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First real-world Porotherm build

FBR announced that it had completed a structure in Wellard, a suburb in Western Australia with the Hadrian X® 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 R12 blocks (equivalent in volume to six standard bricks) for the internal walls, marking the first time in the world Wienerberger's clay blocks had 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 in November 2021, which sought to demonstrate Hadrian X®'s ability to address the European clay-block low-rise housing market, which has the potential for 700,000 new homes annually.

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Type: Residential
Builder: Archistruct Builders & Designers
Layout: 4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Double Garage
Wall Area: 276sqm
Block Type: Porotherm Clay Block (R12 & R25)
Block Size: 500mm x 249mm x 115mm & 500mm x 250mm x 189mm
Blocks Laid: 2,370 Porotherm blocks (Approx. 23,000 SBEs)
Block Wastage: < 1%
Wall Type: Double Leaf Cavity Wall
Total Distance Travelled by Lay Head: 1601m
Status: Walls Complete (Jun 2022); Sold (May 2023)

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