Architectural Initiatives taken for Homes
May17

Architectural Initiatives taken for Homes

Initiatives taken by Architects to bring long term value to homes for end users  The real estate industry, augmented by the economic boom in India post 1990’s after the government introduced economic reforms and MNCs started their operations in India, is today the second largest employment generation sector and contributes about 6.3 per cent to India’s gross domestic product (GDP). The future holds substantial growth opportunities in this sector with the advent of global real estate players in India. In addition, demands of emerging urban populace created a strong influx of modern lifestyle with the integration of diverse Indian culture. Advanced design and engineering trends are being adopted by the industry to set forth better standards of living to achieve long term value for end users. Real Estate Development Property developers have envisaged this transition and fundamentally work  on a robust  model that is a gamut of  interlinked processes  of estate development  right from Land Acquisition & Liasoning ,Design & Construction, Marketing & Finance, Customer Service & Operations. Developers’ need a core team comprising of Architects, Planners, Engineers & Marketing Professionals that formulate the “Design Cell“ and showcase versatility in creating excellence spread across housing projects ranging from mid segment to luxury condominiums. A Design Cell The In- house Design Cell of a real estate firm performs the vital role in delivering the vision of a dream home to potential buyers .They have the challenging task of meeting the demands of different classes of people while at the same time incorporating contemporary and environment friendly design concepts into the structural design of the residential or commercial spaces. The Design Cell led by architects and planners whose substantial design skills and technical expertise are underpinned by exposure to people, places, and culture always come up with innovative and  futuristic concepts . With the goal of creating buildings and spaces that demonstrate a healthy community living, the design team always bears in mind that the spaces they create must enhance the quality of life of people and provide long term value to them. Design team provides the necessary inputs and acts as an interface between various departments throughout the project life cycle. Effective research and development, use of latest design technology, landscape design, green building design, selection of materials, and quality of construction are some of the things that are taken care of by the design team to create great designs and meaningful architecture. Let us briefly go through the steps followed by the architectural team. R&D – Formation of design brief is developed by carrying out in-depth analysis of demographics and socio – economic surveys and inputs derived by the...

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Rise of Bangalore as a hot realty destination
Apr14

Rise of Bangalore as a hot realty destination

Bangalore is booming as a real estate destination with a number of world class apartments and elite condominiums coming up in this city of techies. Bangalore, which has earned the sobriquet – “Silicon Valley of India”, is home to millions of IT professionals from India and abroad. From real estate point of view, this IT hub has seen a robust growth both in commercial and residential segment. The reason being that most IT, ITES, BPOs, and other top notch companies have set up their offices in Bangalore. Now, since these companies have created a high demand for office spaces and residential spaces for their employees, there has been a boom in Bangalore’s realty market. According to one of the reports of the association of national realtors, in 2013 alone, more than eight thousand projects have been initiated in this city. This report corroborates the fact that real estate market is certainly booming in Bangalore. On the basis of its socio-economic and infrastructure factors, Bangalore is rated among the top ten preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world. This, coupled with its year round pleasant weather makes Bangalore a favourable destination for buyers and investors. Here are a few more reasons that make Bangalore a favoured residential destination: • World-class infrastructure and quality lifestyle • Cool, pleasant climatic conditions all year around • Profitable job openings in IT, ITES, biotechnology, and manufacturing industries • Good for schooling and higher education • A safe place to live There has been a tremendous increase in the demand for the real estate in Bangalore or Bengaluru, as there has been an increase in the number of IT and ITES industry, manufacturing industries, and aviation industry. Today, Bangalore is home to 35% of the total pool of one million Indian IT professionals and then there are people working in manufacturing industries. All these people are ready to invest in Bangalore realty as there are options available for all kinds of pockets and the annual appreciation of these properties is good and is likely to enhance further. Therefore, things are really looking bright for the realty sector in Bangalore. Bangalore’s real estate market is high on quality, innovativeness, and delivery. Most of the projects are available in various innovative formats and styles to suit the buyers’ tastes Bangalore’s residential real estate is mainly divided into two types of real estate projects. The first type includes the luxurious residential spaces like independent bungalows, hi-tech villas, luxury condos, or apartments. The second type includes affordable housing solutions like apartments, flats, and independent homes. The recent rise in the property prices has led to an increase in demand for...

