Testing specialists on the British Board of Agrément have licensed the organisation’s first ever construction service delivered by a robot.
The award-successful Q-Bot system makes use of compact distant-managed robotic automobiles to crawl round flooring voids making use of polyurethane foam insulation to the underside of timber or suspended concrete floor flooring of recent and present home and non-home buildings.
Q-Bot was put by way of its paces by BBA specialists at their laboratories in Watford, Hertfordshire, and on-web site to verify the system’s health for objective. Working with the BBA, Q-Bot has developed an in depth coaching programme and absolutely accountable high quality administration system to make sure that every set up is delivered persistently and to the very best requirements.
“We're delighted to concern Q-Bot with its Agrément Certificates (Quantity 17/5440i1),” mentioned John Albon, head of approvals, construction merchandise on the BBA. “It's a revolutionary strategy to bettering the vitality effectivity of older housing inventory and laborious-to-deal with houses and is creating a lot curiosity out there, significantly with social housing suppliers.”
Mathew Holloway, CEO of Q-Bot, mentioned: “The award of the BBA Agrément Certificates demonstrates that Q-Bot’s strategy of insulating the ground is powerful, meets all the necessities of the Building Laws and may be persistently and reliably utilized throughout tens of millions of houses. The service can have a unbelievable impression on native communities, producing employment in addition to lowering gas poverty and CO2 emissions. The BBA Certificates permits us to deliver these impacts at scale throughout the UK and abroad.”
As detailed by the Certificates, a Q-Bot set up begins with a survey by skilled installers to ascertain suitability. A 3D map is created, permitting the operator to evaluate and plan the set up, after which the distant-managed SprayBot applies the polyurethane foam insulant to a depth of 100 to 150mm. The set up may be monitored, recorded and measured to make sure protection and proper insulation depth.
This revolutionary strategy has opened up huge alternatives to higher insulate the UK’s housing inventory. Submit-set up monitoring of a Victorian property confirmed a 78% drop in warmth loss by way of its flooring, a 40% discount in chilly air infiltrating the home and an general vitality effectivity enchancment of 24%.
The British Board of Agrément was fashioned in 1966 and gives certification, testing, audit and inspection companies to producers of construction merchandise and methods and installer approval. It is usually the UK’s main authority on the evaluation of insulation merchandise and set up strategies.