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FUTURE FACADES Designs, Technologies & Materials


Green Talk

Passive Design Considerations in an Energy-Efficient Building

Tech Talk

Wind Engineering & Rain Infiltration Management

Project Watch

A Passive Home Design Outré House, New Delhi


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Contemporary Lighting Solutions for Building Façades Sandeep S. Adagale, Lighting Design Director, Lighting Dimensions Studio Passive Design Considerations in an Energy-Efficient Building Swapnil Joshi, Regional Manager-Infrastructure and Green Initiatives, Infosys Ltd. De-Coding NFPA 285 Mayank Sharma, Specification Engineer, Knauf Insulation-Middle East and India Wind Engineering & Rain Infiltration Management K. Suresh Kumar, Principal/Senior Consultant & Rahul P.S., Specialist, Wind Engineering, RWDI Consulting Engineers(India) Pvt. Ltd.

Industry Speaks Interview: Amit Shah, Managing Director, Classic Marble Company Pvt. Ltd.






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EDITOR’S NOTE We are proud to present the Annual Special Edition of the Window and Façade Magazine showcasing the winning projects at the Zak Awards for Excellence in Facade & Fenestration. The objective of the Awards was to honour developers, architects and contractors across India who have made exemplary contributions to the façade and fenestration industry through their class design & construction. The first very first edition of the awards, held in December 2017, saw a large number of entries. It revealed a rich vein of stunning façade and fenestration designs that reflect growing innovations and confidence of the Indian construction industry in the use of facade materials and wider offsite methodology. The judges where overwhelmed by the quality and standards of the entries received in each category. This edition celebrates the individuals and businesses responsible for delivering such amazing award winning projects. This edition also brings reports on the 9th edition of Zak Aluminium Extrusions Expo, the 14th edition of Zak Doors & Windows Expo, and the 15th edition of Zak Glass Technology Expo, all of which were held in December ‘17 at Mumbai. Besides elaborate coverage of these two events, this edition presents interesting articles by experts on fire safety measures, façade lighting, passive designs, wind engineering and rain infiltration management. As 2017 comes to a close, it is time to look back at achievements, analyse failures and missed targets and move towards the future with renewed realisation of possibilities, expectations and hope. May the new year begin with a clean slate with nothing but a sense of incalculable possibilities and hope. May it be filled with endless activities, promises and commitments as we try to do better in the coming year. It is the quintessential time of the year to make necessary and beneficial changes in life – not eschew resolutions. As we embark on the year 2018, let’s build a better world for ourselves. Instead of worrying about things we cannot change, it is a good time to look at how we can make a difference. A new calendar is a powerful motivational force for a new beginning, hope and aspiration. As we ring in the New Year, the WFM team wishes the very best to all our readers and advertisers.

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CONTEMPORARY LIGHTING SOLUTIONS FOR BUILDING FAÇADES About the Author: Lighting Dimensions Studio (LDS) was founded in January 2011 by Sandeep S. Adagale, who has more than 10 years of experience in the field of lighting design. Sandeep is B.E. in electrical engineering from Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai with specialization in illumination engineering. Before starting LDS, Sandeep had worked with various international and Indian lighting designers for more than hundred projects all over India. In the short span of six years, LDS has done projects which include highend residences, farm houses, landscapes, terraces, five-star hotels, restaurants, bars, malls, religious places, building façades, commercial offices and jewellery showrooms in India as well as in the UAE, Africa and the KSA.

Sandeep S. Adagale Lighting Design Director, Lighting Dimensions Studio

Façade lighting is encouraged as a method to subtly highlight and accentuate interesting features in a building’s structural and architectural form as seen from principal vantage points. Contemporary lighting solutions for building façades need to create added value for local authorities or have architectural or economic merit by making a location more beautiful and safer, showing a building off in the right light or getting a positive corporate image across.

Ayurvedic Village, Panvel, Navi Mumbai

People find the nightscapes around them created by illuminated building façades interesting. These façades facilitate orientation, convey messages, communicate emotions and create attention.

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Achieving these demands great aesthetic design sensibility. Nowadays, however, lighting solutions also need to be sustainable, save resources and prevent unnecessary light pollution. The form of façades is determined not only by their material and shape but also by the light and its direction and colour. The appearance of a façade alters during the course of the day due to the changing

Architectural Lighting:  Architectural lighting solutions place emphasis on the architecture, materials and the lighting effect sought after by the architect and building owner.  Architecture is illuminated without altering the character of a building.  Individual façade elements are accentuated and the natural structures of the façade are emphasised.  Bright, vertical surfaces produce a greater sense of security and assist orientation.  An appealing townscape attracts tourists and investors like a magnet.

The Central, Chembur, Mumbai

direction of light and the varying components of diffused and direct light. Different light distributions and the use of lighting control systems give façades an appearance of their own at night. Varying illuminances differentiate components or areas of a façade. There are many non-engineering decisions to be made. Do you want the building to stand out or blend in? Do you want a subtle or ‘in your face’ effect? Which parts of the building are worth highlighting? Do you want colour? Making the building look good is down to aesthetic judgement. Remember, you can save a great deal of energy by highlighting certain parts of a building rather than flooding the whole façade with uniform light. The source for façade lighting should have limited or no visibility on the façade. Lighting should be from concealed lighting fixtures; luminaries should not be directly visible from the sidewalk or street. There are many key factors that are critical to the success of your outdoor lighting job. Proper fixture selection, fixture positioning, and light distribution patterns are among the many factors that should be considered when designing any lighting applications.

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Engineering Behind Architectural Lighting: On approval of lighting design concept and budget from architect/owner of the building, the main chapter begins. There are lots of things which are needed to be co-ordinated with various other agencies as this is completely different exercise. The important things are:  To explain the electrical consultant and electrical contractor to understand the concept.  Providing them with complete information regarding the electrical circuiting for each and every high light element, so that the team can have flexibility of programming or making choice of on/off various light fitting.  For linear LED fittings, provision of drivers to be done at site, in a suitable and accessible location, in IP rated junction boxes.  The live wire termination need to be done with proper IP rated GEL connectors so that no moisture/water enter the electrical joints.  The provision for installation should be such that, in future it will be easy to rectify the defect.  Once the light fittings are installed, the important thing is to properly focus the fitting to get the desired effect as intended in the concept.  The linear fittings are to be properly installed, so that the installation will look even.




The columns at Ayurvedic Village are highlighted with not very powerful, but with a narrow beam light source

More than a resort “Ayurvedic Village” is traditional Kerala residential treatment centre located near Morbe Dam, New Panvel in Navi Mumbai. The structure resembles traditional Kerala style architecture. The entire structure is built with traditional Chira stone (laterite stone), and all the columns and façade walls are of same material.

contractor for wiring and driver location for LED fittings.


And after hard work of two years, we achieved the marvellous effect which was intended on day one.

After studying the drawings, we come up with concept that could illuminate the columns and highlight it with not very powerful but with a narrow beam light source, instead of flooding the complete structure. This made a difference. We came up with rendering scheme and shared the same with client and architect. With only one presentation, the scheme got approved. This was followed by a series of meetings and discussions with electrical consultant and electrical


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In the project, we used more than 450 nos of 3W 10 Degrees 3000K IP65 rated down light with glare control shield. The material finish was same as that of Chira stone.

QUICK FACTS Project: Ayurvedic Village Location: Panvel, Navi Mumbai Client: N.K.Bhupesh Babu Architects: Suresh Babu and Partners Other Consultants: Maars Tech Engineers Pvt Ltd Materials Used for Façade& Fenestration: Laterite stone in original format Commencement Date: 2013 Completion Date: 2015

Fold & Slide Door

Fold & Slide Door Systems - EN62


PASSIVE DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS IN AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT BUILDING About the Author: Swapnil Joshi (Regional Manager) works with the Infrastructure and Green Initiatives team of Infosys in India. He is responsible for driving the sustainability goals in the company with emphasis on energy & water efficiency and waste management along with the carbon offset programmes. Swapnil drives the green certification programme for existing buildings at Infosys and has also been the programme manager for the world’s largest platinum certified existing building campus. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked over various aspects of building sustainability and delivered the highest standards of green. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a post graduate diploma in business management.

Swapnil Joshi Regional ManagerInfrastructure and Green Initiatives, Infosys Ltd.

strategy. However, contemporary office buildings are energy-intensive and increasingly make use of steel, aluminum and glass as primary materials for construction. These resource-intensive materials, their processes and operations require a high level of fossil fuel use. With the total commercial floor space up by almost 75 percent, the average EPI (Energy Performance Index measured in kWh /sq m/year) has tripled (from an avg. EPI of 65 kWh/sq m/year to 200 kWh/sq m/ year) in the last few years. Effective shading can minimise heat gain and glare

Buildings in India were traditionally built with a high thermal mass (brick, stone masonry) and used natural ventilation as their principal ventilation and cooling

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According to UNEP, approximately 80 to 90 percent of the energy a building uses during its entire life cycle is consumed for heating, cooling, lighting, and other appliances. The remaining 10 to 20 percent is consumed during the construction, material manufacturing, and demolition phases

Daylight analysis

Shading and glare analysis

Fig.2. Provide adequate wall and roof insulation to minimise external heat gain. (Second skin and insulated envelope)

Building Envelope Analysis

Fig.1. Using simulation techniques to optimise orientation, envelope and building mass

(United Nations Environment Programme, 2010). It is therefore imperative to aggressively manage building energy efficiency and include a slew of Energy Conversation Measures (ECM’s) as important metrics in the integrated whole building design.


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These ECM’s have to be planned during the design stage to achieve large, but relatively low cost gains. Research and case studies indicate that the envelope ECM’s (wall, window, roof, shading) provide higher savings for buildings over the entire lifecycle, with little or marginal impact on first cost. The design process is fairly simple, though it needs a lot of detailing around including best design practices in the overall design. A few of the approaches are outlined below:  Using simulation techniques to optimise orientation, envelope and building mass: Effects of shading elements (external and selfshading) in order to maximise views and minimise heat gain can be accomplished using simulation techniques. This is an important aspect and gives a clear guideline on the impact of the envelope on the entire building energy consumption over its lifecycle. (Fig. 1)  Decrease envelope heat gain: One of the simplest way to reduce heat gain is to provide for cool roofs and cool paints. Cool roofs reflect heat, and are most effective during the hottest part of the day, the hottest time of year. This coincides with peak energy demand requirements, and therefore help to reduce peak loads. This further helps reduce the sizing requirement for air-conditioning equipment. Cool roofs can save roughly up to seven percent of air-conditioning loads at the top floor. Due care should be taken to avoid glare and

heat reflection onto the neighbouring buildings.  Provide adequate wall and roof insulation to minimise external heat gain: Maintaining air gaps or using insulation materials are probably the most effective ways to decrease heat gain through the walls. The designs can then be further optimised by provisioning green walls or roofs which act as cool surfaces thereby reducing gain. Shading of windows is also highly recommended. (Fig.2)  Optimal fenestration and window-to-wall ratio: Fenestration and window to wall ratio are probably the largest contributors to reducing the overall building heat gain. The most effective strategies are to maximise the north and south exposures while limiting eastwest openings. The wall to window ratio should be kept below 30 percent. Another important aspect is the provisioning of thermal breaks in the framing structure, glazing as they contribute significantly to the overall surface area. The selection of glazing has to be based on a host of design interventions (single or double glazing, visible light transmittance (VLT), SHGC or solar coefficient and U value) that qualify to minimise the heat gain, maximise visibility based on orientation, and optimise cost and performance.  Maximise daylight autonomy without glare: A shallow floor plate with windows on both side, conforming to the right building orientation is the most effective way of maximising daylight autonomy. Due care however has to be taken to reduce glare. This can be accomplished by providing light shelves that help increase the penetration of daylight in the space, thereby reducing glare. Daylight spread can be accomplished by providing intermittent cabins and conference rooms, low partitions and light colours to maximise impact and evenly spread daylight (Fig.3a & b). In order for the buildings to perform efficiently during the entire building lifecycle, it is important that the buildings physical systems (envelope, HVAC, plug loads, lighting and other systems) be integrated with building information technologies. This allows for the utilisation of advanced automation and integration techniques to measure (metering), monitor, control, and optimise operations and maintenance. This also helps integrate disparate systems including HVAC equipment, water meters amongst others to give

critical insights in equipment performance and system diagnostics. Recommended features for an energy efficient and productive building would have  At least 70 percent of office spaces are day lit with access to outside views  Fresh air supplied into buildings to maintain adequate indoor air quality  Thermal comfort measured in real- time to ensure that the office spaces are rightly conditioned for the building occupants  Air quality measured in real-time to ensure adequate levels of indoor air quality in buildings  Volumetric lighting is practised to ensure highest quality of visual comfort to the building occupants, eliminating strain to the eyes  Appropriate acoustic treatment done to provide good acoustic comfort to the occupants Effective analysis and a carefully executed design can go a long way in contributing to the overall energy reduction goal for the building.

Fig.3a & b. Natural daylight spread in offices can be accomplished by providing intermittent cabins

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DE-CODING NFPA 285 About the Author: Mayank Sharma holds a bachelor of technology in mechanical engineering from Kurukshetra University. He has worked with companies like DENSO, Carrier Corporation and as a project engineer at Proleed Engineering Consultants, where he was extensively involved in design and commissioning of MEP systems in various 5-star hotel projects in the UAE and Belarus. With his current role in Knauf Insulation as specification engineer, he is heavily involved in façade system’s study along with developing new fire life & safety compliant systems.

Mayank Sharma Specification Engineer, Knauf Insulation Middle East and India

Typical cladded wall system

In recent decades, the desire for taller structures and with a strive for improved energy efficiency by adding exterior insulation, we sometimes encounter potential conflicts with fire and life safety codes. With

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the popularity of building certification programmes to net-zero energy building initiatives to the active building enclosure movement, expectations continue to increase for building performance,

Rapid Fire Spread Cladding system contributes to flame spread resulting in risk of multiple simulataneous secondary fires.

If the external cladding contributes to the flame spread there is a risk of secondary fire spread to all levels. Flames break out and attack adjacent windows

Initial fire is allowed to develop

Rapid fire spread

facility life, and occupant health and safety. Because two of the most critical aspects of high-performance buildings are air/water tightness and the enclosure’s thermal performance, the necessity of using more insulation, and high-quality air/water barrier and flashing materials, will continue to increase as the industry trends toward highly energy-efficient building envelopes. With time when it was realised that combustible material was being used in large quantities in exposed areas, code officials and manufacturers got together and established codes and policies to protect life safety. In the process, the required testing of wall assemblies paved the way for what was to become the NFPA 285 test. As codes and terminology have become more technical and complex, this lack of understanding of the basics continues to feed an age-old problem. To start with, let’s understand the difference between ‘Reaction to Fire’ and ‘Fire Resistance’.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIRE RESISTANCE AND REACTION TO FIRE Regulation requires the fire performance of construction materials to be considered and in simplistic terms the building components must not contribute to the ignition and spread of a fire, whilst the fabric elements must be resistant to fire in terms of their ability to provide the necessary structural and [fire] separation functions. Designs to achieve these requirements typically call upon two types of fire test data - Reaction to Fire and Fire Resistance. The former describes the combustibility characteristic of building materials, the latter describes the period for which particular construction can resist exposure to a specified fire load, whilst maintaining its form and function. A major difference between buildings built today and those built as recently as 50 years ago is the level of thermal insulation. The thermal benefits of insulation

are well understood, however consideration must be given to the effect of its presence both in terms of the Reaction to Fire characteristics and the impact of high fabric insulation values on structures when involved in a fire. Reaction to Fire classification is now largely based upon the European Standard EN 13501-1 giving European classes, or ‘Euroclasses’ and for most building materials, it is determined from a combination of four tests. There are seven levels of classification from A1 (non-combustible), A2 (limited combustibility), B, C, D, E and F. A1 being the highest performance and F being the lowest. From Reaction to Fire classification, the critical thing to note is that the nature of the testing changes from classes A1 and A2, where the focus is to show that a product is non-combustible, whereas for classes B and below the focus is on the degree of combustibility. Where Reaction to Fire looks at a material’s individual properties, Fire Resistance classification relates to how building elements, including specifically purposed fire protection products, and their installation, can be expected to behave in the event of a fire. Fire protection classifications are commonly reported in terms of a period of fire resistance, for example, 30 minutes. The classifications relate to integrity (E), thermal insulation (I) and load bearing capacity (R) either singly or in combination. In simple terms where a fire occurs, stopping it spreading (E), restricting the temperature rise on the opposing side of the element (I), and maintaining the elements load bearing capacity (R). The test methods are defined in British Standards (BS) which determine the

Reaction to fire: Classification is based upon the European Standard EN 13501-1 giving European classes, or ‘Euroclasses’ and for most building materials it is determined from a combination of four tests.

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Fire Resistance Test

Starting the test NFPA 285

NFPA 285: 20 minutes

NFPA 285: 30 Minutes

NFPA 285:40 Minutes

NFPA -285: After the Test

conditions of the test as well as the preparation of the test element. The classification is carried out according to the BS 476 suite of standards (or BS EN 13501-2) which closely defines how to interpret the test results and arrive at the period of fire protection. Different building elements (purposed for the same application) may include insulation materials with different reaction, to fire characteristics and yet still achieve the same fire resistance classification.