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Importance of Green Buildings
Apr07

Importance of Green Buildings

According to  the Indian Green Building Council “A green building is one which uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building.” Importance of Green Buildings Green building is one of the green solutions to the problem of pollution. We have loaded our atmosphere with huge concentrations of carbon dioxide and now to offset this carbon dioxide, we need to work in two ways. One, we need to plant more trees; two, we need to reduce the negative impact buildings have on environment. Green buildings are buildings that are constructed using processes that are environmentally responsible.  These green buildings incorporate design techniques and materials that minimize negative impact on environment and human health. The idea behind Green buildings is to reduce human dependence on fossil fuels and to use resource-efficient processes at every stage of building’s life-cycle right from site selection to construction to maintenance and even demolition. Green building is about responsible approach to environment. As Sandy Wiggins, USGBC President has said, “Green building is not about buildings – it is about people.”  It is about building sensibly so that we don’t run out of resources and there are enough resources left for our future generations. Initially, green buildings may seem like a tricky investment, but the subsequent rewards are far greater than you can think. Why Go Green We need green buildings because these buildings focus on: using environment friendly material/green material minimizing energy usage water management reducing waste promoting health and well being of residents Using green material:   Green material includes materials that blend harmoniously with ecosystem processes and minimize the use of other materials and energy. Such materials include renewable material like bamboo which replenishes quickly, or regionally manufactured products that reduce transportation cost or products that contain post-consumer recycled content such as steel columns, beams, studs etc. Minimizing energy usage: This can be achieved by building homes using right kind of elements in the building fabric so these homes use less power to be comfortable (building fabric includes the external walls, roofs, and floors); by generating building electricity on site from renewable resources of energy like solar or biogas and by eliminating the use of chlorofluorocarbons in HVAC systems (Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Systems. Other things that can be done to reduce consumption of energy are – better insulation, high-efficiency windows, constructing passive solar buildings (having windows on southern facing side). These types of houses or buildings remain cool in summers and warm in winters and can reduce their heating and cooling costs by almost 85%. Water management:  Green homes and buildings...

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Precast Technology
Feb03

Precast Technology

Introducing Precast Technology The concept of precast (also known as “prefabricated”) construction includes those buildings where the majority of structural components are standardized and produced in plants in a location away from the building, and then transported to the site for assembly. These components are manufactured by industrial methods based on mass production in order to build large number of buildings in a short time span and at a low cost along with the division and specialization of the human workforce The use of tools, machinery, and other equipment, usually automated, in the production of standard, interchangeable parts and products This type of construction requires a restructuring of the entire conventional construction process to enable interaction between the design phase and production planning in order to improve and speed up the construction. One of the key premises for achieving that objective is to design buildings with a regular configuration in plan and elevation. The Cast-in-Situ technique takes long time to construct a building, therefore the overall cost of construction rises which ultimately escalates the price of the property. Prefabricated technologies can be a solution to this problem. A recent prefabricated 10 storied construction in Mohali, exactly built in 48 hours can be a beacon of hope to developers who wants to experiment prefabricated technologies to deliver on time and within budgets. The primary cost benefits of prefabricated structures derive from the speed of prefabricated buildings to be erected at a fraction of the time than a conventional building. These time savings contribute to lower interest during construction and have the advantage of commencing activities far earlier. Further because of mechanization the raw material is optimized which further reduces the material cost of the building. Though prefab materials are 15-20% expensive than the traditional ones, higher efficiency and less wastage and minimal labour requirements can bring down the overall cost substantially for large buildings. They also eliminate the need for auxiliary activities such as plastering, electrical wiring and plumbing as these are done at the casting stage itself. The use of prefab techniques can also result in better cost efficiencies over the life span of the buildings. Some commonly used prefab materials include steel frames for structures, panels made of wood, cement / concrete, gypsum and other materials for floors, walls and ceilings, factory-made doors, windows and ventilators. Prefab construction also improves the quality of the building drastically. Usually, pre-engineered or pre-fabricated houses show better performance, as factory- or assembly-line-produced homes are manufactured to stricter norms. Such building solutions use cutting edge technology and reduce the number of manufacturing defects given the strong quality checks that can be put in...

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