-By Hiral Sheth, Director (Marketing) – Sheth Creators
Construction technology is fast evolving in the Indian Real Estate Market. Construction Industry is a major contributor to the country’s GDP and one of the largest employment generators. The exponential growth in the real estate development comprising of the high-rise buildings have been observing a long gestation period primarily due to the current conventional construction system being extremely time consuming and costly. Adaption of advanced construction technologies is becoming increasingly imperative owing to rapid pace of infrastructure development, tighter project completion schedules and acute paucity of skilled workers.
The past years have seen an increased urbanization and also witnessed colossal growth in the increase in number of high-rise buildings not only in Mumbai but across the country. With the advent of high rise buildings the need of hour is to bring in innovative building materials and technologies entering the industry that can deliver innovative systems for building structures and provide affordable and sustainable infrastructure.
Though it is quite significant to take over newer construction technologies for the projects, however, it should be ensured that the technologies taken over for the projects are competitive and deliver quality and sustainable projects. It is also important to know and adopt the latest green technologies and innovations that are making buildings more sustainable. Innovative strategies help to boost the use of natural forces, reduce total energy use, and conserve water.
While the role of Technology is constantly evolving today most of the real estate players across the country are adopting novel technologies to cater to the needs of a wider audience.
Precast construction rises to all the challenges of modern buildings in terms of energy efficiency, moisture control and durability, while requiring minimal maintenance it is cost effective, fire resistant and has enhanced durability. In this type of construction the structures are not made up of mortar or cement but of beams and columns, slabs and panels. This technology provides a hindrance free construction.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is one of the latest technologies introduced by developers in the country today. BIM is an exclusive tool, which brings about the complete engineering detailing in 3D. This technology helps analyse and execute the finest of the details in terms of finishing as well. There is a lot scope of IT integrated construction technology in the current scenario. This will be the future prospect for the construction industry as developers are seeking IT support to minimise the cost, enhance productivity and reduce the time taken to complete projects.
The Smart Home Automation Features:
The concept of smart homes has evolved tremendously in the Indian market during 2012. The primary reason for the growth of this segment is due to the HNIs & NRI’s who are looking to invest in the real estate market. They prefer to have more of individual spaces and expect an enhanced quantum of luxury for themselves. Smart home solutions will become an indispensable part of every real estate product offering The Indian market has witnessed a constant demand from buyers when it comes to high-end luxury properties. Smart home automation is the next big thing. Smart homes are clearly the way forward for the sector with urban lifestyle increasingly getting automated and end users showing a clear preference for homes that offer the maximum convenience.
Moreover, in today’s fast-paced lifestyle, buildings need a brain to intelligently control the many systems and thousands of data points they generate. In this very scene, BMS is essential irrespective of whether the project is a luxury or premium property. They save a considerable amount of energy and are apt for the technology conscious current generation. Aspects such as entrance management system enabling monitoring of home even from miles away, gas leak sensor that detects a gas leak instantly, Soft panic button raises alarm, Continuous video surveillance of all the common areas with access control sensor to recognises resident’s car and automatically open the boom barriers.
Embarking on Sustainable Structures:
The city of Mumbai has willingly acknowledged the rightful solicitation of green technology to uphold high level of sustainability. The real estate projects aims at full utilization of solar energy for power and thermal stabilization along with the prime focus on water harvesting and waste recycling. Another important fact that has been looked into profusely is that of landscaping. Most of the structure design proposes terrace farms to minimize the loss of plantation on the ground.
Utilization of LAR designs, a concept that encourages ecological architecture inspired by pyramid style. Herein the designers propose vegetation on all terraces which would meet the cooling requirements of the building. Besides that the design also concentrates vastly on rain water and solar energy harvesting. The recent residential edifices believe in utilizing power and meeting the energy requirements from the wind turbines.
Prefabrication is making a strong comeback in both commercial and residential properties, as the benefits of greener and faster production techniques become more attractive to firms looking to cut building and operating costs. With modular construction, units can be stacked and arranged into aesthetically pleasing, functional designs that convey an eco-conscious mentality. Clean lines, aluminium panelling and energy-efficient glass give modular buildings a modern chic that will soon populate downtown corridors the world over.
The technology has been used extensively in Europe, Gulf Countries, Asia and other parts of the world. Mivan technology is suitable for constructing large number of houses in a short span of time. The technology requires relatively less labour, increases durability, has more seismic resistance, reduces leakages and also leads to fast completion of the construction.