HomeNews

Low carbon bricks developed using C&D waste

Researchers at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a technology to produce energy-efficient walling materials using construction and demolition (C&D) waste and alkali-activated binders. These are called low-C bricks, do not require high-temperature...

This Taj Mahal was built in just eight days!

Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 and was built along the southern bank of the River Yamuna over the course of twenty years.  It is said that its construction enlisted a workforce of no...

Supply overhang is a cause of worry for commercial real estate

Unlike residential segment, India’s commercial real estate segment may not have smooth sailing post Covid-19, reveals a research study conducted by Edelweiss Securities. While practice of ‘Work from Home’ has already sown seeds of...

Professional movements in real estate sector

With economic activities slowly getting back on track, real estate activities, especially commercial real estate, are expected to pick up pace. Accordingly, professional movements in the sector too are increasing. Here is the list...

GBCI reaches milestone of 200 facilities achieving TRUE certification

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the world's leading sustainability and health certification and credentialing body, has announced that it has surpassed 200 TRUE certified projects. TRUE (or Total Resource Use and Efficiency) is administered...

Several AC manufacturers show interest in PLI scheme

52 companies have filed their application with committed investment of Rs 5,866 crore under the PLI scheme to incentivize the domestic manufacturing of components of White Goods (Air conditioners and LED lights), applications for...

Home owners want to buy second one within two years

A survey carried out by Savills India has revealed that almost 70 per cent of respondents want to invest in a second home priced at Rs two crore or less and that too within...

Eight-fold increase in expenditure on urban development

Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs and Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Hardeep Singh Puri has said that there is eight-fold increase the total expenditure on urban development as over the past six years...

1st phase of Chandni Chowk makeover completed

With the first phase of the Chandni Chowk renovation/redevelopment getting over, the 1.4-kilometre stretch between Red Fort and Fatehpuri Masjid has been converted into a pedestrian-only zone between 9am and 9pm, besides providing several...

Mahesh Ramanujam to step down as CEO of USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors has announced that Mahesh Ramanujam will be stepping down as president and CEO of USGBC, Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) and Arc Skoru in November. “After...

Time has come for adopting the model building by-laws for new buildings: VP

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has appealed to all states and local bodies to consider adopting the model building by-laws for new buildings. He also advocated the need to make solar rooftop...

Healthy buildings can improve the cognitive function

New research has found that healthy buildings with enhanced ventilation can improve the cognitive function and health of occupants, suggesting that ventilation and filtration are preeminent healthy building strategies. The study, COGfx Study 3:...

Professional movements in building materials sector

With economists and analysts expecting further improvement in the economy in the coming months, building materials segment is getting its act together to reap the benefits of the growth. This is clearly visible in...

Ayodhya Ram Mandir to be ready for devotees by 2023

A review meeting was held recently to take stock of the progress of the work on Ram Mandir at Ayodhya and noted that the construction work of Ram Temple is proceeding as per schedule....

IIT Roorkee displaces IIT Kharagpur as top architecture school in India

In a major surprise IIT Roorkee has secured the first rank in Architecture sector in National Institutional Ranking Framework, 2021 announced yesterday by the Union Education Minister, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan. Incidentally, last year’s topper,...

Varanasi Smart City Ltd and NIUA hold a City Stakeholder Consultation

National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) in partnership with Varanasi Smart City Ltd (VSCL) organised a city stakeholder consultation in Varanasi to create a collaborative and participatory roadmap towards the vision of Sugamya Kashi...

Five Cities in Uttar Pradesh can avoid Flooding by Harvesting Stormwater

Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Prayagraj, and Moradabad cities together contain more than 2,000 ha of planned open spaces, which provide an opportunity to harvest over 2,600 million litres of stormwater annually, according to...

Marathon Group announces launch of new project at its township

Marathon Group, one of Mumbai's leading real estate developers has launched of a new tower, Bodhi, at Marathon Nexzone - its flagship, award-winning township at Panvel. Bodhi is a proposed 33 storey tower and...

Cement demand and price decline in August

Usually, August is the month when Monsoon reaches its peak and covers almost whole of the country. This is also the month when the construction activities touch the lowest level. Though Monsoon this year...

Anant Fellowship for Climate Action announces its last round of applications

Anant Fellowship for Climate Action, announces first set of fellows for 2022 cohort, admission open until 18th Sept 2021 Amidst the release of the IPCC report, which has marked the next two decades as crucial...

Housing cycle is on the cusp of a turnaround: Report

According to a report prepared by broking house, Edelweiss Research, housing cycle is on the cusp of a turnaround. Housing demand momentum is presently very strong and due to various factors, this momentum is...

