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This office design is inspired by Indian palaces

Skootr, a Premium Managed Office Space operator, has modelled its newest office in Cybercity Gurugram drawing inspiration from India's rich cultural heritage of magnificent palaces with a touch of contemporary luxury. The workspace is...

Rs 554 crore spent on Centra Vista so far

According to a written reply given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Kaushal Kishore, in the Lok Sabha yesterday, Rs 554.19 crore have been spent so...

New launches continue to fall in October

According to a research report by Edelweiss, new launches in the month of October continued to fall and were down 24% MoM and 47% YoY at the pan-India level in top 7 cities. On...

Cement demand declines in November

Cement demand was muted during November and the expected demand pick up post festivals didn’t happen this year resulting in double digit decline in demand for the commodity. However, strong institutional demand due to...

Timber or steel? Study helps builders reduce carbon footprint of truss structures

Buildings are a big contributor to global warming, not just in their ongoing operations but in the materials used in their construction. Truss structures — those crisscross arrays of diagonal struts used throughout modern...

Tile exports in 2nd quarter slows down

Tile exports from Morbi during July-September period has slowed down considerably due to non-availability of containers and also high ocean freight rates. Morbi exporters also now face the problem of rising natural gas price...

AC sales – some lose while some gain

Air conditioners market displayed a mixed reaction during this festive season as some manufacturers gained market share while some lost. Premium products saw increased enquiries during the festive season while the performance of entry...

Efficient Electric Water Heating Could Slash Multifamily Buildings’ Carbon Emissions

Efficient electric water heaters in multifamily buildings cause less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of gas-fired products, presenting a key climate opportunity, according to a study. The report by the American Council for...

Tamil Nadu government releases data center policy

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M K Stalin last week unveiled the ambitious Data Centre policy after inaugurating the 20th edition of 'Connect 2021' in Chennai. The Data Centre policy aims to promote...

Smart City projects worth Rs 53k crore have been completed

As on 12 November 2021, Smart Cities, under Smart City Mission, have tendered out 6,452 projects worth ₹ 1,84,998 crore; out of which work orders have been issued in 5,809 projects worth ₹ 1,56,571...

Pilot project launched to revive the traditional Namda Craft of Kashmir

The government has launched two projects— (i) Revival of Namda craft of Kashmir as a special pilot project under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 3.0 and (ii) upskilling of artisans and weavers of...

India’s biggest urban development body is formed in Andhra

Kadapa which is incidentally Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s native district, is now the biggest urban development body in India. Spread over 12,780 sq km, Annamaiah urban development authority (UDA) that...

Cement price may be hiked again in December

Cement manufacturers are likely to hike prices once again in December, though the costs have started moving southward. In November, cement manufacturers had hiked the prices by 6% to cover cost inflation. However, part...

Govt can consider PMP for AC industry: Jain

The government is willing to look at extending a phased manufacturing plan (PMP) for the AC industry to check imports and increase local value addition and employment, Shri Anurag Jain, Secretary, DPIIT has said....

Professional movements in urban planning

Urban planning and sustainability are two hot subjects where lot of activities are taking place both at national and state/local levels. Of course, lot of recruitments too are taking place in this sector. Here...

University of Birmingham Dubai offering M.Sc. Urban Planning

The University of Birmingham Dubai is now inviting applications for Masters in Urban Planning for January and September 2022 entry. Eligibility for the course is a four-year Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject or...

Living walls can reduce heat lost from buildings by over 30%

The study, conducted at the University of Plymouth, centred around the Sustainability Hub -- a pre-1970s building on the university campus -- and compared how effectively two sections of its walls retained heat. Despite being...

India gets elected to UNESCO World Heritage Committee for 4-year term

India has been elected to the World Heritage Committee of the UN’s cultural organisation for a four-year term, a week after the country was re-elected to the UNESCO Executive Board. The Committee is responsible...

52 lakh houses completed under PMAY-U so far

The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) has approved the construction of 3.61 lakh houses in 17 States/UTs under Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP), Beneficiary-Led Construction (BLC), In-Situ...

Real Estate industry on the course to healthy recovery: Report

According to Infomerics Valuation and Rating Pvt Ltd., a SEBI-registered and RBI-accredited financial services credit rating company, after being hit hard by Covid-19 due to scarcity of labour and low budget spending, India's real...

Insulation using popcorn?

Building insulation has become an increasingly important topic in recent years. Good exterior insulation reduces heating costs, which means lower CO2emissions. Now-a-days, sustainable natural insulation materials are already available for the interiors of buildings....

