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Vedanta Lanjigarh wins CII National Award

Vedanta Limited, Aluminium & Power Business’s Lanjigarh unit is conferred with the ‘Excellent Energy Efficient Unit’ award at the CII’s 20th National Award for Excellence in Energy Management 2019. The unit achieved its best process efficiency in FY19 and registered the lowest energy consumption in the refinery’s history. This resulted in the lowest greenhouse gas (GHG) emission in Lanjgarh unit’s history, in the process of creating a global benchmark for a coal-fired refinery. Acknowledging the recognition, Rakesh Mohan, COO – Vedanta, Lanjigarh unit said, “The award bears testimony to some of our advanced energy efficiency practices aimed at reducing Specific Energy Consumption (SEC) and cost. Vedanta is committed to upholding sustainable practices in its operation with the highest e...

Going Green with Building Materials

by Amit Khanna The architecture of every epoch is defined by its materiality. Whether it be the fortified stone cities of South America, the intricately carved and marbled Mughal architecture of the Indian Subcontinent, or the elegant steel and glass structures of Industrial Europe, buildings can easily be positioned in their time in history simply by looking at the way materials have been employed in their construction. Even architects have been historically defined by the materials they can masterfully maneuver and abstract to their vision. The sinuously curved steel bridges of Calatrava contrast sharply with the austere monastic concrete buildings of Ando, which could never be mistaken for the swooping and visually arresting work of the late Zaha Hadid. Within this context, contemporary...

Are Green Buildings the solution to Energy Crisis?

– by Anushree Ghosh In the last few decades, energy consumption has increased multiple folds and despite several awareness campaigns, we don’t see a solution in the immediate future. The limited available energy resources are not enough for the mushrooming population and the excessive use of resources is hurting economies and obstructing the development in many countries. India, being a developing country still needs to pull up a lot of resources to avoid a crisis-like situation. We are already under the radar, as most of our population has recently been exposed to modern technology and with no restrictions, we are bound to overusing these resources, thus increasing the demand substantially. To prevent unnecessary waste of resources and mitigate climate change, the need is to find a ...

The solution to today’s urbanization issues lies in our glorious architectural heritage: Mitu Mathur

The ruins of Indus Valley Civilization established one thing for sure, that India’s knowledge about urban planning was way ahead of its peers. However, be it the curse of colonization or the short-sightedness of the governments post-independence that we Indians completely messed up when it came to developing world-class cities. Today, due to the pressure created by the increasing population, we need to develop planned cities, says Ms. Mitu Mathur, Director, Gian P. Mathur – Architects & Planners. While discussing the need for sustainable development with Team RealtyMyths, Ms. Mathur emphasized on the need for long-term planning and execution. Here are the excerpts of the interaction. RM: India, being a developing economy, is facing the problem of acute urbanization. The existing ...

Target of Housing For All by 2022 will be met two years in advance: Hardeep Singh Puri

The mega mission of the Modi government to provide a roof over the head of each Indian household by 2022 is a highly ambitious agenda that faces formidable challenges but Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri set the temperatures soaring further high when he announced that his ministry is all charged up to meet this target two years in advance, that is, by 2020. Mr. Puri also made a significant point that while in the Congress-rule, urban rejuvenation programs received a sanction of Rs 150000 crore, in the present dispensation’s rule this figure has gone up by six times. Soon out of 100 Smart Cities announced, the government will be able to roll out 50 smart cities by December 2019, he revealed. “The 2022 target of a pucca home with basic facilities i...

The G20 Roadmap to Infrastructure as an Asset Class

Infrastructure is the backbones of a country’s economy – growth of both – physical and digital infrastructure is needed for achieving sustainable development. Larger infrastructure investments by the government are considered positive in generating higher economic output by creating demand, and in the long term by amplifying the overall productivity. According to the Global Infrastructure Hub, “The Group of Twenty (G20) was established in 1999 as a forum for governments and central banks from the 19 largest national economies and the European Union to discuss policy relating to the promotion of international financial stability and coordination of economic policy.” The G20 clearly understands the critical role of infrastructure in the progress of a country and the need to manage investment...