Wood panel industry is worried as phenol price shoots up

Cost inflation is going up unabatedly and manufacturers are finding it difficult to contain it. Wood panel industry too is struggling to contain the impact of increase in the price of phenol which has...

Mahindra Lifespaces adopts Stay-in-Place formwork technology

Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited (MLDL), the real estate and infrastructure development arm of the Mahindra Group, has announced the adoption of Stay-in-Place formwork along with multiple new technologies for speedier construction, and improved cost...

This corporate headquarter was formerly a Church!

We have often heard “Work is worship” but in this case the phrase has been taken to a new level. Audible's main headquarters at 1 Washington Street, the Innovation Cathedral, was once the house...

Twin towers planned in Mumbai’s Navy Nagar

The Indian Navy is planning to construct a twin tower of ground+32 floors to augment facilities for married sailors at the Navy Nagar. The foundation stone for this 'green buildings project' was laid yesterday...

This white mosque is world’s greenest

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) last week inaugurated the world’s first mosque to receive the platinum rating for green buildings by the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v4) from the US...

Bangalore’s proposed IT building will be Green one

A new income tax office is proposed to be built at plot No. 4, 5 and 6, Infantry Road, Bengaluru which will be constructed by Bangalore Project Circle, CPWD. The proposed office building of...

India’s first building made of bio-bricks inaugurated

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Hyderabad has built India’s first building made of bio-bricks from agro-waste. IIT-H will submit a proposal to the Ministry of Agriculture to promote its wider adoption by...

Odisha amends urban development Act

Odisha government last week effected several changes to its some of its oldest statutes which may help to enhance the operational efficiency of the state machinery. The government has amended the 65-year-old the Odisha...

Professional movements in urban planning/design sector

Urban design and planning is presently a hot topic and it will continue to remain so in foreseeable future. A brief list of professional movements in the sector in recent months is given below. Abhishek...

Delhi opts for precast technique to build 7 new hospitals

Delhi government has decided to go for precast technique to build seven hospitals that the government is constructing as part of the preparations to tackle the possible third wave of Covid-19. Since the time...

Investment in WHRS helping cement companies to lower carbon footprint

According to a study done by ICRA, use of waste heat recovery systems (WHRS) will help the cement manufacturers in achieving reduction of carbon footprint, apart from reducing the cost of energy. WHRS are ...

Jodhpur railway station gets IGBC platinum green rating

Jodhpur station has been awarded Platinum Green Railway Station rating by the Indian Green Building Council - Confederation of Indian Industries (IGBC-CII) for the best environment friendly practices and systems. According to Senior PRO of...

Home sales in Mumbai surges ahead in August

The Mumbai BMC region (Churchgate to Dahisar and Colaba to Mulund) recorded property registrations of 6,784 units in August, registering a growth of 157 per cent compared to the same month of last year,...

India’s 1st 5-Star hotel on railway tracks is now open for public

Built on the airspace of a conventional railway station and 22 meters above ground, The Leela Gandhinagar is now open for public. Owned by Brookfield Asset Management’s the Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, the...

CEPT varsity’s programme recognised by WHE

THE World Heritage Institute of Training and Research – Asia Pacific (WHITRAP) has recognised CEPT University’s Programme in Conservation and Regeneration as a “commended case”. It was presented as a part of the side...

Construction industry accelerating innovation, risk management: Survey

The 13th edition of KPMG's global construction survey presents something to cheer about after more than a year of upheaval. The survey presents an optimistic outlook with two-thirds of project owners predicting an expansion...

Indian real estate attracts $2.4 billion investments in H1 2021: Colliers

According to Colliers’ latest research report, investments in real estate properties in India went up to $2.4 billion (Rs 18,600 crore) in H1 2021 (January-June), representing a 52 per cent increase from inflows in...

SC orders demolition of Supertech Emerald’s twin 40-storey towers

A Supreme Court bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah has directed demolition of twin 40-storey towers of the realty major's Emerald Court project in Noida for violation of building by-laws...

GIFT City becomes India’s first Platinum rated city

GIFT City has become India’s first Greenfield Smart City to achieve the IGBC Green Cities Platinum rating. GIFT City, India’s only operational smart city and International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), was awarded the Green...

This hanging park takes landscaping to new heights

It’s a park, the newest one, in the San Francisco Bay Area that homes 600 trees and 16,000 plants arranged in 13 different botanical feature areas. Though there may be several parks around the...