MB Power supplies CFA to ACC’s cement plant

MB Power, a leading diversified power producer, has started supplying Conditioned Fly Ash (CFA) through Indian Railways to the ACC's cement factory in Kymore, Katni. MB Power will transport the CFA from its flagship...

Zaha Hadid Architects completes Infinitus Plaza in China

Construction of Infinitus Plaza, the new global headquarters for biotech and pharmaceutical company Infinitus, has been completed in Guangzhou, China. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects in the shape of an infinity symbol the workspace...

India Pavilion recognized as ‘One of the Most Iconic’ at Dubai Expo

The India Pavilion at EXPO2020 Dubai, has been recognized as ‘One of the Most Iconic’ pavilions among participating country pavilions by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Incidentally, the pavilion is one of the...

Andhra Pradesh govt to withdraw three-capital cities Bill

Andhra Pradesh government has announced that it is withdrawing the controversial AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020, and the AP Capital Region Development Authority (Repeal) Bill, 2020, which entailed chief...

Indore cleanest city, Chhattisgarh cleanest state

For the fifth consecutive year, Indore was awarded the title of India’s Cleanest City under Swachh Survekshan, while Surat and Vijayawada bagged the second and third spots respectively in the ‘more than 1 lakh...

EESL to partner with private sector ESCOs

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of public sector undertakings under the Ministry of Power, is developing business models for collaborating with private sector Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and broadening its service...

Professional movements in interior design sector

After Covid-19 induced inertia of more than a year, interior design sector is slowly crawling back to normalcy. Here is the list of some of the professional movements in the field during last few...

India to announce and award its cleanest cities tomorrow

President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will honour the awardees of Swachh Survekshan (SS) 2021 at the ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’ organised by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi tomorrow....

‘Green Buildings are a huge opportunity to slow down warming earth’

According to Jamshyd Godrej, Past President CII, Green Buildings are a huge opportunity to slow down a rapidly warming earth. He was speaking at the inaugural session of Green Building Congress 2021. “Action by businesses...

Telangana among top 5 states in green building projects

Telangana has catapulted to the top five states to incorporate green building principles in the construction sector. 475 projects from Telangana are registered under the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), which is leading the...

BHEL develops Air Pollution Control Tower inhouse

Central PSU, BHEL has developed inhouse the State of the art, prototype Air Pollution Control Tower (APCT) in Noida. Union Minister of Heavy Industries Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey inaugurated the prototype yesterday. Designed and developed...

Construction workers’ body drags govt to court over construction ban

National Campaign Committee for Central Legislation on Construction Labour, a construction workers’ body, has dragged the government to Supreme Court seeking ex-gratia relief schemes for daily workers who will suffer loss of income due...

CM Patnaik to lay foundation for Heritage Corridor soon

CM Naveen Patnaik is expected to lay the foundation stone of the heritage corridor any day between November 21 and 24. As per rituals planned, the Ankur Ropana niti is scheduled to be conducted...

SC ruling may deter builders from challenging RERA orders

A three-member Supreme Court bench, led by Justice U U Lalit, last week upheld a provision in the real estate law, which makes it mandatory for builders to deposit full compensation and interest ordered...

Carbon dioxide emissions from cement production can be drastically reduced

Global warming and affordable housing are two dominant topics of public debate. Climate protection is achieved by reducing emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2). Housing is generated through more housing being built....

SOM proposes to transform the built environment into a network for absorbing carbon

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) one of the leading architects have put forward a proposal at COP26 in which the built environment could be a solution to the climate crisis, rather than part of...

Work on India’s largest automated central kitchen begins

SATS Ltd. (SATS) has begun the construction of S$37 million, 14,000 sq.m central kitchen which is expected to produce up to 170,000 ready-to-eat meals per day and be operational in 2022. The central kitchen...

Country’s most modern railway station inaugurated

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday inaugurated the revamped Rani Kamalpati railway station in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal city. Previously known as Habibganj, the "most-modern" railway station has been renamed after Gond queen Rani Kamalpati. The station...

CIDCO to prepare development plan for 32 villages in Khopta New Town

The Government of Maharashtra has appointed CIDCO as the Special Planning Authority for the Khopta New Town Notified area. This area covers 32 villages, 7 villages from the Panvel Tehsil of the Raigad district...

Polymer discovery gives 3D-printed sand super strength

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory designed a novel polymer to bind and strengthen silica sand for binder jet additive manufacturing, a 3D-printing method used by industries for prototyping and...

