Robotic technology company FBR (ASX: FBR) has hit another milestone with the completion of its first house structure using Wienerberger Porotherm clay blocks in an outdoor environment.
Headquartered in Austria, Wienerberger is the world’s largest producer of clay blocks, and sent a shipment of assorted blocks to Perth earlier this year after the proposed European Pilot Building Program had to move given ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
Built on the outdoor test slab at FBR’s premises by the Hadrian X® construction robot, the house structure was built in the architectural style and construction materials commonly found in Europe, featuring gable ends approximately five metres high.
Its completion demonstrates the Hadrian X®’s ability to address the European clay-block low-rise housing market, which has potential for 700,000 homes a year.
FBR’s Managing Director & CEO, Mike Pivac:
“We are very pleased to be progressing our relationship with Wienerberger, the largest producer of clay blocks in the world. Although we expected to have a Hadrian X® deployed to Europe this year to complete this Pilot Program, the global conditions caused by COVID-19 have meant that we must conduct the Program here in Australia, with a view to deploying to Europe when conditions have improved such that it makes sense to do so. Both parties are committed to advancing robotic construction together and improving the efficiency, sustainability and digitalisation of the construction industry, and we look forward to continuing our work with Wienerberger.”