It has now been established that more than the fire, it is the smoke that harms the people when an incident of fire occurs. Effort is being made by the system providers to create awareness among the builders and designers about the importance of using the right kind of smoke and ventilation systems and the need to integrate these systems with BMS. Very often what prevent a systematic fire protection are lack of proper implementation of Building Codes and use of non-standard building materials.
This issue of Buildotech also focuses on the technology advancements in the field of security and video surveillance. Over the years, India has emerged as one of the most promising markets for electronic security systems. The figures show that video surveillance systems have captured key share of the market pie. This is on account of upcoming safe & smart cities, rising overall security concerns and increasing IT spending coupled with government initiatives. Implementation of video analytics, increased installation of high definition cameras, usage of cloud-based services for centralized data, and the need for physical security are also the major factors driving the growth of the video surveillance market.
The design pages of this issue offer a wide range of concepts, practices and project studies. We have the second part in the series of articles on designing with social responsibility. Ar. Binumol Tom from Kerala writes about the benefits in adaptation or rehabilitation of historic old buildings to suit contemporary requirements. The modification process should involve a use as close as possible to the original so as to ensure minimum intervention. Featured in the following pages are two projects of Ar. Iqbal Chaney who advocates simplicity & elegance; design practice of Amey Mhatre & Amit Kadam of Step2 Design Studio and an account of the versatility of design typologies of SM Studio led by Mehgana Reddy and Suresh Mistry. Also find out what exactly is an Earthship.