THE PURPOSE OF NFPA 285 NFPA 285 is specified in the International Building Code for determining the flammability characteristics of exterior non-load bearing wall assemblies and panels used as components of curtain wall assemblies, construction using combustible materials, or that incorporate combustible components that are intended to be installed on buildings required to have exterior walls of non-combustible construction. This means that, except for some one-storey buildings, foam plastics cannot be used in these applications unless they are tested to and pass NFPA 285. Expanded polystyrene, extruded polystyrene and polyisocyanurate insulation products classified as foam plastic insulation for exterior applications must pass NFPA 285-2012. In order to be accepted as a code-compliant exterior ‘wall assembly’ two-storey full scale mockups had to be built and tested for flame spread.

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I underline ‘assembly’ because it is important to stress that it is not individual materials that pass, but rather the full make-up of the exterior wall. Fire is a funny thing and it will act differently if the slightest change is made in these assemblies. Switching the order of materials, switching manufacturers (thus switching formulations) or even enlarging an air gap can change the outcome of the testing.

WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE CONSULTANT? Façade consultants in this case find themselves in a difficult position, as they are aware of the code language. They must say something about the noncomplying situations. Often, however, the architect doesn’t want to hear that his wall does not meet the code. First, it makes the architect look bad, as he or she should have known about the code, and, second, it is likely to disrupt the project schedule and budget—sacrilege in the best of circumstances. Finally, it is often hard to convince an architect that anything is amiss if the plans examiner is not even aware of the problem. One of the reasons the issue has not received more attention is probably because of the lack of actual, centralised, documentable problems resulting from the use of foam plastic insulation in the exterior wall system. With more and more buildings being built with untested foam plastic insulation assemblies, the possibility of real damage from fire constantly grows. And, as with most code issues,

the architect is ultimately responsible. The code official, while charged with enforcement, has no legal liability. It does not matter if the issue was completely ignored in the plan check. The reality is that the architect (and the general contractor for that matter) is responsible for designing and constructing a building according to the code. Architects are constantly working with increasingly tighter fees and schedules on ever more complex projects. Continuous insulation is a good example of greater complexity. The building enclosure gets more complex as continuous insulation causes the cladding to be farther offset from the sheathing. Thermal bridging adds to the difficulty of designing a cladding attachment system that must span the insulation, minimise heat transfer and structurally support the cladding. If foam plastic insulation is used, details around openings must be carefully designed to proven standards that have passed NFPA 285. Mineral wool insulation is an alternate to foam plastic. It eliminates the need for fire testing all together. In order to meet the requirements for using foam plastics in a wall system, the assembly must pass NFPA 285. The individual materials are not being tested as much as the entire assembly, including installation. Once an assembly has passed (at a cost of AED 1,50,000), any substitution of sheathing, weather barrier, insulation, cladding, etc., requires another test or, at least, an engineering judgment. Whereas an Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS) systems are typically furnished by a single manufacturer. This simplifies the problems encountered in meeting NFPA285. An EIFS manufacturer can design a system that passes the test and then can supply every material in the assembly to ensure that it is built to code. On the other hand, cavity walls are normally an assembly of separate parts put together by separate trades. In order to keep costs competitive, the desire is to provide performance specifications for as many of the materials in an assembly as possible. Strict adherence to the make and model of each component in a tested assembly removes much of the latitude that allows for the development of performance-based specifications rather than identifying proprietary wall assemblies that discourage competitive bidding. Architects need to be able to design wall systems with a reasonable amount of flexibility and confidence while meeting

or exceeding the minimum code requirements. One solution for adding flexibility to the specification process is to move toward a list of approved assemblies (such as an Underwriters Laboratories or Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants list) in order to encourage competitive bidding. This would allow the architect to specify performance rather than product. Further education, discussion and review are necessary to attain reasonable, economical solutions to our enclosure challenges while remaining sensitive to life safety issues.

HOW DOES NFPA 285 AFFECT THE WORK OF GENERAL CONTRACTORS? A contactor’s prospective on the code is heavily influenced by how it affects their ability to successfully deliver work to their clients. Changes to the code that affect the three constraints of project delivery (cost, schedule and quality) must NFPA 285 Fire Test Parameters

No flame propagation in second floor room

Inside wall assembly, thermocouples shall not exceed 1000˚F during the 35-minute test.

Externally, flames shall not reach 10 feet above the window’s top. Externally, flames shall not reach 5 feet laterally from the window’s centerling.

Reaction to Fire Test -EN ISO 1182

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be fully understood by the design and construction team in order to plan for and/or mitigate the impact of those changes. NFPA 285 is an assembly test, not a component test. As such, the entire assembly, with each specified material, is required to create a compliant assembly. This means that neither the designer, general contractor nor subcontractors can substitute materials into this assembly—to do so would render it non-compliant. Each assembly tested according to NFPA 285 is therefore a proprietary assembly. Proprietary assemblies lock contractors into specific materials, often requiring installation by a select few installers. This is a clear advantage for those installers and their price reflects the fact that competition has been greatly reduced by the use of proprietary assemblies. Generic assemblies tend to allow the contractor and subcontractors to bring value to the table and help to create competitive bidding. In our current economic climate, being cost competitive is essential to landing the job, so they must look for options to meet the increasing demands for energy efficient assemblies. Using mineral wool in lieu of foam plastic insulation is one option currently considered by most of the companies involved in the design and consulting industries. Mineral wool insulation has been used extensively in Europe and Canada for some time and is often used throughout the United States for firesafing and other interior uses.

Typical External Wall Insulation

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There are clear cost implications to the inclusion of foam plastic insulation in exterior assemblies. They include not only the cost of the insulation itself, but also additional materials and detailing around openings to allow cladding to return to doors and windows. There is a schedule implication in that exterior insulation is another layer to be added to the building envelope, a layer that must be well-detailed to be most effective, requiring more attention to detail (and therefore time) than installing traditional non-combustible insulation.

INCORPORATING PRETESTED ASSEMBLIES INTO THE DESIGN Best practices for designing efficient, highperforming exterior wall systems include continuous insulation and various barriers to meet energy code requirements, reduce thermal bridging and provide resistance to water penetration and excessive air infiltration and vapour migration. However, the designer is challenged to find a passing NFPA 285 test assembly that incorporates all of the components and features of these highperforming wall systems. The following should be considered when selecting components and designing the details of exterior walls that require testing to NFPA 285: Foam Plastic Insulation: Several foam plastic insulation products have been tested as part of wall

assemblies that have passed the NFPA 285 test. However, designers specifying such products need to be aware of the specific details of the tested assembly and thus the limitations of the test report. For example, the thickness of the foam plastic used in the test is a maximum; designers wanting to use a greater amount would have to retest or otherwise justify the increase. Designers also need to be aware of the type of air, vapour and/or water-resistive barriers included in the test. Non-Combustible Mineral Wool Insulation: This is an alternative to foam plastic insulation that does not trigger the NFPA 285 testing requirement (unless another combustible material is included in the wall assembly). Combustible Cladding Materials: Several combustible cladding materials have passed the NFPA 285 test. However, designers should be aware of the limitations of the given test assembly. For example, combustible cladding materials are often tested only with a non-combustible insulation and without an air, vapour and/or water-resistive barrier. Therefore, designers wanting to include combustible insulation and/or an air, vapour and/ or water-resistive barrier need to verify that these components are included in an existing test assembly, or pursue new testing (and incurred project costs) or other justification for including these components.

Window Head Detail: Many successfully tested NFPA 285 wall assemblies include a firestop at the window head, such as mineral wool or structural steel. These details, as tested, can be difficult to incorporate into exterior wall designs. The following should be considered when incorporating such firestop details into the design:  The continuity of the air, vapour and waterresistive barriers from the field of wall to the window  Potential for thermal bridging with steel stops  Drainage of water from the wall cavity.  Durability of materials

CONCLUSIONS Exterior wall system designs have evolved to provide reliable, weather resistant and energy-efficient performance. However, many configurations of these building enclosure assemblies have not been tested successfully to the NFPA 285 standard, a code requirement in many types of non-combustible construction. To remain code-compliant, designers must either conform to the products and details of successfully tested systems, use non-combustible alternatives (when available). Designers must also recognise the impact of these material combinations on other important performance criteria of the building enclosure. Due to the limited number of successfully tested assemblies and the cost for additional testing, the designer’s ability to develop effective, efficient and innovative wall systems and details is currently hindered. Compliance with NFPA 285 does not mitigate the need for engineering fire hazard and fire risk assessments. Architects, designers and specifiers need to be cognizant of the dangers associated with the presence of combustible materials in building assemblies. The performance of exterior walls during fire exposure is a critical element of building construction. Steel, concrete, masonry, gypsum and mineral wool are the materials of choice when fire performance and the presence of combustible materials within the building envelope are of concern.

Typical wall cladding system


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ALUDECOR LAUNCHES THREE NEW PRODUCTS maintenance.”, asserted Aludecor CMD Ashok Kumar Bhaiya. “The young design & application team of Aludecor has developed something that’s in vogue in the West, and now our country too can have equally marvellous ACP facades,” he adds.

The three systems: the Pressure-Equalised Rainscreen System (PER), Hanging Rainscreen Systems (HR) and Male Female Rainscreen System (MFR)

Aludecor launched a path breaking technology by the name of Aludecor Systems which can redefine the aluminium composite panel facades in India at the recently concluded Acetech, Delhi. With the new systems, there is no need to use silicone sealant to fill the grooves of a typical ACP façade.

In the Pressure Equalized System (PER), ACP strips are used in the grooves of the façade thus enabling to achieve the same colour across the grooves through the façade. Hanging and Male Female Rainscreen systems provide thermal insulation, thus leading to conservation of energy. Besides systems and the myriads of innovative product finishes, architects have also been wowed by the eye opening 3D displays.

Aludecor Systems is a framework and accessories set-up that ensures low or zero maintenance. Architects need not worry about the leaks and stains due to the use of silicone, which usually kills the look of the facade. These systems provide ventilated façades which ensures comfort of the residents and brings down electricity bills too. They also enhances and takes the aesthetics of buildings several notches higher. The systems facilitate rain screen cladding. Rainscreen cladding provides an exterior surface “a cladding layer” that reduces the force of wind-driven water movement, preventing it from getting into small breaches in the surface of a building. There are three systems: the Pressure-Equalised Rainscreen System (PER), Hanging Rainscreen Systems (HR) and Male Female Rainscreen System (MFR). “Although the initial cost of installing ACP with the help of these systems is a little higher, it is cost effective in the long run since it requires negligible


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The eye-opening 3D walls left architects wowed

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WIND ENGINEERING & RAIN INFILTRATION MANAGEMENT About the Author: Suresh Kumar is a recognised leader in the field of wind engineering who serves as Managing Director of RWDI operations in India. Clients in India and across South Asia benefit from Suresh’s technical expertise, his skilled team of over 30 engineers and staff, and the testing capabilities of his group’s boundary layer wind tunnel testing. Suresh is also a notable thought leader in his field with an extensive history of publishing, lectures and research. Rahul P S is a specialist in wind engineering and has been part of the RWDI team for more than seven years. He holds a master’s degree in wind engineering from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and has worked on numerous structures around the world solving wind-related issues.

Map showing average onset (monsoon arrival) dates and wind directions prevalent during India’s southwest summer monsoon

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K. Suresh Kumar, Principal/Senior Consultant Rahul P.S., Specialist, Wind Engineering RWDI Consulting Engineers (India) Pvt. Ltd.

One of the primary purposes of a building is to protect the inhabitants, contents and the structure itself from the harmful effects of extreme weather and to keep them comfortable during more typical conditions. On the subcontinent of India, where the range of climatic conditions includes some of the most extreme climates in the world, this is no small challenge. For example, some northern areas near the Himalayas have a temperate and even alpine climate, whereas north-western parts of India have an arid hot desert climate. Beyond that, however, much of India’s coastal areas can be classified as tropical wet or tropical wet-dry (monsoon) climate. In addition, the Bay of Bengal, to India’s east, regularly spawns a half dozen or more cyclones per year—the equivalent of hurricane season in the Western Hemisphere’s Caribbean Ocean— typically delivering high winds and heavy rainfall. Thus, structures in many areas of India must be designed to accommodate extreme wind, rain, and the combination thereof. For example, this weather phenomenon is especially important to consider in

determination of the actual conditions the building will experience. Specialists in wind engineering are familiar with how differently the wind can affect different parts of the building, depending on location, building geometry, and nearby structures or natural features. These variations figure into structural loads and cladding loads, but adding rain to the mix further complicates the selection process. Wind can drive the rain into openings or exposed areas in sometimes unexpected ways, and architectural features may make rainwater problems even worse.

Modelling windblown rain using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) illustrates the “downwash effect” common to many tall buildings that causes accelerated winds at ground level, including rain infiltration into covered areas

India’s humid northeast and southern parts of India, where 180 days of rainfall can be expected in a year, but less so in its arid regions. Such heavy rainfall can be particularly difficult to accommodate in areas where people expect to be protected. Public areas that have been designed to maintain comfort through overhead coverage combined with ventilation, such as covered malls or building entrances, can be compromised when rain is accompanied by thunderstorms and squalls generating sudden gusty winds. Patrons can get wet, and annoyed; floors can become dangerously slippery; and finishes and electrical circuitry can be exposed to water. In India, this tends to occur during the south-west monsoon, predictably from June through September but also is not uncommon in the pre- and post-monsoon seasons. In addition, tropical cyclones that occur each year are the source of the most extreme type of weather phenomena where both heavy rain and winds occur. India’s eastern coastal areas are especially prone to regularly experiencing such weather phenomena.

Consulting with an engineer or firm that specialises in the effects of wind and rain can help avoid future problems, especially those brought about by windblown rain. Typical problem areas include infiltration into areas where people expect to be sheltered and flooding leading to adverse effects on drainage systems, rainwater harvesting systems, and equipment such as exposed elevators in locations that designers anticipated would be sheltered from the rain. Based on an analysis of the local climate, smart adjustments to a building’s orientation, openings, and use of elements such as louvers and wind deflectors often can save both capital costs and operating costs associated with managing rain and its effects.

HOW WIND ENGINEERS HELP DEVELOP SOLUTIONS The critical element that allows engineers to specify or design an effective building envelope is a

The risk of rain infiltration can be estimated based on the climate analysis, building massing, and the physics of droplet trajectories

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Based on the annual driving rain indexes (AADRI) data about the prevailing wind directions and durations of rain events, stations in Maharashtra are classified as having severe exposure

An experienced wind engineer can show you where the rain will go, how often it will go there, and how to make it go somewhere else.

BEGIN WITH A SITE EVALUATION A project typically begins with an analysis of wind and rain patterns at the site. Although there are great variations in climate on the Indian subcontinent, as previously noted, there also is a great deal of historical weather data available. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has compiled data from a uniform network of more than 1,400 weather stations, analysing rainfall trends and variability between 1901 and 2003, which provides an excellent starting point for analysis. In addition, in 2002 researchers

Plan view, rain with a NW wind showing slightly infiltration (north is at the top of the image)

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published average annual driving rain indexes (AADRI) that they had developed for 350 stations spread all across India. The data also can be used as good input by wind engineers who are analysing the façade system suitability or planning wind tunnel tests by which to do so. As an aside, based on the calculated AADRI values, about 75 percent of the 350 stations throughout India were designated as shielded sites, the lowest rating on the researchers’ four-step scale. Only a few stations in Maharashtra and Meghalaya were classified as having severe exposure, the highest rating. Several coastal areas, a few hilly regions, and some regions in northeast India were rated as having moderate or high exposure. Overall, this reinforces

Plan view, rain with a NNE wind showing little infiltration

Plan view, mist with a NW wind showing substantially more infiltration, but with mitigation devices in place (small blue lines)

the importance of beginning with a site analysis when investigating the likely effect of wind driven rain on a building. The next step would be to combine the rainfall and AADRI data with information about the prevailing wind directions and speeds along with actual frequencies, intensities and durations of rain events— both typical and extreme. At that point, the risk of rain infiltration can be estimated based on the climate analysis, building massing, and the physics of droplet trajectories.

FURTHER MODELLING, AS INDICATED When it appears that rain penetration could be a problem, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model can then be made to understand what is taking place and why. By including the site and surrounding environment in the CFD model, the wind direction(s) and speed(s) can be simulated while also accounting for the effects of terrain and other structures in the area. The model can also be used to evaluate proposed mitigation measures. If other CFD models of the area exist, such as from other nearby projects, they can sometimes be appended to the new model to take advantage of all available data. The rain itself is simulated as individual moving particles. Starting with a cloud of spherical averagesized raindrop particles, the model can track each particle as it moves through the simulation, accounting for the effects of gravity, drag, and the air flow due to the influence of flow patterns generated

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Plan view, rain with a NE wind showing mitigation devices in place and little infiltration

by the structures in the model. By making the droplet diameters larger or smaller, different types of rain events can be simulated—for example an intense thunderstorm versus a cyclone—within the model. By looking at the distribution of particles on surfaces, the relative wetness of those surfaces can be determined, providing valuable information to those specifying or designing architectural solutions. As a senior wind engineering consultant with RWDI, I lead a team of more than 30 highly experienced wind engineers on projects in India and around the world. Our completed projects include supertall towers, long-span bridges, airport, and stadia in all types of climates, many of which have involved boundary layer wind tunnel testing as well as CFD analysis. Regardless of the challenge, we have consistently expanded the limits of what is possible. CFD analysis allows the wind engineer to tune building response and the performance of components, such as the façade, by rotating the model with respect to prevailing or peak winds. In the case of India’s south-west and north-east monsoons, this can help the design team select an optimised building orientation for new structures. Similarly, modifications proposed to an existing building for mitigation of windblown rain problems can be evaluated and quite possibly improved prior to undertaking the cost of installation and possible disappointment in performance.



