One of the challenges with our system in bring it to the general market is that many developments in Australia have already gone through the Town Planning process and require brick face to the ground floor.
Our system is too fast and precise for bricks. We previously came up with a traditional brick veneer system which meant we allowed for a cavity outside our system, and once our system was delivered and assembled on site a bricklayer would come and lay bricks around what was built on site. A delay and something we really didnt want.
Drawing on what commercial companies are doing with pre-fabricated 'tilt panel' construction with high-rise apartments, one of the methods they use we will incorporate into our system. This being clay brick tiles adhered to the outside of the panels.
This is a great direction, most importantly because we can do this in the factory (very important). Can be done on the floor (rather than an upright wall where gravity becomes your enemy) - and one day can be done by robots (seen a Youtube video of this recently which was pretty interesting.
What we will do is buy in these brick tiles. They are exactly the same as a normal 110mm wide brick, but only 12mm thick and have a groove etched into the rear to help with strong bonding.
The bonding system will be a coloured adhesive in the desired 'mortar' colour and covering the entire panel (wall), so that once the brick tile is placed, the remaining colour is the mortar finish (look) that you typically get with traditional bricks.
Above is the finished product.
The companies we are looking at so far have great looking brick tiles and a huge range to chose from.
So what this means:
Can do traditional looking houses easy with almost no extra time delay (same time to do a brick wall as to a cement sheet type wall (difference of a few hours)
Price cheaper than traditional bricks as thinner and cheaper labour.
Weight still well within our crane lifting abilities. Traditional bricks = 182kg/m2; where as this brick tile system = 17.5kg/m2. So for a single garage (2 walls only would be bricked) this is only 330kg which is nothing for the strength and weight we have up our sleeve.
Rooms within houses can be slightly larger (this wall system will be 122mm thick once built rather than the traditional 250mm (including plaster). So for the same house design, you can get extra 128mm of room width!
Imagine delivering a house to site that is already bricked!
So this is a huge thing with unit developments in Australia. Im kind of excited about bricks again...