The fast paced urbanization and the increase in number of high-rise buildings across the country has led to new building materials and technologies entering the industry that can deliver innovative systems for building structures and provide affordable and sustainable infrastructure. Buildotech spoke to two leading developers to get their views on the new developments in the realty sector.
The reasons developers are adopting latest construction technologies.
J.C Sharma: Today most of the real estate players across the country are adopting novel technologies to cater to the needs of a wider audience. We have too introduced innovative technologies in the construction work and we clearly understand its growing importance in this sector. One of the main reasons for developers to invest in latest technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing units is to process fast delivery of projects by reducing time and obtaining superior finish.
Sanjay Raj: Technology plays a decisive role in any construction project starting from scratch. Yet, construction is one industry which is not completely automated. We certainly have to take support of manual labour at various stages of project progression but growing use of construction machinery is making processes simpler and easier than how it was a decade ago. Construction machinery like RMX trucks, heavy load excavators and stone crushers, etc. has made construction faster. The industry has evolved in terms of construction and the nation recently witnessed the hydraulic concrete crushing machines. This machine is mainly used for demolition, which involves a state of the art method of dismantling existing structures. Though, using new machines & systems is advantageous to the developer, the initial cost of investment on these machinery can be huge. Still, developers who understand the dividends they can reap by adopting technology are going for it.
What are some of the advanced technologies & systems introduced?
J.C Sharma: The Backward Integration model at Sobha Developers means that the company has all the key competencies and in-house resources to deliver a project from conceptualization to completion. The model also reduces dependency on external elements thereby, ensuring prompt delivery of all the projects. Backward integration model at Sobha includes an interiors division with one of India’s largest woodworking factories, a metal works and glazing factory, and a concrete products factory.
Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete (GFRC), one of our flagship products from the Concrete Products Division (CPD) is now used as the cladding material in some of our projects. Using GFRC panels as cladding material has the following distinct advantages- it is cost effective, visually aesthetic, aids in fast installation, easy to maintain, moth and fire resistant and durability.
Sanjay Raj: Building Information Modelling (BIM) is one of the latest technologies introduced by developers in the country today. BIM is an exclusive tool, which brings about the complete engineering detailing in 3D. This technology helps analyse and execute the finest of the details in terms of finishing as well. There is a lot scope of IT integrated construction technology in the current scenario. This will be the future prospect for the construction industry as developers are seeking IT support to minimise the cost, enhance productivity and reduce the time taken to complete projects.
The smart home automation features
J.C Sharma: The Indian market has witnessed a constant demand from buyers when it comes to high-end luxury properties. With the rise of the great Indian middle class, there has been a sturdy growth in the demand for row houses and villas. There is immense focus on exclusivity that is provided by independent villas. The key here is fewer units with larger plot sizes, giving the privileged residents the much sought-after privacy and space. Additionally, a whole gamut of 5-star lifestyle amenities and services are offered to its occupants.
Therefore, as far as the residential property space is concerned, smart home automation is the next big thing. Smart homes are clearly the way forward for the sector with urban lifestyle increasingly getting automated and end users showing a clear preference for homes that offer the maximum convenience. The smart features are especially gaining prominence in Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley as it is home to the largest number of IT/ITES professionals. Automated homes entice the new tech-savvy generation and in the coming few years, smart home solutions will become an indispensable part of every real estate product offering.
Sanjay Raj: The concept of smart homes entered the Indian market during the end of 2011 and early 2012 and has since then evolved tremendously. When it comes to high-end properties, it is usually the HNIs who invest in this segment and their requirements also are niche when compared to the premium segment. They prefer to have more of individual spaces and expect an enhanced quantum of luxury for themselves. Smart home features, building management systems and professional facility maintenance come in as default for such projects. The developers offering of smart homes, largely depends on the accessories that homeowners choose to incorporate. This could range from lighting control and regulation systems, automatic curtain control functions, security and fault monitoring, operations, indication & visualization and remote access to central building system.
Moreover, in today’s fast-paced lifestyle, buildings need a brain to intelligently control the many systems and thousands of data points they generate. In this very scene, BMS is essential irrespective of whether the project is a luxury or premium property. They save a considerable amount of energy and are apt for the technology conscious current generation.
Sobha Habitech is Bangalore’s first smart homes project. It provides the following features:
• Entrance management system enabling monitoring of home even from miles away.
• Gas leak sensor that detects a gas leak instantly.
• Lighting automation to control the entire lighting system, fans and AC. The solution also allows for manual operation of switches to co-exist with the smart functionality of the touch pad.
• Bathroom occupancy sensor helps guests or occupant especially elderly people to locate switches when they have to use the rest room at night. The motion sensor technology switches on or off the lights automatically, thereby, saving energy and adding magical convenience to your smart home.
• Soft panic button raises alarm and sends out alert automatically to pre-decided numbers. These pre-decided numbers could even include hospitals and the security services.
• Continuous video surveillance of all the common areas with access control sensor to recognises resident’s car and automatically open the boom barriers.
Our Hanging Gardens project is a classic example where we have used new age technology in construction/automation and building management.
• Fiber to Home technology for voice & data and multi DTH TV facility with Cable TV
• IP enabled cameras in Drawing/Living for Personal area video monitoring
• Mood Lighting and sensor lighting
• Curtain Controllers
• Access Control to Main door and Remote Controller Modules
• Gas leak Detector and heat detector in Kitchen
• Sensor lighting in basement, corridors, Lift
• Boom Barrier / tags for vehicles at entry point
• Intercom Security system with video door phone