WE OFFER THE WORLD’S THINNEST PORCELAIN SLABS Use of imported marble has increased over the past 20 years and the growth of the industry has been phenomenal. It has become one of the most preferred materials for housing, hospitality or commercial projects. As far as engineered stones are concerned, it is still a new product. Recognised as connoisseur of natural stones, Classic Marble Company (CMC) has revolutionised the marble industry to craft spaces. Armed with a global network across 40 countries, they have achieved a reputation for customising products under one roof for varied client needs and industry demands. CMC has paved the path to set trends with a focus on evolving customer preferences, market demands and advanced technologies to manufacture world-class products. In his exclusive interview with Window and Façade Magazine (WFM), Amit Shah, Managing Director, Classic Marble Company Pvt Ltd, talks about his company’s journey over the past two decades, their expertise in the natural stone industry, world-class technology featured at their factories in Silvasa and their future plans.

Amit Shah Managing Director, Classic Marble Company Pvt. Ltd.

 WFM: When did you start

the business in India and briefly tell us about your journey since then?

Factory of Classic Marble Company at Silvasa

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Amit Shah (AS): Classic Marble Company (CMC) commenced operations in the year 1994 and has worked its way to become India’s largest agglomerate stone manufacturing company – manufacturing composite marble and quartz and a distinguished leader in natural marble and granite. Today, it also offers the world’s thinnest porcelain slabs to the Indian market.

The factory produces 25 million Sq ft of composite marble and 5 million Sq ft of quartz per annum

CMC first ventured into the natural stones market beginning with imported marble. Back then India’s exposure to marble was mostly limited to the homegrown Makrana, which is extremely popular even today among other lesser known varieties. During this time, CMC experimented with the market with limited offerings in the imported marble and quickly realised the potential it held with the demand pouring in. We gradually started sourcing in bulk blocks of imported raw natural stone and set up a processing plant which today manufactures 30 million Sq ft of marble, limestone, among others per annum. Today, CMC offers over 500 products in natural stones alone and boasts of the biggest product portfolio of natural stones in the country.

market, CMC recently added a state-of-the-art quartz production line. This modern plant produces veined quartz products and the designs are inspired by the vein patterns endemic to natural marble like Staturio, Venatino, and Crema Marfil. The KalingaStone plant is built on 2 lac sq m of land and is fully automated with minimum human intervention. Today, KalingaStone is exported to over 53 countries across 6 continents and has been awarded the “Indian Power Brand” in the marble and stone category.

 WFM: Tell us about the launch of your flagship brand KalingaStone and CMC’s growth in the recent past?

AS: A decade and half later, in 2009, CMC introduced a revolutionary product by launching KalingaStone. The flagship brand created a paradigm in the surfaces segment by offering engineered stones to the Indian market. The new product offered consistency, availability, versatility, ease of maintenance and economical while maintaining the aesthetics. In August 2009, the company commissioned a manufacturing facility in the Silvassa plant for producing composite marble and quartz. Today, the factory produces 25 million Sq ft of composite marble and 5 million Sq ft of quartz per annum. Due to increasing demand in international and domestic

The automated plant is fully integrated with state-of-theart robotic systems and quality control

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External view of the KalingaStone factory

In addition to the above, the company has entered into an exclusive partnership with international tiles majors, Levantina (Spain) and Iris (Italy) for marketing the world’s finest porcelain designs Techlam and Iris respectively, in India. These slim, large size porcelain slabs are versatile products and can be installed for a wide range of applications.  WFM: Could you please talk about the present Indian market for construction, cladding materials, as well as for your own products? How has it changed compared to the 20th century?

and infusion of advanced world class machinery and technology now at disposal, the construction industry has jumped leaps and bounds and is still improving every day. The demand for better quality, highly sustainable and durable, aesthetically appealing products not barring the justified cost, is on the rise. This has led to manufacturers pushing the envelope with sizes, thickness, finishes and designs, complimenting architects’ creations for technically superior and aesthetically beautiful products.

AS: Even with the recent slump in the construction industry, the long term forecast of the construction industry looks very promising. With the need to give maintenance free façade solutions, developers are shifting focus from paint as an option to products which are guaranteed to remain durable and last for longer. This has put CMC with its vast product offerings in cladding in a commanding position. Our engineered marble products under KalingaStone and the slim tiles range in Techlam possess the technical attributes, ease of handling and aesthetic appeal essential for the new age cladding requirements. These products fulfil all the requisites required to make ideal façade applications. Over the last 15 years, cladding has evolved and its evolution is directly connected to the progress in the construction industry. With the high-rises towering above the clouds, with demand for sophistication

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KalingaStone stockyard

Stockyard of Classic Marble Company

 WFM: Could you please tell us more about your facilities for both production as well as training?

AS: CMC’s production and training facility is located in Silvassa, the capital of the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The 500,000 Sq m facility houses four separate processing plants for natural stone, engineered marble and quartz. The company’s plant has a massive stockyard that can stock up to 30,000 metric tonnes of raw blocks and 500,000 Sq m of finished marble. The processing plants for KalingaStone have a production capacity of 25 million Sq ft of composite marble and 5 million Sq ft of quartz per annum. The automated plant is fully integrated with stateof-the-art robotic systems and quality control. The equipment and machinery are the latest and the best. Our marble polishing machines from Semic, Italy impart over 90 per cent glossiness to marble slabs. The quartz finish line machines impart 75 per cent more gloss to the quartz slabs as compared to the average finish quality available in the market.  WFM: Tell us about your newly launched products

for building façades? AS: CMC’s KalingaStone marble is a preferred façade material in premium, high-rise structures across the world. Our head office in Mumbai is a great example of a building façade with engineered marble. The

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The state-of-the-art polishing machine at the plant

marble clad façade protects the structure from the heat and helps significantly in cutting off the noise from outside. There are two methods of installation viz. wet or dry cladding. While wet cladding is used for heights of up to 20 feet, dry cladding is preferred for higher façade installations. Typically for façade installations, irrespective of the variety of the chosen marble and its colour, there are two kinds of finishes given to it. The semi rough finish being the more preferred one, is known as the ‘Silken finish’ and the rougher finish is known as ‘Distress finish’. For cleaning its surface, only mild detergents, i.e., a neutral pH cleaner should be used and regular cleaning should be done with a soft dry brush or cloth. Engineered marble façades have a long life span and if installed properly, will last without any issues.  WFM: What are the key aspects to be considered

when choosing a cladding material? AS: Cladding is essentially an external component enveloping the primary structure of a building as an external surface. Cladding serves many purposes including creating a controlled internal environment, protecting the building from external conditions, preventing the transmission of sound and for providing thermal insulation, among other things. Some of the key aspects to be taken into consideration while selecting the cladding material

are anticipated lifespan of the building, external and internal conditions of the building, climatic conditions, structural requirements, budget and appearance.  WFM: What are the advantages of using CMC

products for exterior cladding? How does the product help in improving the aesthetics of the building? AS: Our engineered marble is less porous, more flexible and harder as compared to other materials, which make it more resistant to mildew and growth of algae, even when applied in exteriors. Bound by resins, these slabs can endure flexural pressure and prevent cracking, making it ideal for installation in façade applications. Due to its high aesthetic value, engineered marble is used in cladding of façades in residential as well as in commercial spaces. With advancement in technology, the stone can now be custom-made in desired colours, sizes, patterns and textures. Cladding with engineered marble can be applied to any kind of structures whether contemporary or traditional. Besides, the KalingaStone marble material allows technical innovation which is otherwise difficult to achieve in façade materials. The material could be made thinner

without losing its stability, to make it translucent or create innovative designs in external façades. WFM: People look for eco-friendly, energy conserving buildings these days. How are you contributing to the green building initiatives in the building industry?

AS: As explained earlier, the marble clad façade protects the structure from the heat and helps significantly in cutting off the noise from outside. In India, one of the biggest energy consumption for buildings is its HVAC. Cladding structures with our products can ensure the both - significant reduction in the HVAC costs while reducing the carbon footprint. The marble used for cladding can be made opaque with a set degree of opaqueness which is suited to a given environment. This ensures that the building receives sufficient light while cutting off external noise and air pollution. Other than this, the material itself is recyclable which makes CMC’s marble façade products eco-friendly.  WFM: Can you talk about some of your recent

projects? AS: Façade installations at Zee Telefilms Office in New Delhi, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation

Back-lit façade - Classic Marble Company office in Bhandup (Mumbai)

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Headquarters building designed by Architects Hiten Sethi & Associates, Ganesh Housing Project at Ahmedabad, etc., are our finest façade projects.  WFM: What are the quality control procedures

which you follow for your products? How do you ensure right installation? AS: We share the best installation practices with builders and contractors associated with us and create quality awareness. Earlier for cladding, the Indian market was dominated by tiles however gradually over time we have raised awareness about the stone category including marble and granite and built a foundation for their acceptance in cladding. Today, there is no dearth of options for external cladding including paints, ACP, glass and stone, among others. With advancement in technology the newer products are of far superior quality and safety features like A Class fire resistance, and of course aesthetic value. We share technical assistance and supervision to ensure the right installation.  WFM: Do you think that the latest implementation of RERA would help the quality control and builders will go for quality and brands under the organised sector?

Surat Mall cladded with Techlam

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Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation Headquarters: KalingaStone Marble facade (courtesy architect Hiten Sethi)

AS: Yes, with RERA developers have greater responsibility of supplying quality material as promised to the buyer in their literature/brochure. RERA also makes them responsible for adherence to all the specifications listed out in deliverables. To match the quality and the delivery schedules, builders require a reliable and stable vendor who is quality compliant. CMC is a quality conscious company and

A bunglow in Chennai cladded with Techlam

hence the implementation of RERA works in our favour.  WFM: According to you, what is the impact of GST

on the sector?

A bunglow in Surat cladded with Techlam

between the organised and unorganised sectors and facilitating seamless inter-state flow of goods, which is expected to directly accelerate demand. Harmonisation of state and central tax administration will reduce the compliance cost.

AS: The recent decision made by the GST Council to reduce the GST rate on marble and granite to 18 per cent from 28 per cent is really encouraging for the sector. Goods used in building material are high expense commodities and get passed on to the customer which ultimately makes the end product expensive for them. Especially in light of a weak real estate market, the reduction in GST rate is definitely good news for the end consumer. Also the GST will ensure uniformity in taxation for all the players in the sector. This creates a level playing field for marble manufacturers as prices will remain competitive as compared to other available surface materials and the consumer will have a choice based on quality, material and not just prices.

 WFM: Tell us about your programmes and

The previous tax regime included the various indirect taxes in the form of excise duty, customs, value added tax, service tax, octroi, purchase tax, luxury tax, cess, etc. There was the cascading effect of taxes at each stage of purchase or process or service. Dealers, distributors, or retailers were subject to taxes on their input side, some of which did not receive credit. This led to an increase in the cost of goods, ultimately affecting the competitiveness of Indian manufactured goods vis-à-vis imports. With GST, India has become one market leading to the reduction of the price gap

We are targeting 15 exclusive tie-ups with quarries for marketing natural stone in India. Other than this, we also plan to diversify our range of products by adding new variants to the existing category of slim slabs.

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investment plans for the near future? AS: The company has recently completed its CapEx investment plans and is self-reliant in infrastructure. CMC can easily accommodate an additional 40 per cent growth in production and sales.  WFM: Where do you see your company by 2025?

CMC plans to set up 20 showrooms showcasing its entire collection of natural marble, granite, onyx, travertine, and its vast engineered marble and quartz portfolio of KalingaStone and slim tile collection of Techlam and IRIS.



THE PORCELAIN FAÇADE Darvesh Royale, Mumbai

Dharvesh Group building cladded with CMC’s Techlam

Darvesh Royale designed by Ar. Reza Kabul (ARK Reza Kabul Architects) is a luxurious 16 storey tower nestled in Bandra, one of the prime suburbs of Mumbai. Offering 3 BHK, 4 BHK and penthouses, the tower is a premium project by Darvesh Group for those who demand the finer things in life.

easy maintenance as compared to recurring exterior paint jobs, these porcelain slabs are a onetime solution. They offer scratch and stain resistance as well as ultra-violet and fire resistance.

One of the key features of the tower is its exterior façade. Unlike conventional facades, the tower uses GRC on the podium level for curvature and the exterior is fit with porcelain slabs. The dry-cladding porcelain slabs used for the façade at Darvesh Royale are Techlam by Classic Marble Company. Available in various colours and textures, we chose the Hydra Brown to punctuate the otherwise white exterior of the residential tower. These 1m x 3m (3mm thickness) porcelain slabs are light weight and can be used even on curved surfaces. They offer

QUICK FACTS Project: Darvesh Royale Location: Bandra West, Mumbai Client: Darvesh Group Architect: ARK Reza Kabul Architects Principal architect: Ar. Reza Kabul, President, Materials used for facade & fenestration: CMC’s Techlam+ Plaster + Color Commencement Date: 2011 Completion Date: 2015

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The collecter Office, Pune by Sunil Patil & Associates

Buildings, as the largest users of energy, are also our greatest opportunity for energy conservation and protection of the environment. The rapidly growing energy needs have raised global concerns over continued depletion of energy resources and their negative impact on the environment. The façade is one of the most significant contributors to the energy conservation and comfort parameters of any building. Strategies and technologies that allow us to maintain our satisfaction with the interior environment while consuming fewer of the resources have always been the major objectives for contemporary façade design. A well designed façade can effectively control the physical environmental factors such as heat, light and sound, thus improve the occupant comfort within a building. The location and climate are crucial factors in selecting appropriate façade materials and deciding on the design strategies for sustainable facades. The cover story of this edition focuses on the various approaches for designing sustainable facades for the future, which are high performing, comfortable, safe, at the same time aesthetic. It also discusses emerging façade technologies, and advanced, smart materials for facades, describing their properties and applications. Architecture is a great responsibility to strike the right balance between human aspirations and our ecosystem, says Ar. Sunil Patil, Founder, Sunil Patil & Associates. Today, the growing aspirations

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of the mankind and the random use of the natural resources of the earth has posed a great threat not only to the environment but also to the planet itself. Hence any development on the earth has to be

Ar. Sunil Patil, Founder, Sunil Patil & Associates

Kirtisagar Bollar, Associate Architect, Architect Hafeez Contractor

carried out cautiously. Environmental sustainability is of paramount importance. Eco-friendly and sustainable architecture is not a fashionable design concept anymore, but it is the only way to deal with architecture today. The architectural façade, an inevitable part of any building, has long been a compelling focus of interest for building physicists and designers combining attributes of both appearance and performance in a holistic manner. Façades, as building envelope, form the outer skins of buildings as a projected image and creative intent. Increasingly, they are also understood as important environmental moderators. A thoughtfully designed skin can make a new building work more effectively for its owners, occupants and environment. It can also transform the performance of an existing building.

Ninad Tipnis, Founder & Principal Architect, JTCPL Designs

Rishi Raj Khare, Principal Architect, Inspire Design

Façade today has evolved from a skin around the building to an element which needs to have a soul, a purpose and a reason to be there, observes Kirtisagar Bollar, Associate Architect, Architect Hafeez Contractor. Today projects demand a significantly larger chunk of design and planning around facades. It is a common knowledge in the industry, observes Ninad Tipnis, Founder & Principal Architect, JTCPL Designs, that the facade of any structure is often considered the most important aspect from a design POV, as it lays the groundwork for the rest of the building. As far as the engineering front goes, the facade is also of great importance due to its environmental impact. Rishi Raj Khare, Principal Architect, Inspire Design, notes that novel facade technologies, showcasing

Adani ‘INSPIRE BKC’ by Architect Hafeez Contractor

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Hiten Sethi, Founder and Principal Designer of Hiten Sethi Associates

Ashish K Jain, Partner- AEON Integrated Building Design Consultant

new patterns and designs which are more visual, are evolving constantly in order to create greener healthier eco-friendly places for users. He adds that the builder’s expectations are sky rocketing and designers is a very challenging job. According to him, the target of the designer has always been to deliver more scalable designs with commercial appeal, at the same they should be cost effective and perceived as an investment. Ar. Hiten Sethi, Founder and Principal Designer of Hiten Sethi Associates (HSA) adds that the whole building performance approach should be used towards achieving the efficiency in order to find the most cost effective solution. The envelope of a building is a very critical component for evaluating the efficiency and lifecycle of the building. Façade has an impact on the interior spaces as well as on external neighbourhood. Technology has gradually emerged in recent decade, driven largely by the pursuit of transparency in the building façade among international building designers, says Ashish K Jain, Partner, AEON Integrated Building Design Consultant LLP. The façade is also the focal point of energy efficiency in a building design because it works as the first frontier to face the intense heat and a major source of heat ingress into the buildings. As an enclosing building component, it connects or separates the interior and the exterior. All components of the building façade, therefore, need to work together to regulate the indoor environment, responding to heating, cooling, ventilation, and natural lighting needs. It must balance requirements for ventilation and daylight while providing thermal protection appropriate to the local climatic conditions. The optimally designed building façade is an important

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Hans Brouwer, Founder, HB Design

Amit Bhat, Principal Architect, AB Architects

factor not only for achieving the energy efficiency, but also the human comfort for which the buildings are actually designed. Agreeing to this, Ar. Bollar adds that the design community today has moved ahead from creating fancy looking non-functional facades to more climate and context responsive ones which are much more sensitive than it has even been. The main challenge with building performance in the tropical and subtropical environments is how to minimise heat gain, observes Hans Brouwer, Founder, HB Design. According to Amit Bhat (Principal Architect, AB Architects), “Efficient, Adaptive & Scalable” these are the terms which

VVIP Circuit House by Sunil Patil, Sunil Patil Associates

focused on conserving energy, improving aesthetics while enhancing comfort. A building façade can have both positive and negative effects on work performance, adds Ashish K Jain. Negative effects are associated with discomforts, distractions or health risks that interfere with peoples’ ability to do their work, whereas positive impacts are associated with enhancing work performance, psychosocial well-being, and health to enhance the overall performance.