Murals may be used to beautify Guwahati flyovers

The Guwahati Development and Urban Development (including Town and Country Planning) Ministry is planning to beautify parapets and pillars of flyovers in Guwahati, the state’s largest city, with colourful graffiti. The existing flyovers, as...

CWBP e-Toolkit as decision support system launched

City Water Balance Plans CWBP e-Toolkit, a decision support system tool for the municipalities and sector stakeholders, to enable achieve the Government's initiative of making +4,000 cities water positive under the Jal Jeevan Mission...

Volume on UNESCO Heritage Sites of India made available

A publication titled, "Incredible Treasures" encapsulating the rich cultural treasures of India inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage is now available for the benefit of heritage lovers. UNESCO and Mapin publishing houses have joined...

Professional movements in architecture and design industry

Lot of shuffling is taking place in Architecture and Design sector. Here are some instances of professional movements in the industry in recent weeks. Ameya Bhabal  is now Design Architect at Archgroup International, Dubai. Ameya...

Surat city aims to reuse 100% waste water by 2030

If everything goes as planned, Surat city may become India’s first ‘Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD)’ city. According to Mr. Banchhanidhi Pani, Municipal Commissioner, Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), planning to achieve 50% ZLD by 2025...

ACC and Ambuja Cement focus on green and sustainable construction

Aligned with ‘Net Zero’ target for 2050 with intermediate SBTs for 2030 of parent company Holcim, Ambuja Cement and ACC have undertaken an industry-first approach - leveraging sustainable construction through green products, to reduce...

Admissions to undergraduate programs now open at CEPT

Admissions are now open at CEPT for five-year long program that leads up to the award of the B. Arch. degree. It equips students with the competencies necessary for being effective professional architects and...

Homebuyers feel prices to rise in next 1 year: Survey

According to a survey by Knight Frank, 64 per cent of the ‘Mainstream Indian Segment’ that represents the mid-end income segment, expect the value of their primary residence to increase in the next 12...

New advanced oxidation technology can reduce waste water reuse cost

The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi, has developed a technology called The Advanced Oxidation Technology or TADOX® which ‘can reduce less dependence and load on biological and tertiary treatment systems and help achieve...

MoHUA’s river centric urban guidelines ready

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has prepared River Centric Urban Guidelines to be circulated in states and Union Territories. This information was given by Mr. R. Srinivas from Town and Country Planning Organisation,...

SCALE Committee recommends development of furniture hubs in the country

The Steering Committee for Advancing Local Value-Add and Exports (SCALE), chaired by Mahindra & Mahindra MD and CEO Pawan Goenka, has recommended development of three-four integrated mega furniture hubs in proximity to ports for...

Indias first smog tower inaugurated in Delhi

With the inauguration of smog tower at Connaught Place in Delhi by the Chief Minister, Mr Arvind Kejriwal, India got its first smog tower and also big boost to its fight against air pollution....

NMA drafts heritage laws for two more Odisha monuments

Pursuing its policy of framing monument and site-specific protection and conservation laws, the National Monument Authority (NMA) of Culture Ministry has issued draft heritage bylaws for two more heavily encroached temples of Bhubaneswar...

Multi-storeys can be constructed with Thermocol

Researchers at IIT Roorkee have found that thermocol or Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) used as a composite material in core of reinforced concrete sandwich, could resist earthquake forces on up to four-storey buildings. The researchers tested...

Healthy demand to boost long-steel manufacturers in H2FY22: ICRA

Following around five years  of  anaemic long-steel  demand,  ICRA  expects  a strong uptick for long products, stemming from increased infrastructure and construction activity as the country attempts to “build” itself out of a Covid-induced...

Redevelopment plan of Dadar station likely to be cleared soon

Things seem to be moving in the right direction for the redevelopment of Dadar station, one of the busiest stations in Mumbai, as the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation of India (IRSDC) has submitted...

Nagpur Zero Mile Metro station is unique in many ways

Last week, Mahametro's Zero Mile Station and Freedom Park in Nagpur were inaugurated virtually by flagging off first train on this route. Its expected that the Sitabardi-Zero Mile-Kasturchand Park corridor established by Mahametro in...

Narayankoti temple to be renovated

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed last week by the Union tourism minister, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, the culture department and Socio-Legal Research & Education Foundation (SLRE) for the facelift of Narayankoti temple...

Work on Hyderabad’s tallest residential project starts

Work on Hyderabad’s tallest residential tower, 44-storey Olympus, in Gachibowli/Nanakramguda, Near Waverock has started. Spread across 5.06 Acres, Olympus has been launched by Sumadhura Group, in collaboration with Vasavi Group. The consortium will invest Rs...

