The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs conducted awareness on Construction

Shillong, May 27: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in partnership with GIZ and Building Material and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC) recently conducted an Awareness Programme on Innovative Construction Technologies and  Thermal Comfort for Affordable Housing named RACHNA for the Architecture Dept. of North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.

In the two day programme Mr. L J Singh Dean – School of Technology, NEHU, while inaugurating the Programme, updated that it’s a one-of-its-kind initiative whereby the students would be introduced to thermal comfort and its necessity in the affordable housing sector.

He further informed that Smt. Ragini Goswami, ECBC Master Trainer, would discuss with the upcoming architects on thermal comfort basics, material influences, low-cost solutions & codes that are available in India to create Climate-Smart Buildings.

The GIZ representatives, Shri Rajesh Debbarma Team Manager and  Engineer, Shri Rahul Bose Architect along with Shri Sayan Maitra Marketing & Communication Expert, shared that post the training of Day 1, there will be an architectural design problem given to the students, whereby they have to come up with the solutions. Once evaluated, the winner and  the 1st runner up will be awarded.

The programme was also graced by Shri BanbhalangSwer, Teacher-in-Charge, Architecture Dept. of NEHU, along with the other faculties. Inspired from Prime Minister’s futuristic outlook to promote the future potential technologies through incubation support and accelerator workshops and to create an environment of research and development in the country.

The MoHUA has initiated the Global Housing Technology Challenge – India (GHTC-India) with an intent of recognizing a plethora of new-age construction technologies from across the globe for housing construction sector which can deliver ready to live-in homes in minimal time and cost with high-quality of construction in a sustainable manner.

Under GHTC-India, the six LHPs has been identified for application of such technologies and  Agartala being one of those. The technology that has been adopted there to build 1,000 dwelling units is Light Gauge Steel Frame system with Infill Concrete Panels.

Light Gauge Steel Framed Structure with Infill Concrete Panels (LGSFS-ICP) Technology is an innovative emerging building and construction technology using factory made Light Gauge Steel Framed Structure (LGSFS), light weight concrete and precast panels.

The LGS frame is a “C” cross-section with built in notch, dimpling, slots, service holes etc. produced by computerized roll forming machine. These frames are assembled using metal screws to form into LGSF wall and roof structures of a building. Provisions for doors, windows, ventilators and other cutouts as required are incorporated in the LGSFS.



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