Design for ONGC by Architect Hafeez Contractor

will define the future of facade systems in India. For gaining maximum benefits of natural resources with maintaining comfort of user inside a building, facade and fenestration will always play an important role. The façade design is transiting from staid static to responsive dynamic, remarks Indrajit Kembhavi, Principal Architect, Kembhavi Architects. Cutting edge technological advancement is leading to the generation of façade design that is responsive to environment changing dynamically with weather and seasons, aligning with nature, nurturing a green ambient environment and is constantly evolving. In addition to being sustainable, these emerging technologies are instruments of visual drama that is again non constant, but presenting it differently creating a play in the skyline, he adds.

Let’s have a look at the parameters for responsible and effective facades:

DESIGN AND ENGINEERING Most of the times facades we see are output by placing some components externally, after designing the whole building. According to Amit Bhat, whatever type of building we may design, envelope of these should be a product of consideration of climate, function, surroundings and most importantly planning aspects of that building. “Climate Responsive Architecture” is the key to achieve sustainable architecture, points out Ar. Patil. It has been proven for decades in our traditional

Like Kembhavi, Gautam Bhasin, Regional Manager – Inhabit Group, India says that technology for the last few generations of building facades has been

Indrajit Kembhavi, Managing Partner, Kembhavi Architects


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Gautam Bhasin, Regional Manager – Inhabit Group, India

A project for KBS Creations by JTCPL Designs

“NEXT DECADE WILL SEE DYNAMIC FACADES & DYNAMICALLY CHANGING GLASS” What are your thoughts on future facade and fenestration- designs, technologies and materials? If we study the history carefully, it is evident that the structural frame and the building envelope had a design, technological and material synchronisation. The façade methodology has always been remained complimentary to the structural systems along with other factors like climate and aesthetical preferences. With the inception of framed structures precast and prefabricated facades came into the picture. The same factors are going to define the future facades. Earth’s climate, Ar. Vivek Bhole, health and safety, lifestyle and rapid urbanisation will result into super tall and Chairman & Managing Director, Vivek Bhole smart buildings. The buildings will have complex but efficient structural systems Architects Pvt. Ltd. like diagrids, exo-skeleton, space trusses, etc. and façades would follow the process. The material choice and the combination would derive creative character of the facades. Steel, aluminium, zinc, tile, stone, extruded resin, ETFE and so on, the list is endless. What are the expected evolutions in façade technologies and materials? In the last century, all the major experiments in building envelopes were focused on aesthetics and environmental protection. The further evolution should not just make the facades protect and project, but they should think, behave and perform. Façades need not just envelope the buildings, but they should simultaneously participate in the structural systems as well. The selection of material and technology should make the building environmentally responsive. How do you envision the facades of 2025? I believe that, by 2025 we will witness multiple options and experiments in automated or electronically controlled dynamic facades and its properties changing glass for improved energy efficiency, indoor comfort and overall environmental quality. The facades will generate and even store renewable energy. Advanced embedded photovoltaic cells, micro wind mills and heat filter membranes in facades will take care of more than 50 per cent of the energy needs of the buildings. The light dam panels on facades would be used with two-way fibre optic cables to illuminate the dark interior of the buildings in the day time and illuminating the façade in the night with reverse flow of light thus resulting in lot of saving.

buildings as well. The building envelope has to be designed to suit the climate to achieve the thermal and visual comfort of the space. India, being a tropical country, has ‘hot dry’ and ‘hot humid’ climate in most of the regions. Hence the real challenge is to deal with harsh radiation from the south and west at the same time allowing natural ventilation. Every facade needs to be treated differently as per the climatic conditions.

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Commercial Building Mumbai by Vivek Bhole Architects Pvt. Ltd.

Taken to its ultimate development, an interactive facade should respond intelligently and reliably to the changing outdoor conditions and internal performance needs. It should exploit available natural energies for lighting, heating and ventilation, should be able to provide large energy savings compared to conventional technologies. According to Bhasin, the next evolution of facades

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will be expected to be more responsible towards the energy it consumes - both while manufacturing and across its installed design life. Facades could even feed energy back to the grid to reduce the burden of peak loads on the sources of power generation.

BUILDING MATERIALS Building materials make or break any project. Continuous innovations in building materials towards performance and efficiency help to reduce carbon footprint; e.g. a. High-strength hollow block masonry units using natural mineral-based geopolymers help in reducing the load on the building at the same time give a better thermal performance. b. Light, responsive façade that ‘breathes’. This façade is made up of series of faceted fiberglass rosettes, which open and close in response to the temperature of the façade thereby avoiding excess of heat to come inside the building. c. Double screen façade made from special tiles that can clean the air around it. UV light activated free radicals from the tiles destroy any existing pollutants from the air leaving it cleaner for the people inside the building. Ar. Patil reiterates the need for reinventing the vernacular ethos of traditional buildings. “We have been using stone jalis in our traditional building facades which can be derived in the form of metal louvers or fins in a contemporary style todays facades. This can be pursued further by creating dynamic facades using modern technology, which will transform itself in response to the changing sun positions, lighting conditions and the functional requirements,” he adds.


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Residence for Gaurav Agarwal by Inspire Design

GLAZED FACADES: WHY & HOW Man needs natural light to survive and the glass makes it possible to allow light into the interior. Towards the end of the 20th century, glazing became the ideal design solution. Early 21st century saw the growing interest in highly glazed building facades, driven by a variety of architectural, aesthetic, business and environmental rationales. Today, the highly glazed facade has become an indispensable component of a ‘green building’, and building designers and owners have dependably been intrigued by the broad utilisation of glass in building envelopes. But many of these buildings are with profoundly reflective glazings or utilise exceedingly transmissive glass and come across serious internal comfort issues that could only be overcome with extensive HVAC systems, resulting in significant energy, cost and environmental penalties. Glass, in its present form is not very safe (unless it is processed and tempered or laminated), says Rajeev Trehan, Senior Associate, Architect Hafeez Contractor. It has to ultimately evolve into a safer building material. Major issue with glass is safety and excessive heat gain. At present, the research on production of more efficient and safe glass is at a very basic stage. As we move on, we hope that the research would result in high performance, energy generating glass which is inherently very safe as a construction material, adds Trehan. Demand for more efficient, responsive facades lead to the replacement of conventional glazing by a new generation of high performance, intelligent facade systems that meet the comfort and performance

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Nishant Gupta, Associate Architect, Architect Hafeez Contractor

needs of occupants while satisfying owner economic needs and broader societal environmental concerns. Products such as heat absorbing glass, reflective glass and double glazing glass emerged. Experts tried to optimise the use of these products and to come-up with an ideal, static design solution to make the facade more responsive. Thus more sophisticated design approaches and technologies have emerged using new high-performance glazing, improved shading and solar control systems, greater use of automated controls, and integration with other building systems. Another relatively new architectural development is the facade that can provide improved acoustics, better solar control and enhanced ventilation.

WINDOW WALL RATIO One of the basic design motives for the building envelope is to protect the indoors from external elements along with providing optimum daylight and to optimise the solar heat gains in the building. This can be achieved through simple passive low cost measures based on the principal of demand reduction through building envelope design by controlling the Window to Wall Ratio (WWR), SHGC, U value (based on choice of building material), says Ar. Hiten Sethi. The daylight analysis of the design at regularly occupied spaces should be carried out at the designing stage

itself to ensure that they are adequately lit as per the required task based lux levels. These levels can be achieved through appropriate design of the spaces along with right shading devices and glazing specification. The WWR can vary from design to design. Having the right ration ensures the efficiency. Appropriate shading with respect to orientation with a combination of high performance glazing ensures compliance with SHGC requirements as per ECBC. For moderate climate, the prescribed SHGC for a design with WWR < 40 percent is 0.4. Indoor daylighting is achieved by providing glazing having specific VLT values and efficient space planning. Another important design motives of a façade is to maximise the external views while causing minimum glare. It can thus be seen that the use of higher performing glass increases the initial cost of construction, but it helps in reducing the cost of operations of the building by reducing the load on the HVAC system in the long run.

SOLAR CONTROL The sun is a very potent source of energy and is the primary contributor to cooling loads in our buildings. There are two main ways to deal with this issue, informs Ar. Hans Brouwer. The first is to deal with this on the surface of the building – with the cladding (whether this is with a curtain wall system or a window wall system). Keeping fenestration percentages to below 35 percent is a good guideline for energy efficient buildings. Where fenestration is required, high performance glazing specifications should be deployed - ideally double-glazed units (DGU) with a low emissivity coating (low-E). The other approach is to prevent direct insolation (sun rays hitting the glazed surfaces). This is done by introducing an additional screening layer outside the building. In our Marvel Edge building this is a fine mesh screen that cuts out 60 percent of the sun’s

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BIOMIMICRY IN FACADES The ‘Breathing Skins Project’ by Tobias Becker Over the years, climate change has been another contributing factor to the rising need for amalgamating futuristic designs & energy efficiency concepts. Facades with adaptive features help reduce the energy needs of buildings and accommodate climatic requirement better. For instance, the ‘breathing skin project’ developed by Tobias Becker is based on the concept of biomimicry. The technology is inspired by organic skins that adjust their pores to control the necessary flow of light, matter and temperature between the inside and the outside. Technologies like this one can revolutionise the way we approach façade and fenestration for years to come. More than anything, the moral conscience and vision of architects play a huge role in the way facades and fenestration can revolutionise contemporary architecture globally. (As told by Ninad Tipnis, Founder & Principal Architect, JTCPL Designs)

rays, leaving sufficient daylight for good internal lighting without the challenge of too much glare. In this case, the glazing specification doesn’t need to be as high, as the heat build-up has been dealt with before the actual building envelope. It also provides for a façade that has a lot more interest and depth, in contrast with the ubiquity of glazed, curtain wall buildings that adorn our modern cities, adds Brouwer.

could filter the polluted air and provide fresh air for the inmates. The façade could warm or cool the building depending on the climatic condition and requirement. We might see facades which could

Ar. Hiten Sethi also agrees that the solar insolation study helps to analyse critical façade and designing them based on the heat gain requirements based on the climatic conditions of the location of the building. Design elements like light shelves, double screen façades, sun breakers, etc., also contribute in achieving the requisite indoor thermal and visual comfort.

FUTURE FACADES According to Nishant Gupta, Associate Architect, Architect Hafeez Contractor, future facades would be more advanced in terms of material and technology. They will be more interactive, and more environment responsive, and much more innovative in design. They could draw moisture from outside and collect water. They could capture solar energy and make the building self sustainable. Facades

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Orbit Haven, Mumbai by Architect Hafeez Contractor

I-FACADES ‘’I-facades’’ will be the future thing. Capable of thinking on their own the computing powers integrated with these skins will convert any material into thinking surfaces. They will be able to connect to the building systems as well as the building occupant’s mobile phones or systems giving real time data and capable of converting these data to maintain the buildings internal as well as external experience. These ‘’I-facades’’ will not only be linked to its users, but will be ‘’talking’’ to the surroundings as well. It will be capable of generating electricity and charging things wirelessly in and around it. Cities will no longer depend on grid supply for electricity. The future buildings with its smart façade and systems will itself be the source of energy. Electric cars will be able to charge themselves wirelessly around these buildings. At a macro level, integration of similar skins of buildings with a central control system will help the local authorities in regulating large swathes of urban patches with efficient energy distribution and management. When we talk about such future, it seems far, but as time has proven, these technologies will be out in the market in no time. (As told by Kirtisagar Bollar, Associate Architect, Architect Hafeez Contractor)

expand and contract as per the space requirement. We can also look forward for facades which could be taken off from one building and installed on another. Like Nishant Gupta, architect Amit Bhat also is optimistic that in future we would develop a facade/ fenestration system which provides us a way to generate green energy from natural resources. Now a days we are hearing about the use of photo voltaic cells on facades so that the buildings can generate energy and could become self sustainable in power requirement. But, at present, the system seems to be phenomenally expensive. As photovoltaic costs decrease in the future, these on-site power systems will be integrated within the glass skin and these facades will become local, non-polluting energy suppliers to generate enough energy. Wind farms near coastal areas will help to generate more energy. These innovative concepts create habitable clean energy harvesting system.

Club House design by Kembhavi Architects

Ar. Rishi Raj Khare too foresees that, in future facades, solar panels will be used and LED systems which help to provide light. Both interior and exterior skins with bioclimatic effective façade will help to moderate wind, noise, light, heat and pollution, he adds. Vertical gardens can reduce the thermal loads; rainwater harvesting systems and recyclable products used for construction would add to the greenness of the building. All these challenges will make the job of a façade engineer one of the most interesting and creative one. By integrating innovations with proactive façade management strategies we can work towards a greener and more sustainable future, ensuring these combined strategies both play their part in supporting global sustainability targets. As with design and technology, materials too will play an important part in contributing to the smart and

Commercial building by Kembhavi Architects

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FACADES OF THE FUTURE: THE TRENDSETTER Catering to the demands of an ever expanding industry and innovative designers, the presentation shifts in its last segment to sensitising on the future technologies in Building Facades which will provide better efficiency, aesthetics and commercial value to the developments addressing a wider spectrum of issues covering the following: •

Facades generating Power – Photovoltaic Glass Unit (PGU)

Building integrated photovoltaic’s capture the solar radiations and turn it into energy. A high level of energy generation (up to 12 percent efficiency) can be generated through Photovoltaic Glass unit. The advantage of this technology is that it is allowing the usage of fenestration part of the building as PGU’s provides transparency to the human eye upto 70 per cent. •

Thermally Dynamic Facades – Phase Change Materials (PCM)

Façade, which responds in accordance with the variations in outdoor conditions. Thermally dynamic facades use phase change material wherein a layer of salt crystals captures the heat radiated by the sun and release it back to the environment during non-operational hours. The thickness of conventional materials used in buildings is much more than the equivalent heat capacity of a one-centimetre-thick PCM. •

Biomimicry in Facades – Living Buildings

Just like the surface of a leaf, the ‘skin’ of future buildings may react to external stimuli, opening, closing and breathing throughout the day through a system of ‘cellular’ openings that allow light, air and water in the apartments contained within. •

Facades Enhancing Outdoor Environment – Microclimate Impact

Growing vegetation on the façade can potentially create a positive microclimate around the built form. A microclimate is a local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from the surrounding area. The studies accounts that a reduction of approx. 2˚C can be achieved by using green vegetation around buildings compared to the surrounding ambient in composite climates like Delhi. •

Facades Enhancing Indoor Environment – Growing Fresh Air

Most developing countries have high pollution levels and as a result the indoor environment can be even more polluted. Drawing ventilation air through a green façade or a greenhouse offers a potential to counter the toxins, VOC’s, microbial infections, etc. in an air-conditioned building. •

Façade Addressing Fuel Crises – Building Powered by Algae

A classic example of this technology is BIQ building algae panels generating power where the algae is grown on façade and burned to provide an alternate energy source. •

Facades Addressing Food Crises – Hydroponics

The idea that fruits and vegetables can grow with water, light and nutrients are the basis of hydroponic: one of the innovative systems of making the building self-sustaining. There have been other numerous advantages of this system as well. A reduction is seen in street level concentrations up to 40 per cent for NO2 and 60 per cent of particulate matter. They potentially contribute to an increase in biodiversity in urban areas by providing a habitat for birds, etc. The most important aspect is their “rejuvenating effect” on the living creatures around as they contribute in softening of the urban landscape and allowing buildings to seem more ‘natural’ and pleasing for the people. Energy efficiency remains a primary challenge in today’s commercial construction industry. How important are energy efficiency gains from a building envelope is a topic that is gaining momentum amongst industryleading architects and design firms. In order to address a few paramount issues in the industry, with everincreasing pressure for the dual objectives of higher performance and improved payback calculation to stakeholders, innovative trends and forces shaping the future of building skin contain the answer of many unfolded domains. (As told by Ashish K Jain, Partner - AEON Integrated Building Design Consultant LLP)


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National Cancer Institute, Nagpur by Hiten Sethi Associates (HSA)

environmentally sensitive design narrative. Building materials will evolve with more recycling friendly alternatives with even upcycling contributions from other industries, adds Ar. Gautam Bhasin. According to Ar. Indrajit Kembhavi, the material palette of future façades is evolving rapidly ranging from ceramics, multilayer aluminium/metal, to ETFE (ethylene tetrafluroethylene copolymer) cushion fabric, multilayer ETICS (external thermal insulation cladding system) to green vegetated façade systems. Future technologies would involve façade that is self-cleaning, environmentally dynamic, information sensitive and communicating. Ar. Rajeev Trehan of AHC is hopeful that the ongoing research on glass will result in introducing completely transparent glasses that are totally safe, insulated and energy generating, and it will become a reality in the near future. The buildings of the future could use this novel material. He believes that gradually it will become mandatory to use such ’hi tech’ glass that is transparent (but photo chromatic), lightweight (but strong), safe (without additional processing) and energy generating. Future façade can be defined as fully responsive parametric façade that are non-static, but kinetic addressing varied issues including sustainability, power generation, vertical farming and are informative and transformational, articulates Kembhavi. The facades, far from being static elements shall start getting responsive and communicative to a situation/ environment. However, the biggest challenge shall be to balance the cost to performance ratio.

