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March 2016

A model blueprint for Ecoliving!

Can we change the character of our cities and the direction in which they are going today. Can we reduce crime rates, manage garbage and be sensitive to each other as human beings and to the environment. We see all around us in cities today, efforts to revive community life, provide luxurious amenities and conveniences to the users, undertaken by builders and real estate developers. At GoodEarth, the dream has been to influence the direction of urban development and bring about positive change in the way people live in our cities.

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GoodEarth Malhar is an eco-village located at Kengeri, Bangalore. The project has been developed in phases and will have a total of 500 homes once finished. It is being built in smaller communities of 60- 90 homes. There are already two communities that are completed and about 60 families have made Malhar their home. The campus is built being sensitive towards the environment. Materials & techniques which make the spaces more comfortable and impact the environment less have been used. Natural resources are conserved and the design works to reduce energy consumption. Rainwater is harvested and ground water recharged. The Sewage is recycled and the water used for flushing and gardening.As the communities take shape, it motivates us to see resident initiatives towards cultural activities and garbage management, sports activities like cricket clubs arising spontaneously and not promoted by the builder but by the community.

The eco-village sets up a platform of open spaces & parks which prompt different activities whether it is a home baker setting up a stall with baked goods once a week or community gatherings with cooking sessions. Interactive spaces, an edible and indigenous landscape which prompts grandmothers to reminisce about the foliage in their growing up years. Rather than creating communities with “amenities” provided, we hope to inspire the community to come together to be more participative and involved in their surroundings, not just within the walls of the community, but outside too.

Apart, from the open spaces, a community club in each of the development becomes a venue for celebrating festivals, for meditative yoga sessions, for dance classes. A Sports club, which will feature spaces for swimming, basketball, billiards, Table tennis, football is also being planned. The Club promotes the sportive spirit with the community rather than being focused on competitive sport. It would be a place to encourage fitness and a community spirit which discourages a “mall” culture and encourages people to be outdoors and engage with each other. With Good Earth Malhar, we hope to set a benchmark for the quality of life in the city.

Ms Natasha Iype-Authored by Miss Natasha Iype, Director, GoodEarth.

 

Pergo presents its Original Excellence collection (AC-5 Grade) Class 33 for Commercial Spaces

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Pergo’s latest collection, Original Excellence (AC-5 Grade) Class 33 is strikingly attractive flooring for commercial space and the perfect way to stand out and make people take notice.

It is quick and simple to install. Pergo’s Original Excellence is available in 25 attractive decors and is strikingly attractive flooring from a design point of view.

The decors in this range attract attention through its exclusive flooring. The new range consists of single strip, multi-strip plank pattern with different shades of Walnut, Merbau, Oak, also the GenuineTM sawcut, GenuineTM wood; GenuineTM rustic surface structure creates an intensive experience of space in your room.

Merbau Plank Original Excellence

With this Original Excellence Collection update to Original Laminate flooring section of Pergo, the installation technique is upgraded to PerfectFoldTM 3.0. Now, one can get Pergo laminate flooring installed at their home or offices 30% faster than before; this is made possible by introducing revolutionary PerfectFold 3.0TM installation technique.

TitanX TM Advanced coating provides Pergo laminate flooring the best wear, scratch, fire resistance in the industry. The Hygienic property of Pergo laminate flooring promises its customers the best resistance against bacteria formation. Pergo laminate floors eliminate static electricity as they are Anti-static in nature. Original Excellence is the perfect combination of attractive design and presentation to revamp a place with the finest flooring

Lifetime guarantee for residential usage.

Commercial warranty is also available on request.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Formats available in this range 2050 x 205 x 8 mm, 1200 x 190 x 8 mm, 1200 x 123 x 8 mm.

