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Ceiling systems: Vital component of interior finishes

How should a ceiling system be chosen for indoor use? Ceiling for indoor uses is primarily chosen based on its function for acoustical requirement. Be it noise absorption to mitigate echo or sound insulation to preserve speech privacy, Knauf AMF has complete system solutions to meet these initial objectives and …

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Detecting the most subtle temperature variations-thermography as a research project

The Frankfurt based housing and real estate group ABG aims to provide the highest quality of living. A FLIR T1030sc Thermal imaging camera helps improve the insulation of over 50,000 apartments and implement a European research project. The ABG housing company’s program is called “WOHNEN FÜRALLE” (HOUSING FOR EVERYONE), because …

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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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Acoustic design for a ‘Sound’ Environment

Understanding by architects, professional engineers and systems providers of the need for the right kind of acoustics and use of right technology & materials is very important to create a good sound environment. Buildotech gets the views of Giuseppe Fiore, Head – Specifications Department, Lindner Group and Sudeep Kolte (Vice …

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Are we missing the Reflections in today’s acoustical designs?

Success of any architectural design or beauty of interior aesthetics is nothing but how well it serves the purpose for which it is built for. Unfortunately, in many of the cases it is missing, especially when it comes to auditoriums, seminar halls or classrooms says V N Purandare, an independent …

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Indoor air in Conditioned spaces

At the time when the media is filled with reports of pollution levels in the air especially in Delhi, it may appear to be strange to be concerned with quality of indoor air quality (IAQ). Here is why we should be concerned. Today at any given point of time 70% …

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Office building showcasing sustainability measures

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) office in Dubai designed by Green Consultant En3 achieved LEED Gold certification under LEED BD+C (Building Design and Construction) version 3.0. The 121936sqft built-up area of TRA building sports many green features that directly contribute to the environment in terms of reduced energy consumption, impact …

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Coming Out of the Cold

“If usage of air-conditioning continues to grow, it could singlehandedly undermine all of humanity’s efforts to curb the release of greenhouse gases and prevent climate disruption,” says, Stan Cox, senior scientist at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, USA. He is the author of ‘Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths about …

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Sustainability:An Emerging Service Offering in FM Market

Sustainability services are offered by facility management (FM) companies to decrease negative environmental impact and improve social and economic benefits like energy efficiency, reduction in utility bills, improved air quality etc. According to Environment & Building Technologies Practice, Frost & Sullivan, in India, sustainability services are still limited to energy …

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Airport inspired by a Peacock

In each of the preceding centuries, Mumbai has produced one iconic public building that has symbolized entrance into the city whether by land, as in VT Station (1887), or by sea, as in the Gateway of India (1921). Terminal 2 at CSIA is envisaged as a 21st century counterpart to …

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