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Marvel Edge is a modern day groundscraper and an unusual mixed-use project at Pune by HB Design

Forging ahead, Kirtisagar Bollar of AHC visualises the future of facades is going to be much more than the material, looks or performance. It will be a living organ very much like our skin, which will respond in real time to its surrounding presence and will be capable of adapting to it. From facades which will be able to self heat and cool itself a building will no longer depend on its internal building management systems. They will be ‘’intelligent’’. Yes, intelligent. The big ‘’I’’.

CONCLUSION Sustainable design continues to be at the core of the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, yet very few can agree on how it should be practised, implemented and incorporated into the design process, and take it to the next level, may be to ‘net-zero’ levels and beyond. Design teams are changing to become more intensive collaborations. Technologies have advanced to the point where it is difficult for architects to be all-knowing in relation to the effect of various systems on the holistic performance of a building. One shouldn’t stop with materials that are already in the palette, but look for much more innovative ones. New materials are flooding the marketplace at an exponential rate. Their introduction requires rapid inclusion in familiar construction systems, considering the qualities like performance, tolerance, compatibility, etc. Building skins in the future will integrate dynamic or kinetic components, creating an architecture that incorporates multiple materials and systems into a singularly performing envelope.


A HOME TO DELIGHT YOUR SENSES COLLAGE HOUSE, MUMBAI About the Architect: Shilpa Gore-Shah & Pinkish Shah are Founding Partners and Design Principals of Mumbai-based S+PS Architects, which they founded in 1997. Their work is influenced by their interest in history, pedagogy, travel and common sense. Shilpa and Pinkish are both alumni of the Sir J. J. College of Architecture and the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA. They are actively involved in academics and lectured frequently on their work at various locations in India and abroad. The practice has been the recipient of several international and national design awards, including Indian Institute of Architects National Awards 2015, Best Design Award at Design Shanghai 2013, among others.

Shilpa Gore-Shah & Pinkish Shah Founding Partners & Design Principals, S+PS Architects, Mumbai

has been made in the project to apply some of these lessons without romanticising or fetishising them. The project looks at the idea of recycling and collage in several ways, from the very physical like materials, energy, etc. to the intangible such as history, space and memories.

The Collage House

Living in Mumbai, it is impossible to ignore the informal settlements in the city, and if looked at closely there are many lessons to be learnt in frugality, adaptability, multi-tasking, resourcefulness and ingenuity. A visual language emerges that is of the found object, ad-hoc, eclectic, patched and collaged. An attempt

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The front façade sets the tone for what lies within, with a “corner of windows” that recycles old windows and doors of demolished houses in the city. This becomes a major backdrop for the living room with an exposed concrete faceted ceiling above countered by the polished white marble with intricate brass inlay on the floor. Metal pipe leftovers pieced together like bamboo form a “pipe wall” integrating structural columns, rainwater downtake pipes and a sculpture of spouts that in the monsoon are a delight for all the senses. In the central courtyard on one side scrap rusted metal plates are riveted together, Kitsch coloured

The recycled old windows and doors of demolished houses became a major backdrop for the living room

tile samples retain a planter in the middle and on the third side is a wall clad in cut-waste stone slivers lifted off the back of stone cutting yards and waste generated on site. Hundred-year-old columns from a dismantled house bring back memories, and nostalgia is nourished with a lightweight, steel and glass pavilion (with solar panels above) on the terrace level overlooking fabulous views down the hillside. This approach is reinforced again in the interior materials and elements. It plays up this contrast between the old and the new, the traditional and the contemporary, the rough and the finished. One finds use of recycled materials like old textile blocks, flooring out of old Burma teak rafters and

Hundred-year-old columns from a dismantled house embellishes the ightweight, steel and glass pavilion (with solar panels above) on the terrace level

The central courtyard: Metal pipe leftovers pieced together like bamboo form a “pipe wall� integrating structural columns

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The interiors with ample sunlight and ventilation

purlins, colonial furniture, fabric waste (chindi) along with new ways of using traditional elements and materials like carved wooden mouldings, beveled mirrors, heritage cement tiles, etc. A language emerges that is both new but strangely familiar at the same time and that makes us rethink the notion of beauty that we take for granted around us. To make this mélange more “acceptable”, it is encased in a “garb of modernity” (Nehru). This concrete frame in a rough aggregate finish outside and in a smooth form finish inside - wraps and connects all the spaces from back to front and across all three levels.

The concrete frame - in a rough aggregate finish outside and in a smooth form finish inside - wraps and connects all the spaces

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Recycled materials like old windows, flooring out of old Burma teak rafters and purlins, and colonial furniture


Natural stones and quintessential shading

To build on top of a hill is always exciting, until the architects discovered here that they were surrounded by neighbours on all sides. This led early on in the design process to look inwards and build around the quintessential Indian courtyard, albeit slightly modified. The court is actually raised a floor above the ground level and hidden below is a large rainwater harvesting tank wrapped with rock that was removed from the hillside during excavation. It is the core around which this large four-generation family is organised and comes together.

Sectional drawings of the project ‘Collage House’

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Project: Collage House Location: Mumbai Architects: S+PS Architects Design Team: Pinkish Shah, Shilpa Gore-Shah, Mayank Patel, Gaurav Agarwal, ShrutikaNirgun, Divya Malu, Manali Patel, VedPanchwagh, Priyadarshi Srivastava Consultants: Rajeev Shah & Associates (Structural), Arkk Consultants (Services), S+PS Architects (Landscape) Site area: 350 Sq m Area: 520.0 Sq m Project Year: 2015 Photo credits: Sebastian Zachariah, Ira Gosalia, Photographix Pinkish Shah



OUTRÉ HOUSE, ANAND NIKETAN, NEW DELHI About the Authors: Ar. Madhav Raman and Ar. Vaibhav Dimri are partners at an internationally recognized award winning design firm, Anagram Architects, based in New Delhi. After graduating from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, they founded the firm in 2001. Their practice is diverse and focuses on architecture, urban design, interior design, installation and furniture design. The duo is committed in delivering deeply contextual designs that encourage sustainable lifestyles. Over the years, the firm has garnered much international acclaim including a nomination for the Aga Khan Award 2010 and inclusion in the Wallpaper Magazine’s “Architects Directory 2009”. Their work has also been honoured at the Architectural Review’s World Emerging Architecture Awards 2007, the International Design and Architecture Awards 2013, etc.

Ar. Madhav Raman & Ar. Vaibhav Dimri Principal Architects, Anagram Architects

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The house is set in a Delhi neighbourhood with predominantly cuboidal buildings in the streets. The curvilinear plan lined by equally non-linear balconies facilitates abundant defused light to all parts of the floor at the same time shading direct solar ingress.

The night view of the house

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The façade of the building features wooden louvres and vertically installed planters that allow the vegetation to creep creating a breathing structure. The vertical greens that form the characteristic identity of the building continue onto the terrace garden providing a further thermal buffer to the top

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The façade features wooden louvres and vertically installed planters

floor, in addition to an accessible green open space. The design rekindles the relationship between the crafted and the natural. Large urban residences both register and articulate financial and aspirational value. Catering as much to their inhabitants’ needs as to their whims, they are, at once, spaces of private indulgence as also objects of a more socially motivated aesthetic expression. Therefore, the luxurious and the exotic are sought in various ways from their design. In big cities, global market systems drive construction, fabrication and procurement logistics, and so, the extrinsic, or exotic, in terms of materiality and the machined, in terms of texture and precision, are more sought after and given greater value. Systems of architectural production also appear to have cleaved apart the relationships between making and material while form seems to rely heavily on geometries that ease the application of industrially mass produced and pre-engineered

The greenery and the ubiquitous aesthetics

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The curvilinearity of Outré House creates more fluid spatial formations

surface renders. Ironically, the search for the unusual in contemporary urban architecture seems akin to a walk in a “walled garden” of ubiquitous aesthetics. Outré House attempts a rediscovery of the singular and distinctive, specifically, in the working of humble materials; on site and by hand. It attempts to do so by re-entering the bond between making and material. From bespoke concrete form work and poured flooring to curved joinery and rhythmically notched masonry, the design releases its handmade construction from the constraints of the straight line. It, thus, allows crafted details to overlay each other rather than be restricted, merely, to points and lines where materials meet. The city grid and its volumetric controls, most simplistically, resolve into rectilinearity. This box form resolution of the programmme unavoidably results in spatial compartmentalisation, on top of which real estate imperatives encourage apartment stacks of cookie cutter floor plates. The curvilinearity of Outré House creates more fluid spatial formations and helps create smoothly transitioning spaces.

QUICK FACTS Project: Outré House Location: Anand Niketan, New Delhi Client: Satish Garg Architect: Anagram Architects Design Team: Vaibhav Dimri, Madhav Raman, Ayush Prakash Site Area: 317.56 sq m Project Area: 1,356 sq m Civil Contractor: Adhunik Infrastructure Structural Engineer: Bmsf Design Consultants Other Consultants: Squaretech Engineers (Electrical), DSR Engineering Services (Plumbing) Site Supervision: Anagram Architects Model-Maker: INHOUSE Project Estimate: 6,00,00,000 INR Commencement Date: 2011 Completion of Project: 2015 Photo Credit: André J Fanthome



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UNIQUE UNITIZED FAÇADE SYSTEMS AL JAZEERA TOWER ABU DHABI, UAE About the Author: Eng. Naser Ali Almarzooqi is the General Manager of Reem Emirates Aluminum (REA), which is the largest curtain wall company in the Middle East. With his deep knowledge and experience, this UAE-based engineer has been able to put REA as one of the main players in aluminum and glass building curtain wall industry. He is a seasoned and successful executive with extensive 18 years experience in real estate development and construction industry. With a high track record in developing, presenting and managing the implementation of all highly innovative business solutions, he had been trying his best in expanding company business to international level and becoming clients’ first preference when it comes to curtain wall solutions.

Eng. Naser Ali Almarzooqi General Manager, Reem Emirates Aluminium

Reem Emirates Aluminum was awarded the iconic landmark project Al Jazeera Tower in the year 2013 located in the prime location of Abu Dhabi Corniche, based on their proven track records and expertise to design and execute intricate façade bespoke systems.

The façade envelop of Al Jazeera Tower, executed by Reem Emirates Aluminum

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The façade envelop of Al Jazeera Tower at Abu Dhabi, UAE is to be considered one of a kind in the GCC region whereby the unitized façade systems are structured with various inclined glazing angles creating uniquely shaped 4-dimensional cutshape diamond. The façade system is fully structurally

The façade envelop of Al Jazeera Tower

glazed unitized curtain wall system constructed with male and female mullion coupling and transom profiles having flexibility to cater for various inclined glazing angles. Façade system is integrated with air pressure equalised chamber with rain screen gasket and air seal to meet performance specification for air infiltration and water penetration while catering for building movements. The concept design has been developed on Tekla 3D modelling programme. The 3D facade feature of the building were aluminium extruded fins been incorporated in unitized curtain wall system, in addition to top hang windows, this has enabled continues fabrication of panels by using preprogrammed CNC machines. Due to fixed angles and corners of the panels design, matching the angular dimensions on panels been challenging, therefore robotics system has been used smartly to ensure accuracy of the panel angular dimensions. Installation of unitized Curtin wall has been extremely fast on site achieving 60 to 70 panels per day, as monorail system has been used on top of the tower for easy and fast installation.

The unique unitized façade systems are structured with various inclined glazing angles

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Glass processing been done locally at the Reem Emirates Glass Factory achieving high quality product, despite the challenge of the triangle sharp edge glass shape running through various glass processes such as cutting edge, deletion, tempering, heat soak test and double glazing. Overall unitized curtain wall on Al Jazeera Tower has achieved thermal U-Value of 1.92 w/m2 k (rate of heat transfer). Acoustics curtain wall glazing

performance were able to achieve 35 DB with construction combination of glass. The curtain wall glass specifications were 6mm/20mmairgap/8mm. Having successfully executed this uniquely complicated project, Reem Emirates Aluminum has gained valuable experience and know-how and could provide assurance to clients on our design engineering capability and capacity to execute successful projects of similar or greater scales and complexity. 8mm Glastrosch Silverstarr Sunstop night vision on clear (#2) 20mm airspace6mm Pilkington SYP YHE 0173 (#3)


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QUICK FACTS Project: Al Jazeera Tower Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE Client: HE Dr. Mana Saeed Al Ataiba Architect: Al Suwaidi Engineering and Consultants Consultant: Al Suweidi Engineering Consultants Bureau/Meinhardt Consultants Main Contractor: Ghantoot Contracting Commencement Date: 2013 Completion Date: 2016 The façade system is fully structurally glazed unitized curtain wall

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FISCHER PROVIDES INNOVATIVE FIXING SOLUTIONS systems. The company extends all its concentrated fastening expertise and advice to customers at its office, construction site and also in the fischer Academy.

For almost 68 years, fischer has garnered a widespread reputation for designing, engineering and building innovative fixing solutions. The company has its presence in 33 countries with 42 subsidiaries, production locations in seven countries and over 1,500 industrial property rights internationally. Products: The company offers a wide range of fastening solutions in the fields of chemical resins, steel and nylon, covering a very broad application spectrum in the construction industry.

Fixing Systems: The fixing systems is the core area and fischer offers more than 14,000 solutions with standard products, project-based the solutions and specialised customer-specific developments. Automotive Systems: Fischer produces components for all the major players in the automotive industry, such as air vents, cupholders, storage compartments and other multi-functional components.

Design Software: Fischer’s new modular design software suite “FIXPERIENCE” offers the ability to create quick and reliable designs along with the best processing comfort. The relevant design standards (ETA 001 and EC2 as well as EC1, EC3 and EC5), national application documents and extensive choice of all conventional load and measurement units make the software highly suitable for international use. Research & Development: The company has it research and development teams for chemical resins, steel and nylon. The teams keep a close watch on the market trends and customer requirements, and quickly convert into market-ready products. Production: Fischer is a globally oriented company with its own sales, development and production facilities which provides its products and services to customers around the world. Their production facilities are located in various locations around the world. Customer Advice: It’s well-equipped technical support services provide a cost-effective, legally compliant advices for all queries relating to fastening

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9TH GRIHA SUMMIT 2017 CONCLUDES ON GRAND NOTE At the event, Sanjay Seth, CEO, GRIHA Council, highlighted the achievement of significant milestones and developments of the GRIHA Council during the year 2017. He spoke of the new partnerships that were forged during the 9th GRIHA Summit with several esteemed organizations. Notably, GRIHA launched Rating for Affordable Housing to align with government’s ‘Housing for All’ initiative during their flagship event.

The dignitaries at the inaugural of the 9th edition of GRIHA Summit

The 9th edition of GRIHA Summit was held on December 18-19, 2017 at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. With focus on the theme “Sustainable is Affordable”, the summit addressed various challenges and issues around affordability, and shared insights on innovative and indigenous solutions to promote sustainability through affordability. In his message on the occasion, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs, said, “The theme for the GRIHA Summit ‘Sustainable is Affordable’ is apt and am sure shall dispel the myth that sustainable is not affordable”.

Many industry and academic experts participated in engaging sessions and deliberated on various aspects of sustainability, including Prof. Kavas Kapadia, former Dean of Studies and Head Department of Urban Planning, SPA; Ar. Christopher Charles Benninger, Chairman of Christopher Charles Benninger Architects; Ar. Chitra Vishwanath, Principal Architect and Managing Director of Biome; Abhay Bakre, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency; Ar. Vijay Garg, Vice President of Council of Architecture; Vishal Kapur, President of ISHRAE, among others. The two-day gala event ended with a grand GRIHA Award Night honouring the most outstanding work in the industry.

In his keynote address, H E Dr Andreas Baum, Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan said, “The Indo-Swiss collaboration is working together with the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the development of guidelines for thermally comfortable and energy efficient housing”. Dr. Ajay Mathur, President of GRIHA Council, said, “Over the years, the GRIHA Council has played a pivotal role in providing solutions to various challenges faced by the built environment”.

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Esteemed dignitaries lighting the lamp

Recently held Festival of Architecture & Interior Designing (FOAID) events at Mumbai and Delhi celebrated the glory of Indian art, architecture and design. This Year’s edition embarked a new journey of networking, exchange of ideas & knowledge, attracting over 2500 fraternity members. The theme “Lets Uncondition” helped over 425 design professionals, who attended the event, to witness over 150 esteemed dignitaries and to upscale their creativity to a different level. The speakers shared their journey in design by focussing on the theme of the event and made the Design Manthan (National Conference) a truly inspiring platform. Prominent personalities like Niranjan Hiranandani and Boman Irani were invited to deliver keynote

Eminent dignitaries present for a panel discussion

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speech and special address among the various panel discussions, presentations, and design debate. Speakers were invited to discuss on varied topics like ‘Perfect Strangers: Design meets Story; Unlearning the Present: Preparing for the Future; Architecture Shapes Behaviour, etc., which had esteemed panel members like Salil Ranadive, Puran Kumar, Gayathri Shetty, Nilabh Nagar, Hiten Sethi, Dipen Gada, Ninad Tipnis and many more. Presentations stole the moment as names like Ratan Batliboi, Sanjay Mohe, Alfaz Miller, Nuru Karim and Anupama Kundoo. They spoke on various topics like ‘10 Mistakes of my Journey in Design Space’, ‘No Right Turn’ and many more. Apart from this, FOAID also hosted four award competitions. The ‘Berger Architecture Ideas 3.0’ aimed at acknowledging the exemplary work done by architects below the age of 35. Another three were student competitions. Top seven colleges of the South &the West zone like Rachana Sansad, Balwant Sheth School of Architecture and S.P.S.M.B.H College of Architecture, participated in “Expressions” - an art installation competition. This was judged by an esteemed panel of jury members like Annkur Khosla, Brinda Miller, Ketan Jawdekar, Nuru Karim, etc. Two other competitions, i.e. Wood is Good & Everest design Challenge, saw astonishing design installations by students. The celebrated Architecture & Design festival embarks on its 5th year of Design Excellence in 2018.

