Perth robotic technology company FBR Limited (ASX: FBR) has completed a structure with the Hadrian X® in a Western Australian suburb using Wienerberger Porotherm clay blocks.
The build utilised two Porotherm block types – R25 double leaf blocks (equivalent in volume to 12 standard bricks) for external walls and single leaf blocks (equivalent in volume to six standard bricks) for the internal walls.
This marks the first time in the world Wienerberger’s clay blocks have been laid by a robot in the undertaking of commercial, real-world work.
The successful build at Wellard follows the outdoor pilot build testing undertaken last November to demonstrate Hadrian X®’s ability to address the European clay-block low-rise housing market, which has potential for 700,000 new homes per year. The completed structure is the fourth home in the Company’s five home Wellard portfolio, with the fifth structure expected to be built in the coming months. Each home in the portfolio will be sold as they are completed.
FBR and Wienerberger AG signed a multi-staged Global Partnership Agreement in September 2018 for the development of customised clay block solutions for the Hadrian X® as well as market assessment and business modelling. Negotiations between FBR and Wienerberger with respect to the next commercial phase of the partnership are ongoing.