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Fenestration for Environmental Sustainability

Fenestration refers to the design, construction, or presence of openings in a building.  The importance of this aspect of building construction cannot be underestimated. The style, placement, construction and material used are all important features in giving a building character, environmental interaction and climatic optimisation. The field of fenestration has …

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Biophilia and Healing Environments

Biophilia —literally means love of life. But, aside from bringing live beings like plants, pets and people into our living spaces, these are also critical to the design of buildings that make them attractive and life-enhancing. Elucidates Dr. Nikos A. Salingaros, Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and Professor of Mathematics at …

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Protective Wing

The project Chiang Mai Bird Sanctuary (CBS) meets the needs of birds and humans alike – thereby expanding the scope of sustainable construction to include a feathered dimension. Designed by Architectkidd, a design practice based in Bangkok, Thailand, the project received Gold prize in the 2014 regional Holcim Awards for …

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Transparent Radiant Barrier Window insulators

Evidently, the days of cheap energy are gone and we have entered a reality of rising energy costs. Now is the time to make plans to address our work and home environment. This is where we go back to the basics. A very worthwhile goal is to look at the …

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Light as a Narrative Tool

Technological advent has brought in the aspect of artificial light in our daily lives. The urban centers of the world catering to developed sensibilities demand the use of light in various roles. The planned architectural lightingis an area that addresses one such aspect of lighting design, explains Kapil B. Sinai Surlakar, …

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Shaping the future of Fire Safety

Nohmi Bosai Ltd, was incorporated in 1916 in Japan and is exclusively dedicated to the business of fire protection & detection system. It has achieved specialization in Fire Testing, R&D, Manufacturing, System Design, Engineering & Consulting, Installation and Maintenance of various fire protection systems. The company headquartered in Tokyo Japan …

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Ready to Fit Moulded Fenestration

Pre-fabricated construction is not entirely new to the Indian construction space. Karanan Karthik Kumar, Proprietor, Karthik Enterprises, a Bangalore based manufacturer of composite doors, frames and windows speaks to Buildotech on the rising popularity of pre-fabricated fenestration. How are readymade doors and windows better than the traditional alternative? The pre-fabricated …

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The acoustics of open-plan offices

An open-plan office is generally categorized with the absence of walls and partitions and is considered an environment friendly design. However, it also presents acoustical problems. Various simulations show how such problems can be addressed with changes in office furniture design and layout.

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Contemporary Architecture in India Passage through times

Ahmedabad based Architect Yatin Pandya, proprietor Footprints E.A.R.T.H, is an author, activist, academician and researcher. His books, “Concepts of space in traditional Indian architecture”, and “Elements of space making” have been published internationally. A visiting faculty at National Institute of design and CEPT Univer-sity at Ahmedabad, Yatin takes us through …

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INTERVIEW

BUILDOTECH spoke to leading window manufacturers, Fenesta Building Systems and Sohom Fenestertech Pvt. Ltd, on window design, selection and installation aspects which can help minimize heating, cooling and lighting costs Buildotech: Design considerations while planning windows to achieve thermal efficiency.   Murphy: A well designed window will not just prove …

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