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Canadian timber manufacturer opens first robotic housing factory in Vancouver

by Samiyah Mokaddus

Canadian mass-timber housing manufacturer Intelligent City has opened its first robotic factory in North Delta in the Vancouver metropolitan region of British Columbia.

The opening was officiated by BC premier John Horgan and Ravi Kahlon, British Columbia’s minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery, and Innovation.

Co-founder Oliver Lang said: “We are leading the housing industry through a product- and platform-based approach to address affordability, livability and climate change issues.

“We are now the first in the world to use advanced robotics to automatically assemble mass timber building systems that have been tested to meet the latest building code and net-zero standards.”

The British Columbian government has supported Intelligent City with C$460,000 (c.£270,000) from the CleanBC Building Innovation Fund.

Ravi Kahlon said: “When it comes to tackling the issues of climate change and housing, we know we need to be at leading edge of innovation.

“This type of tech and ingenuity are the type of solutions that advances BC’s building sector in a sustainable way.

“Using mass timber is key to creating a more resilient forest sector, it’s the construction material of the future and it allows us to rethink what’s possible.”

Intelligent City has gained municipal approvals for its mass timber building system and technology.

The firm expects to deliver its first projects in Vancouver in early 2022.

Image: Intelligent City’s technology development team reviewing the robotic manufacturing process. Credit: Intelligent City

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