You read about fire related calamities everyday, the latest being the one at the Cochin Shipyard in Kerala, and the safety lapses that lead to these accidents. The importance of designing Fire-Safe buildings and premises following National Building Codes & Standards and providing Fire fighting equipment & systems has been discussed over and again. Designers are expected to take care of the construction materials being used, the positioning of exits, fire doors & lifts and provision for ventilation.
Indian safety and security industry is growing fast with the government’s focus on smart and safe cities. While the demand for CCTV cameras, home automation systems, alarm systems, access control, etc., is increasing in tune with the prescribed requirements of a safe built environment, the best result can however be achieved by providing integrated and customised solutions.
As buildings are becoming increasingly complex, ensuring constructability during the design and engineering stages is fast emerging as the key to success. Though Buildotech has covered the evolution of BIM a few times in the past, we bring here an interview with Paul Wallet, Regional Director, India for Trimble talking about how by adopting newer technology, the Indian construction industry can keep pace with the global construction sector.
Though concrete is the hardest of the building materials, Buildotech’s Sujatha Thampan discovers that it is in fact the softest, considering the ways it can be manoeuvred to assume almost any colour, texture and pattern.
For the design section, we have tried to explore the architectural practices of Fahed+ Architects headed by architect Fahed Abdul Majeed who asserts that a good design can bring about positive impact to the daily life. Also there are case studies of a few interesting projects of Mumbai-based firm Narayan & Associates that is proficient in offering Interior Design based on observation and analysis of the ways people live and work. Enriching the reading experience is another feature on sustainable architecture in its true sense as practiced by Biome Environmental Solutions, headed by Chitra Vishwanath and Vishwanath.