UTDB plans Tulip garden in Pithoragarh district

Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) is planning to develop a tulip garden in the District of Pithoragarh. Forest department has transferred the land to Tourism department for project and work at ground will be...

UNESCO Appeals for Protection of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage

The United Nations cultural agency UNESCO has called for the protection of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage and to ensure a safe environment for artists, days after the Taliban swept to power in Kabul. It may be...

Professional movements in real estate industry

With life slowly crawling back to normalcy, real estate activities too are expected to pick up pace in the coming days. This has resulted in increased professional movements in the industry in recent weeks....

Telangana State government constitutes heritage panels

Telangana State government has finally issued a notification thus paving the way for constituting State Heritage Authority, District Heritage and Precincts Committees, and Greater Hyderabad Heritage Precincts Committee. The notification has been issued four...

India born Priyanka deSouza joins CAP’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Mumbai born Priyanka deSouza will be joining the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) at the University of Colorado Denver this Fall as an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning. deSouza is highly...

Home textile exporters to clock 20 pc growth in FY2022: ICRA

According to ICRA, Indian home textile exporters are set to register robust performance during FY2022, thanks to pandemic-induced lifestyle changes stemming from heightened consciousness about hygiene and increased prevalence of stay-at-home options. These factors...

Union Cabinet approves phase down of Hydroflurocarbons

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer for phase down of Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) by India, adopted by...

Prime residential prices declined marginally in Delhi in Q2   

New Delhi saw a marginal decline of 0.2 per cent year-on-year in prime residential prices, leading to the drop in global position from 32nd rank in Q1 to 37th rank in Q2, according to...

Now geospatial data collected by government is freely available

Geospatial data collected by government is now freely and easily available to citizens and organizations in India for the first time. This is made possible with the inauguration of three online applications --- Survey...

First phase of Monte South project in Mumbai completed

Adani Realty and Marathon Group have completed for phase 1 of their joint venture luxury project in Byculla - Monte South. The project has received the occupation certificate. Monte South is an award-winning luxury project...

Adhesive manufacturers see further softening of VAM price

Adhesive manufacturers like Pidilite Industries are breathing easy as the price of Vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), the main raw material used in the manufacturing of adhesives has started cooling off. The adhesive industry expects...

2nd UNWGIC to be held in India next year

The second United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) will be organized by India in October next year and the curtain raiser for the same was organised on Monday. The curtain raiser event was...

Andhra Pradesh eyes UNESCO heritage tag for Lepakshi temple

Despite having rich heritage background, Andhra Pradesh is one of the few leading states in the country that doesn’t have any heritage site listed on UNESCO World heritage list. Now the state government is...

CBRE expects substantial changes in workplace format post COVID-19

According to CBRE, the workplace would continue to veer away from traditional closed spaces and towards shared formats, with monitoring of space usage remaining an important part of workspace strategies. Moreover, the property consultant...

Corrugated tin sheets as interior design material!!

Sky is the limit for a designer’s creativity and this is once again confirmed in this project where the designer has used corrugated sheets for interior design of a retail store at Kuala Lumpur...

Two heritage school buildings to be restored in Puducherry

Stage is set for the restoration of two dilapidated heritage buildings that housed government schools in the Union territory of Puducherry under the Puducherry smart city development project. Puducherry Smart City Development Limited (PSCDL)...

Professional movements in building materials industry

Not only the prices of building materials is going up but also professional movements in the industry is increasing in recent months. Here is some important professional movements in the industry during last few...

Carbon Concrete: Nicer, Faster, More Efficient

The classic reinforcement steel in structures made of concrete finds an alternative in carbon fibers bonded with plastic. Above all, the C³ joint research project - led by the TU Dresden - has been...

Average ticket price, property size in NCR reduced in past 5 years: Report

A report by Anarock Property Consultants said that the average ticket price of properties being launched now has reduced from Rs 68.20 lakh (during 2010-2015) to Rs 56.25 lakh (2016 to H1 2021). The...

Data centre park to come up in Noida

The government in Uttar Pradesh plans to develop a data centre park, spread over 200 acre of land at Sector-28 of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) in the Noida district. The implementation of...

Handbook on EV Charging Infrastructure in India released

NITI Aayog yesterday released a handbook to guide state governments and local bodies to frame policies and norms towards setting up charging networks for electric vehicles (EV). The objective is to enhance charging infrastructure...

