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Change for the Better

Pre-engineered buildings (PEB) are highly environmentally-friendly and popular despite the volatile rise in raw material prices. By Jayashree Kini Mendes The good part of pre-engineered buildings or PEB is that they are customised. Not the standard designs that come with brick and slab or precast. In India, most PEBs continue to be confined to factories, warehouses, infrastructure segments, among others. Ev ...

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RESOURCING THE FUTURE

Despite the fluctuations in the mining industry, the sector is seeing much activity so as to make available raw materials for production. BY Team CW The rapid pace of growth that the mining industry had been enjoying for over a decade was arrested in 2008–09, with the advent of global recession. World economic growth decelerated quickly, adversely affecting both developed and emerging economies. Circa 2018: ...

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Tall Order

With a growing number of high-rises, supporting them with the right products can be a daunting task for developers. Vendor companies, though, are rising to the occasion. By Mitalee Kurdekar Building vertical cities in the form of high-rise buildings is no more a luxury, but has come to be a requirement of our times. The need for optimal utilisation of scarce urban space means that vertical cities are here t ...

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Site Seer

Irfan Razack, CMD, Prestige Group, is astute when it comes to choosing prominent locations and building landmarks. This instinct veered him to novel aspects of development such as retail, hotels, tech parks, SEZs and townships. By Jayashree Kini Mendes One can spend hours constructing a narrative about how impactful an idea can be, but nothing changes if you don’t deliver on that idea. Shipping—or bringing ...

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In the Pipeline

The Indian plumbing industry is on its way to getting organised and better supporting developers with improved solutions. By Mitalee Kurdekar Traditionally, plumbing has been regarded as a low importance segment of construction activity. However, it has now assumed high importance in terms of modern-day construction design. Architects and developers, with the support of professional Mechanical, Electrical a ...

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Digging Deeper

Faced with growing demand, excavator & motor grader makers in India are welcoming the opportunity with more technological interventions and value-additions. BY Mitalee Kurdekar As per recent reports, the construction sector in India is slated for a compounded annual growth rate of double digit figures during the five years leading up to 2020. Considering the huge focus on and growth already being witnes ...

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Building landmarks

Façade contractors are a unique breed. The kind of engineering they apply to a building to create architectural marvels is nothing short of a miracle. We feature 10 outstanding façade and window projects that have become indicators in the city they are in. BY Jayashree kini mendes Novelty in buildings are becoming the norm of the day. And the first thing that is obvious in buildings is the façade. This can ...

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The Proof is in the Roof

Roofing and waterproofing are important aspects of a home and must have the right materials and technology to make homes leakproof and weather-proof. By Bindu Gopal Rao As an alternative to asbestos roofing systems, screw down metal roof systems has been extensively used in the industrial and warehousing roofing in India. Trapezoidal roofing sheets are manufactured on state-of-the-art cold roll forming line ...

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Spreading their Wings

The construction material-lifting arena is witnessing the rise of new technologies to meet evolving requirements like a safe working environment, optimal cost management and negotiating compact workspaces. While the global crane market is growing steadily, the Asia Pacific market within that is growing much faster in comparison. The drivers are different, in a way. Globally, the market is driven by the ever ...

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Road Test

With an enviable programme in place for expanding India’s roads & highways network, the Government has set the ball rolling. But the true test lies in ensuring purposeful execution. India boasts of the world’s second largest road network, and given the length and breadth of the country, this is no surprise. With an expanse of 5.4 million kms, Indian roads support the ferrying of more than 60% of goods a ...

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