Last year, Tesla announced a new disruptive product to the market in the form of solar roof shingles. Unlike traditional solar roof panels, these shingles mimic the look of traditional terra cotta, clay, and slate tiles, creating a more aesthetically pleasing look. This week, the company began taking pre-orders for the roof shingles and also released a cost calculator.
Starting now, you can place your solar roof tile pre-order with a down payment of $1,000 on Tesla’s website. Currently, only the “textured” and “smooth” roof shingles are available, but the terra cotta-type “Tuscan” shingles and the slate shingles will be available next year. The company expects that the first shingles will be installed in the US sometime this summer. Those interested outside of the US will have to wait until 2018.
So, the big question is, how much does this cost? Tesla has made this INCREDIBLY easy to figure out the up-front costs with the Solar Roof Calculator on their website. All you have to do is enter your address and it takes data from Google Project Sunroof to estimate your total costs. The cost also factors in the cost of the Tesla Powerwall battery ($7,000) and shows you the total amount of energy dollars you can expect to save, as well as the tax credits that are available.
Tesla is able to customize your roof order with respect to the ratio of solar and non-solar roof tiles. The solar tiles are much more costly than the non-solar version, but they both look the same from the street, creating a cohesive look. The company is also offering an “infinite tile warranty,” which will cover the tiles for the lifetime of your house.
No details have been released about how exactly the roofs will be installed. I would imagine that the contractors involved will need to be highly trained, especially for the initial rollout of the product.
You can check out the video below, by Tech Insider, for more information:
Tesla Solar Roof ($1K preorder) | Tesla
I’ve mentioned this several times before, but the single greatest thing technology companies can do for the construction industry is to allow cross-platform integration. That’s essentially what construction is at its core, anyway, a bunch of different entities working together for a common goal. Autodesk’s BIM 360, which already integrates 60+ different softwares into its platform, has recently added NoteVault to its list.
When we’ve talked about construction robotics in the past, it’s mostly been about really large machines working on exterior structures, like this brick-laying robot, or this self-driving track loader. A technology institute in Japan is busy working towards bringing robotics to the interior finish side of the construction world with the development of a drywall installing robot.
PlanGrid users may have noticed, or been frustrated with that fact, that some features that are available on the program’s Android and iOS apps are not available on the Windows app. Windows’ Surface tablets have become a popular option for construction teams in recent years, so those users will be happy to hear that the Field Reports function is now available on PlanGrid for Windows.
One of the very first articles I wrote over 3 years ago was about SAM, the Semi-Automated Mason, which is a bricklaying robot. Since that time, SAM, which is made by Construction Robotics, has seen several jobsites, according to their portfolio page. Their most recent project at the University of Nevada has put the technology back in the headlines.
We’ve heard a lot of promising developments on construction technologies in the past few years, many of which will not only make the industry more efficient, but create a much higher quality product. Testing this technology inside of a controlled facility, however, doesn’t quite paint an entire picture for how the product will perform on a constantly evolving jobsite.
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Dubai has been on the bleeding edge of pushing the boundaries of construction for over a decade. The famous Burj Khalifa, the current World’s Tallest Building, but the United Arab Emirates on the map. Since then, the country has poured money and resources into the construction industry and have sets their sights on a new challenge: 3D construction printing.
Just over a year ago, DeWalt announced that it was expanding its reach in construction technology with the release of Construction Site WiFi System. As mobile applications for construction tasks, like daily reporting and plan review, become more and more popular, it’s becoming increasingly important for contractors to ensure there is adequate internet connection on the jobsite. Managing that connection on an often changing construction site can prove to be a bit of a challenge.
PlanGrid users who have been wanting the ability to add additional documents to their field reports within the platform now have the ability to do so with a recent update.
Last summer, Tesla announced that the first of their solar roof tiles had been installed on test houses. However, as has become customary with many Tesla products, the company is experiencing significant manufacturing delays.