Schneider Electric launches Innovation Challenge, ‘Hackware 2019’

Schneider Electric India today announced kick-starting its innovation challenge ‘Hackware 2019’ in India. The contest will offer an open platform for seasoned experts as well as budding engineers to share ideas that can reshape the future and showcase the criticality of sustainability. Built around the three themes – (Decarbonization, Decentralization, and Digitization) of EcoStruxure, Schneider Electric invites participants to present their bold ideas around the areas impacting sectors of Urban, Residential, Buildings and Industry. The 72 hours hackathon will include Masterclasses on technology, innovation, design thinking and keynote by experts. Teams will be selected during the hackathon to make their presentations to an esteemed jury for the selection of winners. Schneider ...

Asia Pacific Commercial Real Estate Owners Focus on Resiliency as Environmental Risks Increase

Asia Pacific commercial property owners and managers are deploying greater resources towards ensuring buildings are more resilient to the long-term environmental challenges. The deepening industry focus on enhancing resiliency in commercial real estate assets is resulting from the coordinated efforts of building owners, tenants, contractors, and local authorities, according to CBRE’s Global Resilience & Property Management 2019 report. The resilience of property portfolios to environmental stresses is a growing concern for real estate investors with a long-term horizon. According to respondents, key environmental considerations driving increased focus on building resilience in commercial real estate assets include: Resilience as a capital generator: Allowing buildings to sustain capita...

Conscious design: The cities of future

by Mitu Mathur One of the biggest questions raised in the architecture industry is how rapid Urbanization is shaping the face of urban thinkscapes in the country. In order for us to not lose out on an opportunity to create a better future for the coming generations, the issue is of prime concern today. It is crucial that architects, as well as developers, carefully address – Going ‘High-Rise’, integrated with Good Construction practices that govern the upcoming development, a cognitive understanding of users’ stimulus to the built environment and the technology at hand. Outlining a design approach that recognizes both design and awareness for a long term use to create something that re-enables, re-empower and reimagines sustainable living is the need of the hour. Land being a nonrenewable ...

Is Green Construction the future? – RealtyMyths

by Anushree Ghosh With increasing urbanization, people are constantly migrating to the cities. This is leading to congestion, in terms of space and resources. Thus, more and more houses are built and are planned to be constructed to accommodate the increasing population. The construction sites near the residential areas cause pollution of different kinds that affect the inhabitants. These pollutants can interfere with the natural composition of the air, water, and soil, by introducing toxic elements. This could lead to hazardous health issues for the construction workers. To reduce the global warming effects and the increasing levels of pollutants from the construction of houses, dams, flyovers, and streets we need eco-friendly construction methods. Sustainable construction aims to highlig...

NBCC ups contractor liability to plant and maintain trees at project sites.

Stipulates planting 5 tree for every Rs 1 crore value of a contract Navratna public sector undertaking NBCC (India) Limited has issued revised General Conditions of Contract (GCC) making it mandatory for contractors to plant 5 trees for each Rs 1 crore value for projects having estimated cost upto Rs 100 Crore. For projects valuing between Rs 100 crore and 300 crore, the contractors will now have to plant and maintain 500 trees plus 2 trees for each Rs.1 crore value above Rs 100 crore. Similarly, for projects valued at over Rs. 300 crore, the contractors will have to plant and maintain1,000 trees plus 1 tree for each Rs.1 Crore value above Rs. 300 crores. “The contractor at his own cost will plant at least 5-feet-high trees of different varieties at the project site, or in any specified ar...

JK Cement announces International Conference in Gotan on United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals

JK Cement Ltd, India’s premier cement company will host Yadupati Singhania Children’s International conference on United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, between August 19-21, in Gotan, Rajasthan. The conference aims at showcasing the work done by JK Cement in furthering the agenda of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Gotan and its nearby regions. This first-of-its-kind event will see participation from dignitaries from across the world, including Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi – Member of Indian Parliament, from the New Delhi constituency, and spokesperson, Bhartiya Janata Party. Besides Ms Lekhi, other key dignitaries include Mr. Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Commission of Government of India, and Mr. A.R. Kohli, Former Governor of one of the States...

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