From Greenhouse Gases to Green Cities: Building a Low Carbon and Resilient Future

From Accra to Ahmedabad, and Tirana to Tulum, cities are the powerhouses of economic and social opportunities, attracting millions of people each year. This migration, alongside the fact that extreme climate events like droughts...

Professional movements in real estate sector

Sharp and quick turnaround in the fortunes of real estate sector in recent months has been accompanied by high profile professional movements in the sector. Here is the list of some of the professional...

Lack of trained professionals is barrier for green building growth in India

According to the latest report titled ‘World Green Building Trends 2021’ by Dodge Construction Network in association with USGBC, in India the top barrier for the growth of green buildings is the lack of...

Govt tries to address liquidity issue of construction sector

In an attempt to ease the liquidity crunch faced by the construction sector, the government has decided to pay 75 per cent cent of the contract amount due to contractors even if such payment...

World’s largest steel and concrete buyers make game-changing push for greener solutions

The governments of the United Kingdom (UK), India, Germany and Canada, under the new Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative (IDDI), announced a pledge that sends a clear message to heavy industry – “If you make...

Towards Net Zero Energy

We can create net zero energy buildings delivered through design solutions that combine cost-effective energy efficiency paired with renewable technologies. Optimizing energy use is crucial to reducing the carbon impact of the built environment. Equally...

Challenges fail to weaken commitments to green building

According to 2021 World Green Building Trends report, of which USGBC is a contributing partner, despite the challenges of the last two years, commitments to increase green building efforts continues to remain strong. The...

Karnataka frames new rules for sand mining & procurement

To make sand available easily and at a cheaper price, the Karnataka state cabinet has framed new rules and guidelines for the sand policy. Though the previous government under BS Yediyurappa had announced the...

LeadIT Hybrid Summit held on the sidelines of COP 26

On the sidelines of COP 26 in Glasgow, the LeadIT (Leadership Group for Industry transition) Summit 2021 was held in hybrid mode presided by India and Sweden. LeadIT is a voluntary initiative for promoting...

Srinagar joins the UNESCO Network of Creative Cities

The city of Srinagar has joined the UNESCO Network of Creative Cities. This was announced by UNESCO on its official website on Monday wherein 49 cities have joined the elite list. It has been...

India’s 1st World-Class Railway Station in Habibganj ready for inauguration

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate India's 1st World-Class Railway Station in Habibganj which is also the first station to be redeveloped/revamped under private and public sector partnerships in the country. The railway...

UltraTech commits to Net Zero Concrete Roadmap

UltraTech Cement Limited, India’s largest manufacturer of grey cement, has announced its commitment to the GCCA 2050 Cement and Concrete Industry Roadmap for Net Zero Concrete. The commitment to produce carbon neutral concrete by...

Hyderabad emerges as India’s top commercial realty market

According to Colliers, after an average performance in Q2 2021, Hyderabad has emerged as one of the most resilient cities in terms of demand-supply dynamics. It is for the first time that Hyderabad was...

India’s online furniture & home market to reach $40bn

According to a research report by Bengaluru-based market research firm RedSeer, India's online furniture and home market is geared up to reach $40 billion in the next five years. The market will be mainly...

UIA launches new sustainable development award

The International Union of Architects (UIA), in partnership with UN-Habitat, has launched the UIA 2030 Award to promote the work of architects contributing to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development together with the...

We are in early stages of a residential real estate upcycle: Report

Indian residential real estate sector is in an early stage of upcycle, says a research report published by Emkay Research. Basing its projections on new launches till June 2021, the research report expects that...

Cement demand surges in October

The railway freight data for October 2021 indicates a strong uptick in cement volume transported (through railways) which has gone up by 15% MoM. As compared to corresponding month in 2020, transported volume has...

Professional movements in building materials sector

With demand for building and home improvement materials rising, professional movement in the industry too is going up. Here is the list of some professional movements in building and home improvement materials sector. Deepak Sapru ...

Cement manufacturers breathe easy as coal prices stop climbing

At last, there is some good news for cement manufacturers as the coal crisis seems to be coming under control which may also ease the pressure on its prices. With coal prices receding from...

To promote clean energy, Power Ministry proposes amendment to EC Act

With an objective to enhance demand for renewable energy at the end- use sectors such as Industry, buildings, transport etc., the Power Ministry has proposed certain amendments to Energy Conservation Act, 2001. According to...

