Robots and blockchain BIM feature on social housing framework

The Q-Bot under-floor insulation-spraying robot (photo by Andrew Aitchison / In pictures via Getty Images)

The Q-Bot underfloor insulation-spraying robot and blockchain BIM are among the innovations named on Procurement for Housing’s (PfH) Social Housing Emerging Disruptors (SHED) framework.

The framework, worth up to £100m over three years, provides a portal that will enable social housing providers to conduct a desk-based supplier selection process. The portal will identify the supplier that can best meet their needs and PfH’s procurement team will provide pricing information and support the contracting process. 

There are 18 innovations on the framework including:

  • Q-Bot underfloor insulation-spraying robot;
  • Bimdl, a blockchain-backed building information modelling (BIM) solution;
  • Power Circle Projects, which provides democratised, decentralised low-carbon smart energy solutions; and
  • Chameleon Digitization, which uses machine learning to spot dangerous gas canisters being taken into high-rise buildings.

PfH worked with the Proptech Innovation Network to find suppliers to join the framework.

A second generation SHED2 framework is due to launch in this autumn. It will bring to market those innovations developed since the first framework launched.

Neil Butters, head of procurement at PfH, said: “Many of the suppliers we’ve appointed to the framework are small or micro businesses. We wanted to unlock their services for the social housing sector – these are pioneering, future-thinking organisations, many with a focus on sustainability or building safety.

“The SHED is about PfH supporting social landlords to identify and adopt innovation that will improve the lives of tenants.”

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