Robotic technology venture Fastbrick is to build its first new homes using the Hadrian X bricklaying robot under a commercial deal with Summit Homes Group.
Fastbrick, a joint venture between technology developer FBR (ASX: FBR) and brick manufacturer Brickworks (ASX: BKW), will commence a three-stage pilot building programme for the builder.
It is the first commercial deal for the venture’s ‘wall as a service’ building offering which will charge customers a fee based on the area of walls constructed.
Summit have constructed more than 40,00 homes in the Perth market.
Summit’s COO, David Hunt said: “We are looking forward…to seeing first-hand what the Hadrian X is capable of.
“(It will) give us the opportunity to see how wall as a service cab streamline our projects and inform some of our building processes.”
In a first demonstration stage Fastbrick will supply walls for three house structures on FBR premises utilising different Summit designs.
The second stage will involve the construction of a display home utilising the Hadrian X, and the third will build a single story residential structure for a new homebuyer.
Fastbrick will be paid for these services, and will use a new Hadrian X optimised block developed and supplied by Brickworks.
While Fastbrick has the opportunity to demonstrate the ‘speed, accuracy, quality, waste profile and reliability’ of its robotic system, Summit is able to terminate the agreement should results not be satisfactory.
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