllr Patricia Callaghan, Camden Council
“Q-Bot allowed us to bring our homes up to a higher
standard with less disruption to our tenants than other
insulation measures, and at a reasonable cost.”
John Kolm-Murray, Islington Council
Testimonials from clients:
“I have definitely noticed a difference. The property retains
the heat better, stays warm and is a lot less draughty now.”
“I am much warmer, and I’m saving £20 per month on bills. I
love Q-Bot, it has made a massive difference.”
“The floors Q-Bot insulated are no longer cold to the touch,
it’s amazing. I don’t need my hoody on anymore!”
“Great work carried out by a clearly competent team and
my house was left better than it was when they came.”
• Less draughts (~1/3 for whole house).
• Less temperature stratification (warm feet).
• Lower energy bills (~£150/yr).
• Reduces the risk of damp and mould.
The benefits of insulating the floor with Q-Bot:
Learn more about the Q-bot from QERB
If you are on any UK Benefits, you could receive a Government grant to help pay for Q-Bot's services. These benefits might include: Working and Child Tax Credit, Pension Credit Guarantee, JSA, ESA, Income Support, Universal Credit, Child Benefits w/ income < £39000, Disability living allowance, Attendance allowance etc.
“It’s very exciting that here in Cardiff we’re exploring new ways of saving energy that will not only be cost effective but will also potentially change the way organisations and individuals operate in the future.” – Cllr Ramesh Patel, Cardiff Council.
“Using Q-Bot allowed us to bring our older homes to a higher standard with less disruption to our tenants than other insulation measures, and at a reasonable cost. Our assessment of the trials has been positive and we are looking at ways we can roll this out across more of our homes.” – John Kolm-Murray, Islington Council.
“Most importantly the tenants are comfortable and happy as it makes an immediate difference to their comfort as well as the energy cost. This is why we intend to look at how we can apply the treatment across our portfolio.”
– Peter Armfield, CityWestHomes