Jury members encouraging students at a Design Installation


UWDMA’S REGIONAL CONFERENCES AT COIMBATORE AND AHMEDABAD Organised by the uPVC Window and Door Manufacturers Association (UWDMA), regional conferences took place successfully in Coimbatore on September 13, 2017 and Ahmedabad on November 17, 2017. The events were part of UWDMA’s Regional Conferences (U-RC) series, which aimed at bringing together the best of marketing and production minds to reinvent the uPVC window and educate and exchange best practices from across the country. Both the events focused on the topic “The Cost Factor”, an estimation analysis programme that has been put together with the best in the industry to bring out a formula to arrive at the ‘Cost’ of windows. The conference in Coimbatore started off with a warm welcome note by Satish Kumar, Secretary of UWDMA. In the Ahmedabad conference, the event took off with a welcome address by Farid Khan, Vice President of UWDMA. Similarly in both the events, interesting updates on the latest developments and activities in UWDMA were shared by Mario Schmidt, President of UWDMA. In Coimbatore, Schmidt announced that a proposal has been submitted to MSME for UWDMA becoming a training partner aggregator. He also said that UWDMA presented a window label programme in the World of Fenestration

Satish Kumar, Secretary of UWDMA addressing the audience at the IIT Madras Event

event in Bangalore and a proposal has been made to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency under the Ministry of Power. In Ahmedabad, Schmidt said that the talk with the government of Rajasthan regarding the setting up of UWDMA training centre at ITI Bhiwadi, is now under the final stage. He further said that a

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At the Coimbatore conference

technical sub-committee will be formed to have more discussion on installation guideline which will be finalised soon. The events in both the locations, witnessed remarkable product presentations by the sponsors of the conferences, including – McCoy, Veka, Encraft, Renolit, Kommerling, LGF Sysmac, Saravana Building Products, Prominance uPVC Window & Door System. Besides, P. Veeramanikandan, Director of Sarvana Building Products, gave an insightful presentation on the “Cost Factor” in Coimbatore. In Ahmedabad, Prakash Gohil, Director of Super Building Solutions and Associate of Superwin uPVC, shed light on the same theme which was enlightening.

Farid Khan (Vice President, UWDMA) addressing the gathering at Ahmedabad

Notably, on completion of the U-RC series on ‘The Cost Factor’, UWDMA proposed to start a monthly programme for builders and developers, which will also be taken to all major cities in the country. Meanwhile, UWDMA recently joined hand with the Glazing Society of India to train the industry personnel from production/QC/design on all aspects of quality control and testing on glass, profile and silicon at Indian Institute of Technology in Madras. Residential accommodation at IIT Madras is being provided at concessional rates and is free of charge for women candidates. To know more, contact:

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The Ahmedabad conference



The inaugural speech by Anshuman Magazine, Chairman, India and South-East Asia, CBRE

CBRE South Asia, the world’s largest real estate consulting firm in association with CII organised the 8th edition of their annual Infrastructure Project Management Conference focused on “Building India – A New Approach” in New Delhi on December 4, 2017. Elaborating on how project management can act as a catalyst for ‘fast forwarding’ infrastructure projects as well as being an effective management and structuring tool as we look beyond the metros, the conference was inaugurated by Anshuman Magazine, Chairman, India and South-East Asia, CBRE along with Martin Woods, Sr. Managing Director & Regional Leader, Project Management, CBRE Asia Pacific; Anil Saraf, Chairman, ASF Group and Gurjot Bhatia, Managing Director, Project Management Group, CBRE South Asia. This year the conference addressed on new strategies/approaches for “Building India - a new approach” through project management. Leaders across industries graced the event, including SM Qasim Ali, Founder, M I Group; Arun Jindal, Director, Sales & Marketing, Chandigarh Citi Center; Sharat Sharma, Director -Operations, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC); Shantanu Chakraborty, Head – Business Development, CRM and Head -Operations, Brookfield; Anil Relan, Vice President, Jacobs’ Life Sciences; Rahul Agarwal, Properties Leader - South Asia, General Electric, amongst others Post lunch, the session continued with a topic “New Age-New Thinking-New Work Place” with the same enthusiasm and positivity. Moderated by

Panel discussions at the event

Sumeet Anand, Global Infrastructure & Logistics Leader at GENPACT, the session discussed intensely on developing a new thinking, a workplace as we build India with a new approach. The panellists who brainstormed in the session, included Arun Khanna, Senior Director of Enterprise Real Estate-Optum Global Solutions; Brig Harpreet S Kaura, Senior Vice President of National Administration-KPMG; Rahul Agarwal, Properties Leader of South Asia-General Electric; Manish Ray, Associate Vice President of Evalueserve, and Sonali Bhagwati, President of Design Plus Architecture. The last session of the event elaborated on the topic “Evolution in glass technology and application within smart cities”. Sanmukh Bawa, Director of Engineering G-SMATT Europe, shared his expertise and knowledge on the topic which was enriching. The event witnessed a participation of over 200 delegates which brings together experts from across the building and construction industry. Window and Façade magazine was the media partner at the event.

Speech on “Evolution in glass technology and application within smart cities” by Sanmukh Bawa, Director of Engineering G-SMATT Europe

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Inauguration of the Zak Expo, Mumbai

The 9th edition of Zak Aluminium Extrusions Expo, the 14th edition of Zak Doors & Windows Expo, and the 15th edition of Zak Glass Technology Expo took place successfully from December 7 to 10, 2017 at the MMRDA Exhibition Centre, BandraKurla Complex, Mumbai. The expo brought together thousands of professionals from the glass, doors & windows, and aluminium industry under one roof to explore the technologies and products that will define the future of the industry. With around 400 pioneer brands exhibiting from across the world, the expo was the best platform to expand business horizon and showcase solutions to the Indian façade and fenestration fraternity. The Zak Expo is India’s and South-Asia’s leading fair for facade, fenestration, glass and glazing. With 15 years’ development, the Zak Glass Technology Expo

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2017 constituted of three concurrent fairs — 9th Zak Aluminium Extrusions Expo, 14th Zak Doors & Windows Expo, and 15th Zak Glass Technology Expo. The Zak Expo is an annual meeting place for buyers and sellers, helping communities come together and explore unlimited business opportunities. This grandest event in the Asian glass industry is organised by the Zak Trade Fair and Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd., one of the leading trade show and exhibition organisers in Asia. As the most important communication platform for the windows & doors trade, glass industry, and for aluminium extrusion sector, the halls of MMRDA Exhibition Centre buzzed with the latest innovation, technology and novelty. This years’ expo attracted hundreds of exhibitors from over 25 countries including the USA,

This year’s expo saw a steady stream of over 20,000 visitors

Germany, Canada, Italy, Italy, China, Thailand, Austria, Belgium, etc., and saw a steady stream of over 20,000 visitors.The expo has established itself as an ideal place to find new, innovative and exciting products related to the glass, façade and fenestration industry. It is the official industry show that is eagerly awaited by both the exhibitors and the industry members, as it is one of its kind and remains unparalleled till date. The exhibition area of the expo spanned more than 30,000 Sq m, saw over 400 participating companies exhibiting machinery and tools, hardware fittings, finished products of uPVC, steel, wood, aluminium windows, doors, fire safety solutions, ventilated façades, facade cleaning tools & access systems, glass facade solutions (design & fabrication), aluminium composite panels, curtain wall systems, insulation materials, window cleaning tools, powder coatings and paints, grills and fly screens, adhesives and sealants, specialty tapes, laminates and films, sunshades and venetian blinds, and many more.

As all the previous events, numerous world famous relevant companies came to demonstrate their new products, equipments and technologies, especially up-to-date achievements and development trends. It also provided a niche platform to learn and gain knowledge about the fenestration industry for the naïve visitors and gather sophisticated technical information on the innovative and latest products and services offered by the exhibitors and those available in the market. The footfall of visitors in the expo was remarkable. The Zak Expo was exceptional in every aspect as it offered an organized avenue for all the industry stakeholders to network and seek possibilities for business expansion, learn about innovations and exchangeideas. Distinguished architects, developers and company heads of various exhibitor companies from across the industry attended the grand inauguration ceremonies held separately for Zak Doors and Windows Expo, Aluminium Extrusions Expo and for the Zak Glass Technology Expo. The chief dignitaries

Stalls at the Aluminium Extrusions Expo and Glass Technology expo

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Syed Zakir Ahmed, Chairman Managing Director of the Zak Group welcomed the dignitaries at the inaugural ceremony

took an elaborative round of the exhibition, after receiving a warm welcome.

THE INAUGURATION The splendid inauguration ceremony for the 15th Zak Glass Technology Expo, 9th edition of Zak Aluminium Extrusions Expo, and 14th edition of Zak Doors & Windows Expo took place in the conference hall at the venue. Syed Zakir Ahmed, Chairman Managing Director of the Zak Group welcomed the dignitaries on the stage, and noted that the Zak is entering 26th year of industry driven enterprise, supporting the industry, disseminating knowledge, innovation, and introducing latest technologies and customised solutions from across the globe, thus driving the momentum of sustained growth in the field of glass, façade, fenestration and aluminium extrusions. He added that this trade show provides numerous benefits, and offers the trade visitors a broad range of innovative technology driven and advanced solutionsin the field of glass and fenestration under a single roof. “I am overwhelmed with our collaboration with all the companies, which are and always been part of this exposition. We, at Zak Trade Fairs & Exhibitions, always aims to make the exhibition a rewarding experience for the participants. I feel elated to be present here, welcoming all of you to the Zak Expo,” he said on his inaugural speech. Dignitaries including Kamlesh Choudhary (Director, Glasswall Systems), Elke Harreiss (Exhibition Director, FENSTERBAU FRONTALE), Ashish Kapoor (Sales Director, Schueco India), Sonia Prashar (Managing Director - Nuernberg Messe India Pvt. Ltd), Farid Khan

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(Director & CEO, Profine India) and Stefan Schaefer (Chief Product and Marketing Officer, Profine Group) spoke at the inaugural ceremony.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS In an endeavour to enhance audience experience and to impart knowledge, the Zak Expo planned funand-learn events like Kaanch ki Paathshala on the second and third day of the expo. It was an initiative held in close collaboration with FOSG, which saw participation of students from many architectural and engineering colleges. The programme caught everyone’s attention and the participants were inquisitive to know more about different types of glass exhibited and latest in glass technologies. This was the 6th edition of this extraordinary workshop which was conducted to upgrade the general knowledge and awareness about the glass amongst the students and other members of the industry. One of the prominent figures in the glazing fraternity, Sharanjit Singh, the founder chairman of GSC Glass Ltd shared his knowledge on basics and went onto the advanced level. India’s largest international exhibition on glass, doors & windows, and aluminium extrusions concluded amidst much fanfare with enthusiastic spirit and gusto. The next edition will take place from December 06–09, 2018, MMRDA Exhibition Centre, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai. For more information visit: http://www.zakglasstech. com


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What the Participants and Visitors Say This year the expo was well-organised. By looking at the quality of the crowd, one can see that it was a successful event. I congratulate the Zak and the entire team for putting forth such a good effort. I see developers showing good interest and some consultants too. We always need support and we are always there for any kind of new ventures initiated by the Zak group. Kapil Chikodi, Head – Business Development, Glass Wall Systems The exhibition is much better than the last time, may be due to the partnership between NürnbergMesse India and Zak Trade Fairs & Exhibitions in organizing the trade fair. I am happy to see lots of European companies coming in, especially from Turkey. There are many Indian companies participating too, which is really nice. I didn’t see many Chinese companies, probably because of the quality issues. It is very nice to see that the Indian markets are getting more and more mature about the industry prospect and it might take another 5 to 10 years to reach the pinnacle of growth. YP Singh, Vice President, Fenesta windows This year’s expo saw more participation of the exhibitors and more visits by the industry people. I think the show is complete by combining the glass, fenestration and aluminium - it’s a whole package. After combining with FensterbauFrontale, this exhibition has become bigger, better, with more participants, exhibitors, and visitors. This will continue to grow bigger. Truly, there is no competition. Sharanjit Singh, Founder & Chairman, GSC Glass Ltd We are using the Zak exhibition’s platform to introduce our products, which are made as per the Indian culture and market. This is the right place for us to be to show all our accessories. As you know, Aluplast has started as local extrusion last year. And we are heavily growing. This is our first time in the Zak exhibition. It’s a good platform for the B2B market and here the industry leaders can meet and exchange ideas, display the products and develop projects, may be together. Christian Feldman, Market Manager – Asia, Africa & North America, Aluplast This is my first experience in the Zak Expo. The expo has continued to sell the brand value and focusing all the key stakeholders in the local and global markets. It’s been fulfilling four days. It’s incredible to see such a diverse range of quality products, and truly iconic projects. It gives us access to the opportunities, and to share information. The façade market is literally global, with common design and concept, common performance standards and common challenges. But it’s evident that India is a player within the global market. Steves Swales, Chief Commercial Officer, Siderise It is a wonderful expo generating lots of footfall in the current edition. There is a good combination of doors, windows as well as extrusion and glass sector showcases. So people are getting everything in one stop. Without a doubt, it is a good expo. I would like to suggest that the frequency of the expo should be increased. J.K.Sharma, Vice President (Marketing), Global Aluminium Pvt Ltd The Zak exposition is very grand and big like an international level expo, in terms of the quality, products that have displayed, size and magnitude. There is a positive impact with types of products that are being displayed and with respect to the innovative cultures that are now being seen. Many window hardware companies have introduced products of different types and sizes. Window system companies have introduced some innovative accessories which are far superior. Exposition of this type brings to light a lot of new concepts on the table for architects to see and contractors to explore, and eventually for the builder developers to incorporate in their buildings. So there is synergy now which can only be brought by exposition like this. Navin Keswani, Managing Director, Aluplex India Pvt Ltd The Zak Expo is a wonderful event. I am really happy to be here. We are in the Mumbai expo for the first time though we have participated in Delhi. We have opened a showroom in Mumbai and here we are capturing in a better way than what we have done it before. The exhibition is terrific to bring the entire fenestration and glazing industry together. People from the window, aluminium extrusion as well as the glass industry can connect with each other here. The crowd is amazing and we need more space and facilities to showcase our products. Mario Schmidt, Director, Lingel Windows and Doors Technologies Pvt. Ltd. We have been participating in the Zak Expo for many years. This time the foot fall was very good and the visitors are very relevant. This is the only B2B exhibition in which we get many industry specific visitors. This is one of its kind opportunity to meet all the related industry experts under one roof, which we look forward for. Here, we get to know about the latest technologies and materials. In future editions we wish to see more invitees from the industry like façade consultants, architects and builders with whom we can talk more business and sell our products. Abbas Mithiborwala, Associate - Slim Tiles, Classic Marble Company (CMC) This year, the Zak Glasstech was one of the most important exhibitions for us. We see that the exhibition was well-received and the foot fall in our stall was very good. We saw participation of well-known companies like Sheuco, Global Aluminium, etc. who are big names in the window, façade and extrusion industry. A huge number of customers and suppliers have visited our stall and the facilities provided by the organisers were very good. We had exhibited the model of our plant in the UAE, which helped us to showcase and explain all our extrusion related facilities in a much better way. Dora Rada, Communication & Business Development Manager, Talex We feel very good to be associated with the Zak Expo. This is the one and only expo in which we participate since it brings in the apt B2B crowd with whom we are sure to do business, whereas other expos are B2Cfocused. We look forward to the next edition of the expo and wish the Zak team the very best. Hope to see a much bigger expo next year, attracting more relevant visitors. Hope the next edition will see stronger flooring since our equipments are very heavy. Deepak Khobragade, Director - Operations, Elumatec India The Zak exhibition is growing year by year. Besides quite an interesting people visiting our stall, they are quite curious to know about the new products, the brands and the technologies involved. It’s been good to receive such kind of audience. It is clearly helping us to disseminate the right information about our products. We have been participating the expo for the past many years and we are happy to be part of the Zak Expo. We look forward to the next year expo and see more architects at the expo. Dr. Prashanth Reddy, MD and CEO, FunderMax India Pvt. Ltd. We have been participating the Zak expo for the past few years. As compared to previous years, this edition is better since everything is under one roof. For the Zak expo, we normally book the stall quite in advance to get the best space. Visibility is important to showcase the products. Moreover, this is an opportunity to meet and connect with the people, otherwise there is hardly an occasion. The focus of this expo is on B2B unlike the others which are B2C. This is a place where we can renew our relationships, meet new people and come across our old customers. Prabhakaran P P, General Manager, NCL Wintech India Ltd. We have been participating in the Zak Expo since 2012, besides the World of Facades that we do with Zak. It has been a good experience all the way through. I must compliment that this year has been the best exhibition that I have participated. The quality of the crowd is fantastic. It is almost like we have a 100 percent real customers, could be developers, architects, consultants, fabricators, etc. We are able to attract people from sub-metro cities too. There are lots of key influential things we saw at the expo, which we have not seen before. That is a plus point. The exhibition was bigger this time. All of us who have been here for the four days will go back with all the good feeling about the Indian market, customers and the Zak Expo. We are looking forward to the Zak Expo 2018. Uday Shetty, Director, Archintex

