Skylight Systems

Skylights in India Traditionally, skylights have been a European concept, where natural light is a scarcity. India is a country full of natural light. With more than 300 bright sunny days a year, why would we need a skylight anyway? However, in the recent past, the design trends have changed. The l

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Skylights & Roofing

Glass roofs are a vital source of daylight, reducing the need for artificial lighting. In recent years, installation of a skylight has become one of the most common choices for home and office lighting. A skylight provides daylight, ventilation and a view of the night & day sky. When properly se

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Facade & Fenestration Industry in India

Indian façade and fenestration industry is directly linked to the construction and real-estate industry’s performance. The Indian window and door (all material) market was around Rs.10,000 crore in the year 2012 and Rs.13, 000 crore in year 2013-14. As per report by Ken Research, Indian doors and

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Curtain Wall Systems

Curtain Wall Systems With urbanization inclined perpetually towards fostering construction of multi-storeyed buildings in metropolitan and developing cities, façade selection emerges as a critical component. Modern façades have to incorporate functionality, durability, aesthetics and energy con

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Architectural Hardware ‘Less is More’ is the Latest Trend

Right choice of architectural hardware is one of the key elements to success of a project. Knobs, hinges, latches, levers and locks are gadgets which allow us to navigate through buildings. Use of high end technologies has increased many fold, enabling improved hardware design and production with re

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Smart Facades Responsive Designs for Optimal Day Lighting & Energy Conservation

Façade & Fenestration is often considered the biggest hurdle in achieving higher levels of energy efficiency in buildings. Buildings have evolved from being predominantly passive systems to having high levels of internal control due to addition of man-made materials. With increase in artificial

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Facade Design & Technology for Fire Safety in Buildings

Innovative facade design has improved greatly in the recent past. However, facade design does not cater for active fie protection except for the recent inclusion of the automatic smoke vent for all glass buildings. Appropriate testing of facade materials and the fie stopping systems are critical to

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Fire & Life Safety An Introduction

All buildings are susceptible to fie and this aspect needs to be considered during design since it impacts safety of human life. There has been enormous increase in buildings of all classifiations consequent to socio economic progress made in the country over the last two decades. In the 1990s came

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uPVC Doors & Windows: Current & Evolving Market Scenario

Windows and doors play an important role in design aesthetics and energy performance of buildings, be it commercial, institutional or residential. They provide physical and visual connection between the inside and outside and enhance the overall appeal of the building. Rising demand for well-desi

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Fundamentals of Fenestration

Windows’ is derived from Old Norse word – vindauga—vind+auga = wind+eye. Windows are to buildings what eyes are to the face. Windows and doors blur the distinction between the inside and the outside world. They are defined as an opening in the wall made to facilitate ventilation, light and vie

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