17th March 2023
Plus Dane Housing have been piloting an innovative way of increasing energy efficiency in its homes over the past 12 months - by using a robot to apply underfloor insulation. The pilot project has now completed its first year and will now be extended to insulate even more homes this Spring.
Q-Bot have developed a robot that makes it easier to install underfloor insulation in certain types of properties where this investment will provide an additional insultation opportunity. The initial one-year pilot project which started in March 2022, identified 50 bungalows across Congleton. Built nearly 100 years ago, the properties have suspended timber floors that mean they can lose a lot of heat through the floor.
The Q-Bot works by being placed in the underfloor void and controlled remotely to spray insulation to the underside of suspended floors. This immediately reduces heat loss through the floor and stops draughts, ultimately reducing customer heating bills.
So far, the project has insulated 64 Plus Dane homes and will now be extended for a further three months with the aim of insulating around a dozen* more Plus Dane homes across Cheshire. (*depending on successful surveys)
Paul Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Plus Dane, said: “This has been a fascinating pilot project which will make a difference to the energy bills of more than 70 of our homes which is great news for those customers. The project has had some challenges, particularly around identifying homes that were suitable for this new technology, but it’s been a very useful exercise and given us lots of insight.
“Of course, anything we can do, to reduce the energy bills of our customers, particularly at the moment, with the cost of living crisis, is vital and we will continue to look at innovative projects to help insulate more of our homes.”
Leigh Fairbrother, Head of Commercial for Q-Bot, said: “We have been really impressed with the Plus Dane Team and their commitment to using innovation to help improve the health and homes of their residents. The long-term impact on carbon and energy savings means residents will be saving thousands of pounds whilst CO2 output is also reduced. We look forward to supporting Plus Dane further both through this project extension and looking beyond to future projects.”
Plus Dane’s retrofit programme of work aims to improve the energy efficiency of 200 homes across Cheshire and Merseyside, while reducing carbon emissions as part of the organisation’s progress towards net zero.