Panchshil Towers, a project by Panchshil Realty, among the tallest in Pune at 350 feet and 35 floors, has employed Dry Construction Technique (DCT) for the first time in India. DCT helps reduce the use of water and the project’s impact on the environment.
For instance, in a large-scale application such as the Panchshil Towers project – the development area is covered by a network of roads. In conventional practices, concrete roads are preferred, but these roads require cement and plenty of water. The project has therefore opted for the more contemporary method of making roads with ‘paving blocks’. These blocks are fixed on dry crush sand, which do not require the use of water. Also, during monsoons, paving blocks allow rain-water to percolate into the ground, which ultimately increases the ground-water table.
Dry Construction includes the use of lightweight material, structures and systems created on the principle of lightweight construction. Within the apartment, DCT, involves the construction of interior walls, ceilings and floors using plastered or microfiber board that is joined at the time of installing. Apart from the dry wall and ceiling, the façade is also done with Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) instead of brickwork and plaster. This is easier to maintain and ensures a fresh and contemporary façade for the long-term.
Dry wall construction technique is also viewed as the latest trend in green building technology, and is applicable to all commercial as well as residential developments. Dry wall systems are light weight systems, up to 8-10 times lighter than traditional brick and cement work, and provide a super-smooth surface. This technique further creates more usable carpet area within apartments as Dry Walls are 80mm gypsum board over high-quality steel framing, compared to the standard 200mm brick walls. They are easier to renovate, repair and maintain in the longer run.
DCT facilitates easy handling of material and speedy construction. It promotes neat and clean site working conditions, convenience in upgrading or renovating existing spaces that are already occupied and operational. It is extremely compatible with RCC as well as steel structures and external facades, while the cavity space between walls can be utilized to install electrical and plumbing services without recessing the walls. The technique also provides superior sound-proofing, insulation, and smoother finish.
Other advantages include ease of repairs, renovation & maintenance, and minimum construction waste.