Developers are now adopting precast concrete and engineering homes technology in their projects after encouraging results of these technologies in Europe and the Middle East.
Interior Craft,Alstone,Orris Infrastructure,Amrapali,Supertech,etc,have adopted a new building system that offers speed,quality and value at the same time.The use of such technology helps in saving up to 64% of the total man hours needed using conventional methods.That is,if a building takes one year to raise using brick and mortar method,it can be completed in four months with precast and engineering homes method.
Engineered and precast homes have brought in a drastic change in the construction industry over the traditional method of construction,which involves assembling partially constructed components manufactured inside a factory.
Engineering and precast technology cuts down on the need for a large workforce and large turnover time,with components like supporting pillars,door heads and roof structures built in a climate-controlled factory away from the construction site and transported to the actual site for assembly.A structure built using this methodology is stronger and economical,compared to buildings constructed conventionally.In addition,it takes a very short time to put together,too.
Anis Ahmed,the managing director of Interior Craft,says: "We have come up with the concept of interior craft engineered homes (ICE Homes),realizing the needs of the present-day customers.These homes are durable and technically superior and carry all the certifications of clearance under the safety and environmental norms of the authorities concerned.ICE Homes are priced reasonably and give homebuyers a ready-to-move-in option,as they may be completed in as little as three months."
"Engineered homes can be constructed anywhere on earth;be it on a sand dune,along a beachside or on the hills.What a person needs to have is just a piece of land.The cost of constructing an ICE Home is approximately Rs 2,600 sq ft,which proves to be more economical and technology more resilient than traditional homes due to the tensile and compressive strength of premium quality stainless steel.We are confident that Interior Craft's engineered homes will redefine the Indian construction industry,"Anis Ahmed says.
Precast concrete technology has proved its worth by saving a lot of construction time.The best part of the technology is that it not only speeds up construction work but also enhances the quality of the final output.The use of this technology can bring down the construction cost by 10-15 % and it could be the answer to India's affordable housing.
Supertech has set up a precast site with a production capacity of 5 million sq ft area per annum at Sector Ecotech 16 (Roja Yakubpur) in Greater Noida,where all construction-related work will be done.The company has set up two separate units - one for hollow slabs and the other for precast wall panels.All the machines and units have been imported from Germany.
"Currently,the technology is only being used abroad,"says Rakesh Yadav,the managing director of Antriksh Group."The real estate industry is under tremendous pressure when it comes to timely completion of projects - it is a huge task for the builders.Precast and engineered homes technology helps in sustainable development by introducing eco-friendly and innovative technologies and could pave the way for green construction and a greener planet,"Yadav says.
Alstone International is delivering aluminium composite panels (ACP),which will aid precast concrete and engineering homes technology immensely.Its total production capacity is 20 million sq ft per annum.
Sumit Gupta,the director of Alstone International,says: "The ACPs have played a vital role in renovation and beautification of stadiums like Jawaharlal Nehru,Chhatrasal,Sri Fort,Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium,Saket and Yamuna Sports Complex,etc,for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.The massive airport modernization programme with ACP facade is a boost for the country's image too.The Indira Gandhi International airport T-3 has an aesthetic elevation thanks to ACP.Each and every station of the Delhi Metro has been beautified using ACP cladding.We have brought alive the dreams of architects through technological upgradation,which has greatly facilitated the creation of beautiful elevations."
Sanjeev Srivastva,the managing director of Assotech Limited,says that precast technology is useful for mass construction of similar kind of buildings and can be used effectively in churning out plentiful affordable houses.He says that this technology may not be very useful for grouphousing projects where each tower has a different requirement.
Manoj Gaur,the managing director of Gaursons India Ltd,says: "Precast technologies can be used to build homes quickly and cost-effectively,especially as traditional construction costs continue to rise.Prefabricated material helps a lot in bringing down the time of construction.Since walls,pillars,and beams are prefabricated and just need to be brought to the site and assembled,it saves time on settling down of the structure.If adequate prefabricated material is available,real estate projects will see the light of the day in double quick time.Precast and engineering homes material eliminate the need for auxiliary activities like plastering,electrical wiring,etc."
Sanjay Rastogi,the director of Saviour Builders Pvt Ltd,says: "The need to increase the pace of construction is a dire necessity.With shortage in houses galloping by the day and keeping in mind the end users' need to get possession quickly,we need to have technology that can help increase the pace of delivery.Prefabricated material is an answer to this need.The use of prefabricated material is gaining momentum amongst developers and,soon,this technology may well take over the traditional way of construction."
ENGINEERED HOMES CAN BE CONSTRUCTED ANYWHERE ON EARTH;ON A SAND DUNE,ALONG A BEACHSIDE OR ON THE HILLS.WHAT A PERSON NEEDS TO HAVE IS JUST A PIECE OF LAND
THE USE OF THIS TECHNOLOGY CAN BRING DOWN THE CONSTRUCTION COST BY 10-15 % AND IT COULD BE THE ANSWER TO INDIAS CRYING NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Courtesy – Times property (The Times of India) Dt – 9/6/2012