Panchshil Realty – Dry Construction Technique in India.

A project by Panchshil Realty, among the tallest in Pune at 350 ft and 35 floors as employed a proven and path breaking approach called ‘Dry Construction Technique (DCT)’ for the first time in India. Dry Construction Technique (DCT) involves the use of innovation to reduce the use of water and the project’s impact on the environment.

In a large-scale application such as the Panchshil Towers project in East Pune – the development area is covered by a network of roads. In conventional practices, concrete roads are preferred. But as these roads requires cement and plenty of water; Panchshil has opted for the more contemporary method of making roads with ‘paving blocks’. These blocks are fixed on dry crush sand, which do not require the use of water. Also, during monsoons, paving blocks allow rain-water to percolate into the ground, which ultimately increases the ground-water table.

Dry Construction also includes the use of lightweight material, structures and systems created on the principle of lightweight construction. Within the apartment, DCT, involves the construction of interior walls, ceilings and floors using plastered or microfiber board that is joint at the time of installing. Apart from dry wall and ceiling; the façade is also done with Aluminum Composite Panels (ACP) instead of brickwork and plaster which is easy to maintain and ensures a fresh and contemporary façade for the long-term.

Dry construction technique is now a globally proven building construction technique without the use of the traditional brick and mortar process, thereby accelerating the construction process and allowing speedier completion (almost up to 70%) and handover.

Dry wall construction technique is also viewed as the latest thing in green building technology, and is applicable to all commercial as well as residential developments, as dry wall systems are light weight systems, up to 8-10 times lighter than traditional brick and cement work, and provide an superlative-smooth surface. Dry Wall technique further creates more usable carpet area within apartments as Dry Walls are 80mm gypsum board over high-quality steel framing, compared to the standard 200mm brick walls. They are also easier to renovate, repair and maintain in the longer run.

Dry wall construction technique comes with other project management benefits as well. For example it facilitates easy handling of material and speedy construction. It promotes neat and clean site working conditions, convenience in upgrading or renovating existing spaces that are already occupied and operational. It is extremely compatible with RCC as well as steel structures and external facades, while the cavity space between walls can be utilized to install electrical and plumbing services without recessing the walls. The technique also provides superior sound-proofing, insulation and smoother finish.
Other advantages include ease of repairs, renovation and maintenance. For instance, when fitting out elements such as lighting units, speakers, detectors and sensors, the finish is flush and near-perfection. Another advantage is that unlike the traditional brick and mortar method, the process, generates minimum construction waste. It also helps to preserve room temperature and provides energy efficiency. Incidentally, most of Panchshil projects have been awarded Platinum and Gold LEED certification.

(By – Press Release)

 

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