The event last month, with 12 Speakers and five high-powered sessions, took off successfully.
Buildings today are complex concatenations of structures, systems and technology. Smart buildings go well beyond just using smart materials and protocols and look beyond the building equipment within their four walls. The Smart Buildings Summit, organised by Construction World and Smart Cities Council India, got underway in Hotel Four Seasons, Mumbai, on August 21, 2015. The summit´s theme was ´Smart Buildings: Redefining Our Buildings´. In his welcome address, Pratap Padode, Founder & Director, Smart Cities Council India, emphasised on the need for smart buildings and our responsibility to conserve resources, affirming that 60 per cent of our GDP comes from cities. ´I am waiting for 2022, when CW will name the ´Smart Building´ the ´CW Man of the Year´.´ he said.
Focusing on the need of the hour, V Suresh, Vice Chairman, National Building Code of India (NBC), in his keynote address, emphasised on new township development due to the rising population. He spoke about the revised version of the Building Code, which is expected by the end 2015. With building materials going through tremendous technological changes, ´Prefabricated concrete is going to be a major component, so are structural glazing and glass; the most important component being green building,´said Suresh.
The first session, ´Smart Buildings: Changing Landscape in India´, focused on key initiatives taken in India to develop smarter buildings; the benefits of having smart buildings; threefold integrated building planning with architects, structural engineers and technology players; lifecycle costing; and better management of power, water and waste.
The session, ´Smart Building Technology´, focused on smart elements to optimise the overall building performance; the future of building automation; the challenges and opportunities of systems integration; benchmarks for smart meters; innovative technologies for smart and optimum utilisation of water and waste; technological advances to predict and address failures; and remote monitoring and management.
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Part of the inaugural session was an international case study by Margeret Boethig, GMP Architects, Germany, who spoke on smart building components. ´The structural order is important while designing a building,´ she underlined. To conclude the summit, Rakesh Bhatia, Vice President-Ecofirst, Tata Consulting Engineers, presented a case study on Risk Assessment and Retrofitting to Make Buildings Smart, showcasing the Bombay House at Fort, which was retrofitted and received an IGBC LEED Gold rating. He said, ´A smart building should have established protocols to operate efficiently, and be an intuitive and living structure, a timeless beauty.´