DIGIT now the National Platform for Urban Governance

Enabling access to civic services and providing ease of living for all citizens, eGov Foundation's DIGIT platform now supports the National Urban Digital Mission with the objective of supporting effective citizen-centric governance. NIUA and eGov...

WEF announces 10 Green Building Principles

Companies needed a roadmap to get their real estate to net zero carbon emissions. Now they have one. To guide real estate investors and occupiers on implementing and achieving their net zero carbon targets...

BPCL & IOC plan mega EV charging infra push at pumps

As the country’s mobility plan moves towards electric vehicles, oil marketing companies, viz., Indian Oil and BPCL, have planned to give a mega push to set-up e-vehicle charging infrastructure at existing fuel pumps. While...

Major amendments proposed to EC Act to promote clean energy consumption

The government is proposing certain amendments to Energy Conservation Act, 2001 to enhance demand for renewable energy at the end- use sectors such as buildings, industry and transport. The new proposal comes amidst the...

Professional movements in urban planning sector

In consonance with the hectic activities in the sector in recent times, professional movement in urban planning is also picking up pace. Here is the list of some of the movements in urban planning...

L&T to construct 3 buildings of Common Central Secretariat

The construction arm of L&T has bagged the order for its Buildings a Factories business from Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to construct Common Central Secretariat Integrated Buildings 1, 2 and 3 in Plot...

Office space renewals gaining pace post pandemic

According to a latest report titled "Evolving office space trends in a post-pandemic world" by Colliers' and Propstack, occupiers are increasingly renewing their office spaces since April 2020 when the pandemic started. Renewals for...

India’s Sundarbans among 5 sites with highest ‘blue carbon’ globally

According to a new assessment of greenhouse gas volumes emitted from and absorbed by forests in Unesco World Heritage sites, India’s Sundarbans National Park is among five sites that have the highest blue carbon...

Cementing the future for informal workers in construction sector

Godrej Properties Limited (GPL) in partnership with Dasra, has launched the report ‘Inclusive by Design: Cementing the Future for Informal Workers in India's Construction Sector’ which provides actionable insights on the systemic barriers that...

UNESCO team visits Visva-Bharati

A couple of days ago, a team of representatives from the International Council on Monuments and Sites and the Archaeological Survey of India visited Visva-Bharati, to assess whether the site met the parameters for...

This sky scraper is known for its lesser width than its height

This skyscraper on Manhattan's Billionaire's Row is popular not because of its height but because its world's thinnest skyscraper with a width-to-height ratio of about 1:24. 111 West 57th Street, a 1427 foot tall...

Cement demand to rise in FY22, so too prices

Faster-than-expected recovery in the Housing sector along with government's thrust on infrastructure spending is expected to boost cement demand by 10-12 per cent in FY22, says a research report by Brickwork Ratings. The growth...

Office space leasing shows signs of revival: Edelweiss

Office space leasing at 4.3msf in Q3CY21 shows signs of revival, says a research report by Edelweiss. The report also expects that the consolidation in the office space in favour of financially strong developers...

A zero-waste eco-resort in the Philippines

The Nautilus Eco-Resort project is unique as the architectures of this Eco-Resort are inspired by the shapes, structures, intelligence of materials and feedback loops that exist in living beings and endemic ecosystems. This is...

Export of tiles from Morbi dips in September

Exports of tiles from Morbi has seen sharp fall in the month of September due to reduced competitiveness of the manufacturers. According to some analysts and experts, exports have come down to Rs 600-700...

Professional movements in architecture and design sector

Demand for architecture and design professionals is growing as the construction activity is picking up pace post lockdown 2.0. Here is the list of some professional movements in the architecture and design industry in...

Advanced Residential Training Programme on Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) - School of Water and Waste (SW&W) will be conducting advanced residential training programme on Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP) - Rainwater Harvesting at different scales. It...

Office space leasing increased by 89% QoQ in Q3 2021: Colliers

The top six cities of India achieved about 10.3 million sq ft of office gross absorption in Q3 2021, the highest volume recorded since Q1 2020. After a devastating pandemic second wave in the...

Building materials drive carbon emissions, and they’re set to grow

A new study from Leiden researchers shows that the carbon emissions of building materials are set to grow if we do not act rapidly. Even with known interventions implemented in concert, these emissions are...

ASI illuminates 100 Monuments on achievement of 100 crore vaccinations

The Archaeological Survey of India of Ministry of Culture illuminated 100 Monuments in Tri-color across the country as India achieved the landmark milestone of administrating 100 crore COVID vaccinations in one of the World’s...

