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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.

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July – September 2017
Interiors have been gaining great momentum and attention. The term interior architecture has also been getting expanded and explored in projects and on paper. The relationship of interiors to architecture is shifting in tune with the social and functional factors. Architects look at understanding the design of the buildings from inside out.

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April – June 2017
With technology advancing faster than the building industry, the architectural design processes are getting revolutionised. Parametric design which is now followed globally as a resource with which it is possible to achieve efficiency in concept and implementation.

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February 2017
Cutting taxes on small enterprises & lower income citizens, encouraging affordable housing & the rural economy and according infrastructure status to low cost housing have brought in cheer: The Budget has impacted the real estate sector in a big way.

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January 2017
With the January 2017 edition, Buildotech has completed a decade of being part of one of the most important segments: the built environment. In 2007, when we launched the magazine, it was the word“ sustainability”, that was most talked about, discussed and to some extent less understood.

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December 2016
The last few weeks really belonged to demonetization. Among many other sectors directly or indirectly impacted, the real estate segment too has been airing views or rather concerns about the market’s uncertainties.

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November 2016
Offices, commercial spaces and some building complexes are undergoing a smart transformation connecting and linking HVAC, lighting, environmental sensors, and security and safety equipment, along with external inputs such as the smart grid and weather.

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October 2016
As building technologies and designs are evolving, the process of creating built environments for different functionalities and locations is no doubt challenging..

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September 2016
The need for optimum use of space and the passion for technology and design are making buildings grow super tall. The trend has driven the growth of world elevator markets.

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August 2016
As this issue of Buildotech goes to press, the whole nation is evaluating the impact of Goods and Services Tax which just passed the first hurdle.

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July 2016
Design and architectural professionals who are seriously looking at sustainable design are concerned with the health & safety, and productivity of the occupants and also the optimal usability.

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June 2016
As with our previous issues, this month’s edition too brings to its readers a mix of informative articles in technology and design. Though new regulatory rules have been passed for real estate, the lull still continues.

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May 2016
Integration of lighting design with architecture and the available daylight has always been a challenging component of interior designing. Years on, architects and designers have been putting together what they have learnt to create the best lighting solution for the occupant.

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March & April 2016
The month of March did bring in cheer to the real estate sector with the clearing of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015 which is expected to ease homebuyers’ concerns like delayed delivery and change in project layout among others.

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February 2016
The Summit had a right mix of speakers and topics that held the audience till the last minute”; “It was a wonderful experience”; the best Summit on real estate and Facility management organized in recent times”… These were the reactions from the delegates who attended the first International IFM summit put together by Buildotech in January in Mumbai.

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January 2016
From time to time, India has been seeing extraordinarily innovative and purposeful architecture that has changed the way we perceive buildings and structures.

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