Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Construction industry moves from traditional to innovative building concepts


New eco-friendly engineered homes, building systems and technology are being introduced. We are moving away from the traditional method of construction towards the innovative concept of engineered residential homes. Noida-based Interior Craft has launched the unique concept of assembling partially constructed components manufacturing inside a factory. So, what’s different about this home?

Called Interior Craft Engineered (I.C.E) Homes, a sample building with this technology uses iron columns as supporting pillars, covered by shera board (fiber-cement composite) as substitute for cement, grade A steel beams, GI sheets, bison board for roof and membrane for water proofing, CFL and LED lighting etc. Propagating the need for green technology in all buildings, Interior Craft said that this building is ready within 3 months.

Eliminating the need of a large workforce and large turn over time, components such as supporting pillars, door head and roof structure, are built in a climate-controlled factory, away from the construction site and transported to the actual site for assembly. A structure built following this methodology is stronger, faster and economical as compared to buildings constructed conventionally.

Talking about the uniqueness of Engineered Homes, Anis Ahmed, Managing Director, Interior Craft said, “This home is durable and technically superior and has all the certifications of clearance as per the safety and environmental norms issued by the concerned authorities. Available at about Rs 2,600 per sq ft, the company has so far taken orders only for farm houses.”

G D Goenka’s farmhouse in Sultanpur, Delhi is the company’s next project. DC Architects are the design partners and Raj Nandini Estates Pvt. Ltd is the marketing partner.

Developers like M3M Ltd, Ambience Group, Eros Group have used Interior Crafts’ services like railing, gates, canopy, staircase etc. However, this is the first time when the concept of assembling a house at the construction site has been witnessed.

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