IIM Bangalore plans ‘legendary landmark’ second campus

The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, is developing a new campus on 110 acres at Mahanthalingapura Village, Anekal Taluk, Bengaluru urban district. The new site is about 25 km from the existing campus and...

Cement manufacturers plan another price hike

According to some unconfirmed sources,  the cement manufacturers are likely to hike the prices of the commodity once again in October, the second one in a span of few weeks. Cement manufacturers had taken...

Khadi exhibition inaugurated in Varanasi

A state-of-the-art Khadi exhibition displaying exquisite handcrafted products from 20 Indian states was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for MSME Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma in Varanasi yesterday. A range of exquisite Khadi products...

ibis Mumbai Vikhroli has some unique design elements

ibis Mumbai Vikhroli, the 20th Ibis in India is now open for public. The Ibis Vikhroli is the first hotel in India to be built in the new ibis style. The hotel is designed...

Leasing momentum likely to pick up

Recently, TCS, India’s largest IT company announced its plans to end work from home soon, asking employees to return to office by November 15. This in fact, reflects the increasing trend in the corporate...

Professional movements in real estate industry

With mortgage rates at historical low and various state governments providing concessions to the industry, real estate sector is on a sustained recovery path. Consequently, the industry is also seeing lot of professional movements....

New state of the art building at Technology Bhawan in Delhi inaugurated

The Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR) get new state of the art building at Technology Bhawan campus which was inaugurated by Union Minister of State...

Mumbai sees spurt in property registration during Navratri festival

According to Knight Frank. Property consultant, the registration of housing properties in Mumbai's municipal region increased during October 7-13, the first seven days of Navratri festival, at nearly 2,500 units. Knight Frank India said that...

UltraTech to replace coal with agri-waste in cement production

UltraTech Cement has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Punjab Renewable Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd (PRESPL), India’s largest biomass aggregation and densification company with forward integrated value chain to leverage latter’s technological...

NGT denies permission to Himachal HC for reconstruction of its old building

The Himachal Pradesh High Court has failed to get the National Green Tribunal’s permission for reconstruction of its old building block as the latter was of the opinion that construction in core area of...

AMRUT 2.0 targets universal coverage of water supply

The Union Cabinet has approved the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation 2.0 (AMRUT 2.0) till 2025-26, as a step towards AatmaNirbhar Bharat and with aim of making the cities ‘water secure’ and...

NCR’s RP 2041 to be finalized by March 2022

The 41st meeting of the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) held under the chairmanship of Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved Draft Regional Plan 2041, with some...

Decorative paints industry sees strong demand during the second quarter

Feedback from the paint dealers indicate that local lockdown during the second quarter didn’t affect the business much, at least not as much as it did during the first lockdown last year. The decorative...

Will coal shortage impact construction activities?

The country that is slowly returning to normalcy after fighting a Covid battle is faced with a new crisis – coal shortage. India being coal dependent economy with substantial portion of the electricity generated...

This may revolutionise the concrete industry

A joint venture between graphene specialists at The University of Manchester and alumni-led construction firm Nationwide Engineering has developed a product that could revolutionise the concrete industry and its impact on the environment. In a...

Green technology used in PMAY to mitigate 12 MT CO2 equivalent of GHG emissions

Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs & Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Hardeep Singh Puri has said that more than 16 lakh houses being built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) are utilising...

Indian real estate gets $1.8 billion PE funding in H1FY21

According to a report by Anarock titled Capital’s Flux Market Monitor for Capital Flows in Indian Real Estate, private equity investment in Indian realty climbed 27 percent to $1.79 billion in the first six...

Small manufacturers of plastic pipes find the going tough

The small manufacturers of plastic pipes are finding the going tough as the industry is faced with multiple issues. The industry in general and small players in particular are adversely affected by a sharp...

Grundfos & Tata Projects sign MoU for water projects

Grundfos has signed a memorandum of understanding with TATA Projects to cooperate and explore projects in environment, sustainability and water. Grundfos has also unveiled an innovative drinking water and dispensing solution in New Delhi....

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Govt can consider PMP for AC industry: Jain

The government is willing to look at extending a phased manufacturing plan (PMP) for...

New launches continue to fall in October

According to a research report by Edelweiss, new launches in the month of October...

This office design is inspired by Indian palaces

Skootr, a Premium Managed Office Space operator, has modelled its newest office in Cybercity...