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Designing Schools Holistic & Ecological

Talking about Buildings for Health, school buildings demand a design strategy to build structures that respond to climate and are naturally ventilated. It is also a pre-requisite that the schools are made barrier-free and visually well connected. Chennai-based KSM Architecture led by KS Money and Sriram Ganpathi is sensitive to …

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Following a ‘fluid and evolving’ design approach

Benny Kuriakose, the Chennai-based architect believes there is only good architecture and bad architecture. He also advocates sustainable architecture. But his take on sustainability is different from the run-of-the-mills explanations that we hear normally… Benny’s approach to a design is characterized by fluid and ever-changing reflections that follows the universal …

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Building with Ever Changing ideas

Professor Krishnarao Jaisim has enjoyed the practice of architecture for over four decades now. During this period the firm Jaisim Fountainhead has undertaken and executed scores of projects in almost every aspect of building industry. Building on a philosophy that is committed to the earth and dedicated to the client, …

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Affordable and aesthetic housing

An affordable house that is designed well is not an oxymoron. Today, the best social housing being designed and built, incorporates a combination of a creative plan, state of the art strategies that involve sustainable techniques and aesthetics that will place the projects well in the market alongside their competitors. …

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Creating a benchmark project for Tamil Nadu

Chennai based Akshaya, the leading real estate company is acclaimed for its transparent business practices and innovations. It has built over 155 buildings, both residential and commercial in South India. T. Chitty Babu, the Chairman and CEO of Akshaya Pvt Ltd. and the Chairman of CII Smart City & member …

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Focusing on consumer needs

Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning India Limited which is the Indian unit of the joint venture between Johnson Controls, Inc and Hitachi Appliances, Japan, aims to leverage the strengths of both the companies to develop products and technologies that are innovative, energy efficient, eco-friendly and fulfill the needs of …

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Buildings for Health

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This is very true. Unlike many simple parameters that can be measured easily and its impact ascertained, well-being in buildings is really a complex issue …

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Future of Construction Technology

The building industry is undergoing rapid technological changes; Drones, augmented realty, virtual realty, 3D prints, big data BIM… While most other industries have undergone tremendous changes over the last few decades, and have reaped the benefits of process and product innovations, the Engineering & Construction sector has been hesitant about …

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Wall massing for Thermal Comfort

The concept of massing for maintaining thermal comfort in hot and dry as well as composite climates has been used across the world in vernacular architecture. Pooja Dawalkar who visited Jerusalem recently writes about how the city has been using the technology of massing of walls. We cannot control the …

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Rockwool Worldwide recommends FLIR thermal imaging cameras

Rockwool Germany has recently started a thermography project, recommending FLIR thermal imaging cameras. “As the stonewool insulation market leader, we wanted to work with the market leader in thermal imaging, so that’s why we turned to FLIR”, explains Verena Pieper, the marketing manager responsible for the thermography program at Rockwool. …

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