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The Zak Expo helps us to keep abreast of the latest products, upcoming fenestration materials and also about new companies. This is the number one exhibition in Asia. Interestingly, we see a lot of crowd gathering at the uPVC stalls this year. I am surprised to see that the people of Mumbai are showing a lot of interest in uPVC products with lots of enquiries, though aluminium is the most sought after material here. I must say this is a good sign of growth for uPVC. B Jayarama Krishna, General Manager - Marketing, PlastOne (an NCL WINTECH & ADOPEN offering) Scheuco has been working very closely with the Zak Group not only for the expo, but for the seminars like World of Windows, World of Facades across India and now globally as well. We always have a positive experience as far as the exhibition is concerned. It is one of the very few and the original event in the industry. Everybody in the ecosystem of fenestration is brought together. This has been a very successful year for us in terms of participation in the exhibition. Of course, it has grown as compared to last year. We see more footfall in our booth and in the exhibition overall. Ayaz Danish, Manager-Marketing, Schueco India Pvt. Ltd. It has been a wonderful experience to be a part of the Zak Expo for the second time. We find it very useful in terms of meeting potential customers being in the early stage of business establishment. It was a perfect platform to display our product range which is developed totally new for the Indian market. We could draw attention of the customers with our windows and doors having unique features and nicely designed spacious stall. Quality visitors from across India visited our stall. This wouldn’t have been possible without the enormous efforts taken by the ZAK team to promote this show. We wish to extend your sincere thanks to the Zak team with a promise of participation in the next show in 2018. Nitin Jadhav, Country Manager - India, Salamander Window & Door Systems Pvt Ltd. It is a good exhibition. There is no other exhibition who covers complete sectors of window fabricators, builders and architects. So it’s a special one. Our only advice to the Zak organisers is that they can shift their location to a bigger one. D. Sampat Kumar, Director, Simta Clear Coats Pvt. Ltd. We participate in the Zak Expo every year. In fact, we have already booked a stall for the next year exhibition. We focus and make sure to display quality products in the Zak exhibition. Like every year, our motive is to give something new and fresh products. In the coming year, we will be showcasing laminated products, a new series and more. We are making an effort to come up with a new section, which will add diversity in our products. Ajay Kothari, Business Head – Sales, Lesso Buildtech Pvt. Ltd. We are participating in this expo for the second time. Many prospective clients visited our stall. After RERA has come into the picture, most of the unbranded and unorganized players have vanished. The trust quotient has gone up. Now the builders are looking for good products which could provide longevity. Mumbai, as the location for the expo, is fantastic, but the expo must also penetrate into tier-II cities. We look forward to see more builders in the next expo. Mahesh Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer – uPVC Division, Okotech We have been associated with the ZAK Expo for the past six years. We find it very useful, especially to be connected with people from the same industry. It’s a good exposure for us to sell our products. We are getting a lot more enquiries after participating in ZAK. No doubt, footfall in the stall has given us a good start. Markets have opened up. The GST and all the things have settled down and has done good for people like us and the real estate industry. We are looking forward to the next edition of the expo. Mohan Dandapani, General Manager, Innocoat System India Pvt Ltd This is our first time in the Zak Exhibition. It is interesting to see how the Indian market is learning very fast and catching up to the European standard. This expo is an ideal place to find customers and present our products and services. So it’s a good platform for us and we will definitely come back next year. Ralf Diller, Divisional Managing Director, Siegenia Yet another successful Zak Glass Expo has concluded! This year’s edition was bigger and more attendees than ever before and the high quality footfalls at our booth testifies that. My only suggestion would be to incorporate an RFID or QR-code based entry-badge system to capture our customer data quickly and efficiently. Look forward to participating in the 2018 edition and wish the organisers good luck for an even bigger show. Tariq Kachwala, Director, FG Glass As per the current market scenario, the Zak Expo is doing well. We witness the participation of good companies and a good crowd. There is a good change this year and we see improvement each year. Sachin Jain, Managing Director, DMR Facade Solutions This is our fourth time at the Zak Expo. The crowd has been much focused. It is exactly the customers we are looking for, and more and more fabricators come every year. Obviously, it is the best platform available. Proper exhibition hall would be a better option as we see a huge flow of visitors. HarshalOswal, Director, Kelegent MetaPlast India Pvt. Ltd. This year, the Zak Glasstech is better than most of the other events. We had an amazing stand at the exhibition. With all the stalls from many different countries, the experience was good. The facility was good and also the organisation. I think, this participation was a success for us. Philip Soares, Managing Director, Advanced Process Technologies The Zak Expo is a professional platform for doors and windows. At Zak, we meet a lot of new clients and the sales volume has increased a lot. Besides, we also get new information about our competitors and the market, and also the requirements of the client. This year, our new product - pvc rooftop has grabbed the attention of the visitors. Mars Dong, Sales Manager - International Trade Department, Huazhijie Plastic Building Material Co. Ltd. The Zak expo is doing extremely well. I see a lot of improvement this year. I see much better and organised layouts this year and a very good improvement in the overall organisation. I wish all the best for the future growth. Hemjith A Vengateri, Managing Director, ALUMILSystems India Pvt. Ltd This is an amazing exposition. We see all the right sectors linked up - the glass and the glazing as a component done in a large way, also the aluminium and the doors and windows. We thought no building can ever be built up without these components. The nature of technology is cutting across the country and we see participation from a large number of local and many international companies. I am sure people will be very happy to see, touch and feel all the new products available in the sector. V.Suresh, President, Good Governance India Foundation, and Chairman, IGBC Policy and Advocacy


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ZAK AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN FACADE & FENESTRATION WINNERS FELICITATED The first edition of the Zak Awards for Excellence in Facade & Fenestration, held at the Sofitel Hotel, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, on December 8, 2017, was a roaring success. By drawing together a large number of influential and interested members within the built environment, the aim of the conference was to honour developers, architects and contractors

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across India who have made exemplary contributions to the façade and fenestration industry through their class design & construction. In his opening address, Syed Ahad Ahmed, Director, Zak Group, emphasised the need for such an award, which is more relevant and urgent than ever before.

“The event has been a dream to salute people in the façade and fenestration industry and to reward their achievements”, he said. This grand black tie event provided a great opportunity to celebrate and honour the stalwarts in the façade and fenestration industry.

THE AWARDS Ernst & Young (EY), one amongst the big 4 of the world, were process advisors for the awards. The entries were judged by some of the world’s leading exponents of façade engineering and design. Amiya Swaroop, Director, Ernst & Young (EY) explained the rigorous selection procedure to the audience.

Welcome address by Syed Ahad Ahmed, Director, Zak Group

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We at Glass Wall Systems, want to take a moment for extending our most sincere thanks to all our esteemed clients for the conďŹ dence they have shown in us. Winning the ZAK Award is an honour to our workmanship and we take pride in it.

The august gathering at the glittering event

Over 500 architects, contractors, developers, façade consultants, fabricators and system manufacturers gathered under one roof

Amiya Swaroop, Director, Ernst & Young (EY) explained the selection procedure to the audience

Role of Ernst & Young

The Selection Process: The awards are regarded as a serious and highly desirable accolade. The main objective was to facilitate the industry icons and the stalwarts who are behind this difficult task of raising the bar in façade design & engineering. For the awards, applications from individuals, companies and project teams were taken into consideration by an expert panel of judges. The prestigious jury recognised those who contributed exceptionally well to the façade industry in terms of new design, refurbishment or innovation, glass

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Process Overview

Vishal Shah Director, Gleeds

KR Suresh Regional Director, Axis Facades

Micheal Chin Principal and Façade Leader, Arup, Singapore

Mahesh Arumugam Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

Nilabh Nagar Senior Associate Architect, Architect Hafeez Contractor

Pushyamitra Londhe Senior Associate Architect, Architect Hafeez Contractor

Naveen Venugopal, Consultant, BES Consultants

Deepak Chitnis Executive Vice President Design, Lodha group

Srinivas Hoizal Vice President - Façade, Lodha group

processing, etc. Winners in the following categories were identified by the jury members based on mutual consensus.

Srinivas Hoizal (Vice President - Façade, Lodha Group). Farid Khan (Director & CEO, Profine India) felicitated all the jury members at the event.

There were an incredible number of entries for each category and all were very worthy of consideration. More than 300 nominations were submitted in front of the jury for the first edition of the award. Judging the awards was an inspiring way of seeing details involved in the design and technicality of every supreme project under each category throughout the country. The standard was very high and it was gratifying to see the attention to detail and effort.


The Jury: The eminent jury comprised following experts: Vishal Shah (Director, Gleeds), Micheal Chin (Principal and Façade Leader, Arup Singapore), Nilabh Nagar (Senior Associate Architect, Architect Hafeez Contractor), Deepak Chitnis (Executive Vice President - Design, Lodha group), KR Suresh (Regional Director, Axis Facades), Mahesh Arumugam (Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology), Pushyamitra Londhe (Senior Associate Architect, Architect Hafeez Contractor), Naveen Venugopal (Consultant, BES Consultants), and

The award distribution started as the glittering function unfolded. Over 500 architects, contractors, developers, façade consultants, fabricators and system manufacturers gathered under one roof eagerly waiting for the announcement of winners. The guests were overwhelmed by the brilliant and thought-provoking keynote presentation by Michael Chin (Principal, Façade Engineering Leader, Arup) on ‘Digital Disruptions and its impact on Façades’. He demonstrated the effective integration of building information modelling (BIM) with building energy modelling (BEM) in architectural design today through his projects like the Jewel, Singapore; Living Canopy at South Beach, Singapore, etc. He further explained the use of robotics and artificial intelligence in building design and execution, replacing humans for those laborious and dangerous jobs involving great risks. Nov - Dec 2017 WFM  109

The details on the award categories, the winners and their winning projects S.No.


Winner Name


Zak Award for Excellence in Facade Design RESIDENTIAL

Cadence Architects

B - One, Bengaluru


Zak Award for Excellence in Facade Design COMMERCIAL

Cadence Architects

KMYF, Bengaluru


Zak Award for Excellence in Facade Design INSTITUTIONAL

Sunil Patil & Associates

Collector Office, Pune


Zak Award for Excellence in Facade Design HOSPITALITY

Ace Group Architects

Y - The Boutique Hotel, Mysuru


Zak Awards for Best Facade Project of the Year - DEVELOPER (COMMERCIAL)

ITC Group

ITC Green Centre, Bengaluru


Zak Award for Excellence Window Execution Glass Wall System - ALUMINIUM PROJECT

One Avighna Park, Mumbai


Zak Award for Excellence Window Execution Lingel Windows & Doors - UPVC PROJECT Technologies

The Leela Ambience Hotel & Residences, Gurgaon


ZAK Award for Excellence in Window Execution - UPVC RETAIL

Lingel Windows & Doors Technologies

Farm House - Mr. Saraf, Gurgaon


Zak Awards for Excellence in Facade Execution - SKYLIGHT

L&T Constructions

Seawoods Grand Central, Navi Mumbai


Zak Awards for Excellence in Facade Execution - CLADDING


TCS Gitanjali Software Park, Kolkata


Zak Awards for Excellence in Facade Execution - CURTAIN WALL


Godrej BKC, Mumbai


Zak Awards for Excellence in Facade Execution - POINT FIXED GLAZING

Aluplex India

Godrej One, Mumbai


Outstanding Contribution to the Facade Industry (Contractor)

Navin Keswani


Remarkable Facade Bringing Paradigm Shift Venkataramanan Associates & Glass Wall System


Outstanding Contribution to the Facade Industry (Architect)

Lupin Laboratory, Pune

CN Raghavendran, CRN Associates

The audience took a break from the excitement of award announcements when humour reigned supreme as the comedian Anuvab Pal took the stage with amazing vivacity and regaled the audience on India’s diversity with his sharp wit and side-splitting performance.

Keynote presentation by Michael Chin (Principal, Façade Engineering Leader, Arup)

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Project Name

The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Syed Zakir Ahmed, Chairman & Managing Director, Zak Group. The award night came to an end with great pomp and gaiety, celebrating and honouring the winners. The gathering enjoyed the fun filled evening with plenty of business networking opportunities and a gala dinner.

Comedian Anuvab Pal took the stage with amazing vivacity & humour


WINNERS Here is what the champions say about winning the Zak Awards for Excellence in Facade & Fenestration 2017 and being a part of the whole experience.

ZAK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FACADE DESIGN RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL One, Bengaluru & KMYF, Bengaluru - Cadence Architects “The immensely credible jury went into great depth to understand our projects, engaging an informative conversation on how the design was conceived. We are extremely honoured to be receiving this prestigious award. The Cadence team is earnestly grateful for the recognition we have received for our work”. Smaran Mallesh Partner & Founder, Cadence Architects

“Both the winning projects, B-One and KMYF, were driven by the intent to conceive neoteric environment, create affective spaces and staging lifestyles. Attempting to find beauty in the unfamiliar and achieving an effect of sensuality in design, our projects sensitively explore issues of regional culture, lifestyle and sentiments to address how people emotionally respond to architecture.

B - One, Bengaluru

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The facades for both the projects deliberately attempt to move away from the conventional one. The idea was to make the peels of the façades seem light and endow a sense of them billowing in the wind, and therefore lightness is a key effect that was intended to be achieved”.

KMYF, Bengaluru

ZAK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FACADE DESIGN - INSTITUTIONAL Collector Office, Pune - Sunil Patil & Associates (SPA) “We would like to thank Zak Awards for appreciating this project and honouring with an award as it will help us to spread this noble initiative to large masses and towards making greener India”. Ar. Sunil Patil Principal Architect, Sunil Patil and Associates

“We, at SPA, believe in climate responsive architecture and have been promoting it through our work. Our endeavour is to reinvent the vernacular elements from traditional architecture and use them in contemporary style creating ‘Contemporary Vernacular Architecture’. Collector office, Pune was part of such an initiative, where the façade has been designed considering the climate, usage and cost-effectiveness as it’s a government building”.

Collector Office, Pune

ZAK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FACADE DESIGN - HOSPITALITY Y - The Boutique Hotel, Mysuru- Ace Group Architects “Adjudged for ‘Award of Excellence’ - Hospitality Building, makes us proud and recognises the innovative creativity of using a simple material in a different way.” Dinesh Verma Principal Architect & Managing Director, Ace Group Architects [P] Ltd, Bengaluru

“The facade of the Y - Boutique Hotel is not only eco-friendly, but creates the dynamism required for a boutique hotel in terms of the changes in the mood of the building and provides full privacy to the guests. The fabric needs no maintenance, allows free flow of air and does not reflect harsh sunlight on the neighbouring buildings”.

Y - The Boutique Hotel

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ZAK AWARDS FOR BEST FACADE PROJECT OF THE YEAR DEVELOPER (COMMERCIAL) ITC Green Centre, Bengaluru - ITC Group “We thank ZAK Group for the awards and for conducting the year round conferences and annual awards on facades. This helps industry to share information on this well-deserved, yet less discussed, subject”. Tapan Mozumdar Senior Divisional Manager - Projects, ITC Limited

“Winning this award vindicates ITC’s vision to create projects of sustainable value. We thank the architects WS Atkins for conceptualising the façade, RSP/Meinhardt for doing the detailed design, Alufit for executing its construction and Asahi for meeting the stringent quality requirements for the glass. We hope that this building envelope continues to perform for its designed efficiency and provide comfort & elegant experience for its occupants in the years to come”.

ITC Green Centre, Bengaluru

ZAK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE WINDOW EXECUTION ALUMINIUM PROJECT One Avighna Park, Mumbai - Glass Wall System “We thank the entire ZAK Group &team for the successful event. This awards function has given an immense recognition to our façade & fenestration industry and a welldeserved appreciation to Zak Group and the team. We, as the winners in the category for Zak Award for Excellence Window Execution - Aluminium Project & other for Remarkable Façade Bringing Paradigm Shift, are delighted with this as an honour to stand-out as one of the best façade engineering company in India”. Kapil Chikodi, Head – Business Development, Glass Wall System “One Avighna Park project is one of the premium projects in Mumbai and being a residential project, it was indeed a challenging job interms of execution and logistics for delivery of material at site. For the first time we have used the PDNI Scheuco System from Germany for this project, which has large window openings. This system is fabricated to withstand higher wind speeds as it is facing the sea. The building height is 240 m, which stands out as one of the tallest buildings in South Mumbai. We feel very proud to be associated with the project and Zak Group for the recognition for which we stood as the winner”.

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One Avighna Park, Mumbai

ZAK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE WINDOW EXECUTION - UPVC PROJECT The Leela Ambience Hotel & Residences, Gurugram- Lingel Windows & Doors Technologies

The Leela Ambience Hotel & Residences, Gurgaon

The Leela Project: The existing situation at the hotel were disturbance due to noise pollution. The client instruction was not to change or replace the outer curtain wall or the internal wood cladding. The solution suggested by us was to

design completely new fixing details to connect our windows and doors to the existing structure of curtain walling as well as internal wooden cladding. The hotel was in running condition throughout the renovation work.

ZAK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN WINDOW EXECUTION - UPVC RETAIL Farm House for Mr. Saraf, Gurugram - Lingel Windows & Doors Technologies “We are elated to win two prestigious awards at Zak. This is an honour for us as this was tabulated by Ernst and Young. Both our projects were well screened by the jury members and presentations went on for over an hour. Every minute detail was taken into consideration. Calls were made to customers to check authenticity and customer satisfaction. Both our projects were unique and we won the Excellence in Window Execution- uPVC Project for The Leela Ambience Hotel and Residencies, Gurugram’ and ‘Excellence in Window Execution- uPVC Retail for the Project’ Farm House for Mr Saraf, Gurugram’.” Mario Schmidt Managing Director Lingel Windows & Doors Technologies Private Limited Farm Housefor Mr Saraf: Working on a tolerance level of less than 5 mm, considering an overall length of 22,000 mm left side of the building ending the window at a 90 degree corner bay pole with 4000 mm height is unique within India. The overall project contains five of those extraordinary large lift and slide doors. Complete planning and execution was done in house without any support from the external system provider.

