Professor Peter Childs
Head of School, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London, UK

Biography: Professor Peter Childs is Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London. His professional interests include: creativity tools and innovation; design; heat transfer and rotating flow; the circular economy and sustainable energy. Former roles include director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Aero-Thermal Systems, director of InQbate and professor at Sussex University. He has contributed to over 180 papers, and several books on engineering design, rotating flow and temperature. He has been principal or co-investigator on contracts totalling £30 million. He is Director and Chief Scientific Officer at QBot Ltd.

Title: Robot Applied Floor Insulation
Abstract: Effective thermal performance of buildings is important in the worldwide effort to manage energy consumption. Significant opportunities exist to improve the performance of our existing and new building stock through innovations in thermal insulation. This presentation will describe a novel robotic system that surveys underfloor cavities and then applies thermal insulation and undertakes a detailed post application survey for quality assurance. Data from a case study of the analysis of under-floor thermal insulation installation in over 100 homes is analysed and presented, showing a reduction in heat loss of 78%, a reduction of draughts of 30% and that the intervention was the most cost-effective retro-fit option per EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) point.