16 lakh houses are being built using alternate technologies

According to Shri Kaushal Kishore, Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, around 16 lakh houses are being constructed using innovative and alternate technologies under PMAY-U and other Schemes in...

Banks show interest in funding stalled projects of Amrapali group

According to NBCC Ltd, banks have shown interest in providing funds to complete the stalled projects of defunct Amrapali group. More than 42,000 homebuyers, who have been waiting for possession of their dream homes,...

IIFL & ADB to support green housing in India

IIFL Home Finance and Asian Development Bank have signed an agreement to support and foster the green building ecosystem in the country. This is ADB’s first such agreement in the private sector in India....

Residential sales rise 75% in first half of 2021: CBRE

Housing sales across the country recorded over 75 per cent growth during the first half of calendar 2021 on a year-on-year basis, as per the CBRE data. Pune led the sales growth march with an...

PAT Cycle-VI aims to achieve a total energy savings of 1.276 MTOE

PAT (Perform, Achieve and Trade) Cycle-VI which had commenced with effect from 1st April 2020 is targeted to achieve a total energy savings of 1.276 MTOE. These 135 DCs are under process of implementation...

JLL ties up with Zapkey for its foray into secondary residential market

JLL, a real estate consultancy firm, has entered the country’s secondary residential market via a strategic partnership with Zapkey, a Propstack subsidiary. With this first-of-its-kind association, JLL aims to reach out to customers struggling...

TERI report suggests sustainable water management in construction sector

A study report by TERI in collaboration with Mahindra Lifespaces has suggested various measures to reduce water consumption and increase water efficiency in construction sector which will lead to  sustainable water management in the...

UNESCO raises concern over safety of Archaeological Site of Olympia

As the forest fire in Greece, due to protracted European heatwave, is threatening the archaeological site at the birthplace of the modern Olympics – Olympia, UNESCO and its World Heritage Centre have observed the...

Indian Institute of Heritage will be a world-class university: Minister

Indian Institute of Heritage will be a world-class university that would focus on the conservation and research in India’s rich tangible heritage, while offering research, development and dissemination of knowledge, excellence in the education...

The Vessel may find it difficult to sail through in the present form

‘The Vessel’, the 16-story honeycomb designed by Heatherwick Studio in Hudson Yards in New York, is once again in news but for all wrong reasons. Last month a 14-year-old boy plunged to his death...

Floods in Gurugram attributed to shrinking water bodies and green cover

A recent study report on water sustainability issues in Gurugram by the Mahindra-TERI Centre of Excellence, has attributed the increased intensity of floods during monsoons in Gurugram to reduction in catchment area with shrinking...

No specific steps to encourage Miyawaki technique

Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has told in the Lok Sabha that no specific steps have been taken to encourage Miyawaki technique in...

No zone is declared as carbon-neutral in Kerala: Minister

According to the Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, no zone has been declared as carbon-neutral in Kerala. Minister’s statement comes on the heels of recent newspaper reports...

Professional movements in Climate Change and Sustainability field

Presently, Climate Change and Sustainability are hot topics globally as well as in India too. On professional front too lot of movements are taking place in this sphere. Here is the list of some...

Sculpture by Lebanese architect Karam to commemorate victims of Beirut blast

The Gesture is a large-scale temporary sculpture conceived by Nadim Karam in response to the 4th of August explosion that destroyed the port of Beirut and its surroundings killing thousands and leaving more than...

NMHC will have a pavilion for each coastal State & UT

According to Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the proposed National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) at Lothal, Gujarat, will have a pavilion for each coastal State and Union Territory (UT)...

KBOCWWB to coach construction workers’ children for higher examinations

Karnataka Building & Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board is planning to impart coaching to 800 candidates of Registered Construction Worker’s Children through (classroom) offline/on-line as decided by the Board through candidates of Karnataka State...

Museums face shortage of museum management people

Indian Museums are facing acute shortage of human resources having experience and knowledge of Museum management.  The dearth of human resources faced by the Indian Museums is also a stark pointer to the absence...

Techno-economic feasibility study of Ujjain Railway Station undertaken

According to Railway Minister, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Ujjain Railway Station in the State of Madhya Pradesh has recently been identified for redevelopment and entrusted to Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) to undertake technoeconomic feasibility...

editor's picks

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news from Sawdust

Supply overhang is a cause of worry for commercial real estate

Unlike residential segment, India’s commercial real estate segment may not have smooth sailing post...

This Taj Mahal was built in just eight days!

Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 and was built along the southern bank of...

GBCI reaches milestone of 200 facilities achieving TRUE certification

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the world's leading sustainability and health certification and credentialing...