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Farm House Mr. Saraf, Gurugram

Responsive to Challenges: The project was executed with the support from our German R&D team at our headquarter, on site by the civil contractor. Lingel had taken the entire responsibility of planning details and execution of work.

ZAK AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN FACADE EXECUTION – SKYLIGHT Seawoods Grand Central, Navi Mumbai - L&T Constructions We were waiting for this most prestigious award initiated in the Indian history of facade and fenestration. I always memorise the famous quote of John Quincy Adams, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Sanjay Sarwate Project Director – Commercial Buildings & Airports, Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), Mumbai, IndiaITC Limited “The atrium skylight with ‘bi-directional shell grid ellipsoid’ slim geometry,designed & built by L&T Construction at Seawoods Grand Central, Navi Mumbai is first of its kind structure in the country. It is India’s largest skylight with slender structural members, spanning – 72 x 42 m. Challenges are always associated with the effective deliverance of such a complex structure”.

Seawoods Grand Central, Navi Mumbai

ZAK AWARDS FOR REMARKABLE FACADE BRINGING PARADIGM SHIFT Lupin Laboratory, Pune - Venkataramanan Associates & Glass Wall System “Architecture is not about a shelter. It is not an enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think. It must provoke the didactic. It must be the spring shivering the cherry trees. The skin is the rigor. Lupin laboratories in Pune is the experience of that conversation. Iconic, innovates paradigm shift and an envelope that makes the building accurate as weather and salubrious to the landscape outside. The skin makes the pavilion office in a garden complete. It is an engineering feat. Every great architect is necessarily a great poet. He must be an original interpreter of his time, his day, his age. Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” Kumar Ravindra Director - Design, Venkataramanan Associates Lupin Laboratory, Pune


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Godrej BKC, Mumbai Alufit (India) Pvt. Ltd.

TCS Gitanjali Software Park, Kolkata - Alufit (India) Pvt. Ltd

“We were both surprised and delighted to have been chosen as winners in both the categories (Curtainwall and Cladding) in the first edition of ZAK Awards for Excellence in Façade & Fenestration ceremony. Having present in the façade industry for more than 30 years, we are passionate about providing services to our customers and going over and above the expectations of our clients is something which we continue to enjoy. After churning the things throughout the year, recognition of this kind is something we respect greatly. We feel privileged to be a part of the history and tradition of the Zak Awards.” Pankaj Keswani Managing Director, Alufit (India) Pvt. Ltd The architects for the project Godrej BKC were Skidmore, Owings &Merrill (SOM), USA. The 8,900 lakh project, having total façade area of 45,000 sq m, was completed in 15 months. Façade work had to start while the civil construction was still underway. Five floors had to be handed over within four months from award of contract. Alufit ensured timely delivery by designing& developing 68 dies and fabricating and installing four floors within 115 days, a record by any standard and acknowledged by Godrej. Besides shading devices, we designed & installed aluminium horizontal and vertical beaks weighing between 800-1000Kgs and up to 6m in length. To save time, all the elements were installed onto the unitised panels prior to lifting. We installed 950 automatic smoke vents and integrated it with the glazing as against conventional top hung vents. Solar panels were also introduced.

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Godrej BKC, Mumbai

The architects for the project TCS Gitanjali Software Park was ‘Cannon Designs’ USA and the contract was awarded to L & T and SPCL. Asymmetrical cladding panels with varying sizes, colours and designs were required to be fabricated. The entire unitised cladding along with thermal insulation supported on aluminium back pans was supplied from our international level quality controlled fabrication facility in Bangalore. The unique feature of this project is the sporadic placing of clad panels (butterfly panels) with uniform sightlines with varying colours. The cladding panels were inclined at an angle of 135 degrees to form the shape of butterfly and the whole look and feel was to give the effect of a butterfly in motion.

TCS Gitanjali Software Park, Kolkata


“At Aluplex, there is a lot of dedication and hard work that goes into every project we work in, wherein we strive to bend the limitations of possibility by using engineering innovations as well as stringent quality measures and advanced project management processes to ensure that each time we deliver a world class project creating customer delight for our clients and architects.” Godrej One, Mumbai

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE FACADE INDUSTRY (CONTRACTOR) Navin Keswani, Managing Director, Aluplex India Pvt. Ltd. “At the recently conducted Zak Awards, Aluplex was the most nominated facade contractor, with a total of six award nominations! It is always nice to be appreciated for the work we do and it re-affirms that Aluplex is the leader in facade engineering”. Navin Keswani Managing Director, Aluplex India Pvt. Ltd.

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OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE FACADE INDUSTRY (ARCHITECT) C.N. Raghavendran, Partner, CRN Associates of context as a whole, functionality, climate, form, materials, skill levels & the expressiveness of the building envelope. They help us to trace the evolution of architectural styles of various civilisations & cultures. Iconic buildings are well recognised as an exponent of a particular architectural style.It is no different today and so will it be tomorrow, except that these aspects will still remain as a recipe for the stamp we leave behind now, for future researchers to judge and evaluate our sensitivity & perception of the context of our times. Surely, their questions will assess how inventive, innovative & sensitive we were in our times. And also in creating icons of our times! “Zak award of excellence awarded to me is indeed a matter of pride and joy for me.” Zak Group recently launched another first for the Indian façade & fenestration industry - the Zak Awards for Excellence in Façade & Fenestration. Building envelope is one of the most important elements in buildings today, and this award highlights the innovative use of façades & fenestration and showcases the new technologies that continue to take this transformational building feature into new realms. A clear demonstration of excellence in technical design and research that has made a significant contribution to the discipline of façade engineering in the development of technologies, execution strategy and final product. Building form and envelope has always been the most readily recognisable element of buildings. But, we must understand that facade is not a mere fanciful adornment but important functional, at the same time, it is a creative element of architecture. This message needs to be spread. The new developments in facade have risen to such a scale that it is not only an art form, but one that involves high levels of science and technology. It is not just a mere skin to be looked at and casually commented by passers-by, but a vital building component that cannot be overlooked from indoor human comfort, health and wellness. Traditionally, in the history of architecture, in schools of architecture, we study the aspects


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Thus, I welcome that collaborative work, which is becoming the good practice of late. That is, the close links being developed between environmental experts, climate specialists, material scientists, structural designers, indoor wellness researchers who focus on human occupant comfort and health, life safety experts. And lastly but most importantly, the specialisation in processing & fabrication with precision & performance components. These crosslinked development forms the platform on which architects & facade engineers design their creative expressions. The fast changing urban economics, growing land shortage and optimisation of urban infrastructure, among other reasons, are also causing new forms and urban skylines. Thus, there is suddenly a whole new set of professional competence that needs to be acquired in awareness, skillsets and spheres of knowledge. What better forum can be created other than events such as the Zak exhibitions and award programme to recognise the exemplars to bring together diverse stakeholders and knowledge transfer and cross contributions? Zak has a track record of advancing such collaborations, but this first event of recognising professionals is a big step forward, which itself needs to be well recognised in the industry. C.N. Raghavendran Partner, CRN Associates, Chennai


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manufacturing of Aluminium and uPVC frames to the next level in fenestration segment. As a result, we are witnessing serious investments from pioneers of the segment like Alufit and also from new generation entrepreneurs like Glazium, Dodia Architectural, Beautex, KEF INFRA and UNIGLAZE, etc., have invested on FOM brand machineries to enhance their production capacity. We have learnt a lot in the past few years of our FOM INDIA operation, made our organisation support structure strong enough to handle such large and medium size customer requirements effectively. We are able to satisfy about 350+ fabricators with more than 1500 machines installed and

FOM INDIA has an infrastructure to support customers’ manufacturing challenges and to cooperatively seek solutions. The technology centre network has its headquarters campus in Bengaluru, and plans are in place to build new centres in the northern and western region. Our technology centre facilities are equipped with the most advanced machines and are staffed with process application engineers, a state-of-the-art training centre, spare parts and an area dedicated to service and support. It also encompasses a warehouse of assorted machines ready for prompt delivery and a front office perfectly integrated with the parent company and the world of FOM. Customers can enjoy free access to these resources, and to our supplier partners, to collaborate in a dynamic atmosphere for solving problems.

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BUZZ ACP MARKET SIZE EXPECTS AN OPTIMISTIC GROWTH BY 2021 As per the report of, the aluminum composite panel (ACP) market size is estimated to grow from USD 1.22 billion in 2015 to USD 177 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 6.58 per cent. The base year considered for the study is 2015 and the market size is projected from 2016 to 2021. The report aims at estimating the market size and future growth potential of the aluminum composite panels market across

different segments, such as coating base, type, composition, application and region. The other objectives include providing detailed information regarding the main factors influencing the growth of the market (drivers, restraints, opportunities, and industry-specific challenges). It also aims to study the individual growth trends, future prospects, and contribution of various segments to the total market. The study also analyses opportunities in the market for stakeholders and

details of competitive landscape for the market leaders. The study strategically profiles key players and comprehensively analyses their core competencies.

VEKA AND NCL TO SET UP UPVC MANUFACTURING UNIT NEAR HYDERABAD Germany’s VEKA group and NCL Group of Hyderabad have entered into a joint venture to set up a uPVC profile manufacturing facility near Hyderabad next year. This partnership brings together the India’s one of the largest Profile extruders (NCL) and one of the most prominent uPVC profile global leaders (VEKA) to cater to the growing requirements of uPVC windows in the country. The two companies will form a 50:50 joint venture and invest Rs. 45 crore in a new manufacturing unit with the capacity to house 30 extruders in phase one. As per the agreement, the JV will innovate and improve the quality of NCL’s products and services to the next level. VEKA group, will provide technology expertise to NCL Wintech, a part of the NCL Group. Through this association,

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VEKA group is all set to consolidate its presence in India. Andreas Hartleif, CEO, VEKA Group said, “The technological expertise that VEKA brings will allow our Indian operation to build a strong platform for product innovation and substantial growth in India.” He added that VEKA was keen on pursuing joint long term goals in India. VEKA group is the world’s well known manufacturer of uPVC profile systems for windows and doors. It has its manufacturing facilities in 12 countries and representative offices in more than 40 countries across the world. The NCL Group is a manufacturer of building materials and their product range includes cements, cement particle boards, AAC blocks, renders, and pre-coated

steel window systems. “With our market understanding and VEKA’s technology we look forward to upgrading the product portfolio for the Indian markets,” said AshvenDatla of NCL. He also added that the long term aim is to make India a manufacturing base and change the status quo of India from being a net importer to becoming a net exporter of uPVC profiles and windows.

LINGEL LAUNCHES LINGEL 6.0 ALUMINIUM WINDOW AND DOOR SYSTEM Lingel, a German manufacturer of uPVC doors and windows, has recently launched Lingel 6.0, aluminium window and door system. The range was launched at ACE TECH exhibition held in Mumbai and Bangalore. Lingel 6.0 is manufactured in collaboration with German engineers and partners based out of Kuala Lumpur’s Q-Windows.

Mario Schmidt, Managing Director of Lingel Windows and Doors Technologies said, “This is a huge milestone since the synergy of both systems uPVC and aluminum is helping us to get the product to an unmatched level. We at Lingel are always innovating and looking to create new products that are reasonably priced, without compromising on the quality of

the product. We have been the market leader in uPVC doors and windows and are hoping to achieve the same heights with Lingel 6.0.” The various options available in the range are entrance doors, slide and folding solutions, casement opening windows and lift and slide.

The display of the window is designed in such a way that one cannot figure out easily if it is wooden or uPVC door or window. Lingel 6.0 uses complete uPVC hardware range for aluminium windows. The unique features of this system, include60 mm wide section for frame and shutter, 2 mm outer wall thicker, SS grade and glued corner connector for all visible parts of the corners, chambers can be steel reinforced for additional strength, etc.

CMC LAUNCHES A NEW TILE COLLECTION “VILLAGE” Classic Marble Company (CMC) has announced the launch of a new product titled ‘Village’ in the large size porcelain tiles segmentTechlam. Inspired from wood grain, the tile brings out the laid back, quirky charm of the country side. The recurrent patterns on each slab merge and break in symmetries while the colours repeat at spontaneous intervals creating infinite spaces with a minimalist setting. This versatile tiles are available in a variety of shapes and colours. It can be used both in interior and exterior floors and walls as well as in surfaces for counter tops and tables offering an endless number of application possibilities. Its large-format

makes installations seamless offering continuity in patterns and which subtly blends with the décor of the applied space. Additionally, these tiles are resistant to fire and heat and also to scratches. The colours of the tiles remain intact

over time without any trace of fading or discolouring. Techlam tiles are available in the standard format of 3000mm × 1000mm and has a thickness of only 3 mm.

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DECEUNINCK OPENS ITS FIRST EXPERIENTIAL STORE Deceuninck, Belgium-based major in uPVC door & window system, is eyeing to expand its footprint in the Indian renovation and individual home owners market with its first experiential store opened recently in Saket, New Delhi. Its products are used worldwide in varied climatic conditions i.e., tropical climates like that of Chile/Brazil or hot climates like in the Middle East or the high UV areas in parts of Australia. As for India, at a time when New Delhi and other parts of India are struggling to keep its noise and air pollution under permissible limits and extreme temperatures at bay, Deceuninck’s uPVC doors and windows will help in reducing the noise and pollution levels considerably and guard from extreme hot weathers. Satish Kumar, Country Manager, Deceuninck, said, “Noise is a major issue in most cities across India considering the traffic snarls, urbanisation and rapid increase in metro network. Our Zendow system has the potential to offer high noise insulation and air tightness against the pollution.” The company is betting on the Indian market’s huge growth potential and the demand in housing sector increasing every year, especially in the urban and semi-urban areas. Francis Van Eeckhout, CEO of Deceuninck, said, “India has a very high potential considering the growth of housing sector in India, implementation of new policies like RERA, GST, lower interest rates, higher disposable income in the mid-high end

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segment, affordable home sector growing at a fast pace given its infrastructure status and of course better informed, internet savvy customers of today. Indian consumers are gradually understanding the necessity of high-quality windows behind the glamorous curtains.” He added, “We plan to be in both the project and retail segment in India. Envisaging the retail customer’s demand for various colour profiles, we stock wide range of white as well as colour laminated profiles. Our new custom built 35000 sq ft warehouse in Chennai stocks nearly 500 tonnes of profiles at any point of time to support our customer’s needs.”

Through the new store, Deceuninck will be catering to B2B as well as B2C customers at the same time. The experiential store will offer architects and interior designers too so that the customers can explore the infinite design possibilities with uPVC windows and doors. Besides, the company aims to roll out a slew of marketing and promotional initiatives in next couples of years. In the next phase, similar experiential stores will be opened up in Bengaluru followed by Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad.

WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL: AR.SANJAY PURI BAGS AN AWARD Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) was recently held honouring excellence in architecture fraternity at the Arena Berlin in Germany. The winners were selected out of shortlisted 434 projects across 68 different countries, and featured various categories, including small family homes, schools, stations, museums, large infrastructure, landscape projects, etc. Interestingly, Ar.Sanjay Puri has bagged an award in the Infrastructure-Future Project category, asserting Indian architecture identity once again at the global level. His project ‘The Bridge’ at Ras, India was recognized for his innovative approach to local tradition of brick making, expressed in the project in a very contemporary way. Besides, his projects Ishatvam 9, Ranchi and The Guild, Bengaluru were also shortlisted in the Housing and Future Projects-Culture categories at the WAF. This year, the World Building of the Year for 2017 was awarded to post-earthquake reconstruction/

Norman Foster receiving the award for his contribution to Architecture

demonstration project of Guangming Village, China by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, for its novel technique for cheap rammed earth construction. WAF Programme Director Paul Finch said, “This building is a demonstration that architecture is just as relevant in the poorest of communities as it is in the richest.” The Director’s Special award was conferred on Marc Koehler Architects for the project ‘Superlofts Houthaven’ Amsterdam, Netherlands, which was the winner of the Housing category.

World Building of the Year 2017 supported by GROHE: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Postearthquake reconstruction/ demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China

The legendary architect, Norman Foster, received an award for his contribution to Architecture.

Infrastructure - Future Projects Winner: Sanjay Puri Architects, The Bridge, Ras, India

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WAF concluded with the announcement of Amsterdam as the next year’s location for the festival. WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange and be inspired. It is the world’s largest international architectural event.

NOTION LAUNCHES CLADDING RANGE Notion, an interior and exterior flooring brand, has launched a new trendy and stylish cladding range for facade. The range adds an additional layer of material on walls, and provides not only protection and insulation but also an aesthetic effect. According to sales director Akash Saini, “Notion offers the largest range of timbers, widths, lengths, looks and finishes for exterior use. The product is 100 percent natural and quality is assured through trustworthy production methods. From the crucial drying process to the expert grading selection, we care intensely about the wood types we select and the way we handle them and treat them. Our collection is well suited for outdoor use and protects walls from extreme cold

to hot and dry to humid weather conditions.” The advantages with Notion’s claddings are that all fixing is done by means of an omega-shaped stainless steel clip. All boards are manufactured with double groove profile and don’t need to be drilled. It has a safer and smoother uniform surface, which remains untouched, minimises risk

of splinter and fissure forming. A 4mm gap between boards is the optimum space for wood to expand and contract, and allow enough expanse for air circulation. Through special specification, planning, design and finishing processes, timber cladding not only creates a building of superior strength, good acoustic and thermal performance, but enhances its beauty and natural appeal.

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