REAL ESTATE BILL TO PILE UP DIFFICULTIES FOR THE SECTOR

Already there has been considerable protest against the inclusion of under construction projects in the Real Estate Bill and very recently a news of projects, even 5 years old being included under this bill is doing the rounds. Now the developers are very disappointed with the news of amendments being made to the bill and a new provision being added to it. Adding impetus to the general thought process, Deepak Kapoor, President CREDAI-Western U.P. & Director, Gulshan Homz says, “It is not appropriate to include ongoing and previous projects in this bill. Government should understand that the if the project is almost complete and possession has already been offered to a majority of residents, taking the project back on the drawing boards to the regulator and having it registered post the submission of all documents will only delay the proceedings and this will ultimately bear a direct impact on the delivery timeframe of the projects.”

In the current session, the government has worked significantly with all readiness to bring forward this bill and it’s result was the bill being passed from both the houses of the parliament. “The real estate bill was welcomed by all, be it a developer or any person who is remotely associated with the real estate sector but the bill which was brought forward post multiple amendments did have some aspects to it which would make the work of developers more difficult. Now that completed projects would also be included in the bill, it will definitely come forward in the form of delay in the possession of completed projects”, says Vikas Bhasin, MD, Saya Group.

Practically speaking, including ongoing projects and the ones in the timeframe of 5 years from the enactment of the bill would further slow down the rate of work in the sector. Rupesh Gupta, Director, JM Housing says, “The pressure from appointing a regulator within a year to the extent of every state creating it’s own version of the bill is enough to prove that this bill will definitely improve the current scenario in the sector. But, the government should not have overlooked the developers and tried having a look at things from their point of view. Before implementing this amendment in the bill, the government should have incorporated single window clearance and simultaneously fixed timeframes for approvals.” If 50% of any project has been sold out then it will neither be entirely correct to apply it on the remaining 50% of the project nor will it be feasible to apply it on the entire project. “Even after making the bill very balanced, there are still certain provisions which need to be worked upon by the government very minutely. Involvement of  authorities and timeframes for approvals are areas which need to be addressed at the earliest”, concludes Ankit Aggarwal, CMD, Devika Group.

First Solar Marks 1 Gigawatt Milestone in India

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New Delhi, March 29, 2016 – First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced that it has achieved one gigawatt (GW) DC of photovoltaic (PV) solar capacity shipped to India, making it the first thin film PV module manufacturer to achieve this milestone in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Sujoy Ghosh, First Solar’s Country Head for India, said, “We thank our customers and stakeholders in India for placing their trust in First Solar. They are benefitting from differentiated technology that has proven its superior energy yield by delivering 5-9% more energy, compared to polysilicon based modules in India for its customers over the past four years.”

Contrary to perception, he emphasized, “thin film modules today have higher conversion efficiency and requires lesser land per MW, compared to poly silicon-based modules. Our technology roadmap has us on a path to even greater conversion efficiencies, which will enable solar plants to be even more competitive against conventional energy sources.”

First Solar has been present in India since 2011, and provides its CdTe thin film modules to solar developers. The company also self-develops utility scale solar PV projects, and through its Indian subsidiary have 200MWac of projects with contracted long term PPA’s under development and operation in India.

VitrA take the Designs culture to the Masses through its association with (IIID) Insitiution of Indian Interior Designers,NATCON Indore

Seen from Right to left Serhan Ates Yagiz Country Head VitrA India, Pratap  Jadhav President IIID , Mukund Patel Head Oprations VitrA India,   Manish Kumat of IIID01

VitrA, the leading bathroom solutions brand of Eczacıbaşı Building Products Division, known for offering a variety of bathroom solutions that have internationally acclaimed standards which have inspired architects and interior contractors across the worldassociates with the Insititution of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) NATCON  with an aim to “TAKE DESIGNS TO THE MASSES”. 

Commenting on the Association with Insitiution of Indian Interior Designers(IIID) NATCON  Mr. Serhan AteşYağız, India Country Manager, Eczacıbaşı Building Products Division said, “As part of our design excellence, we at VitrA develop products in colabloration with an impressive portfolio of leading designers like Christophe Pillet for Memoria Black , Ross Lovegrove for Istanbul and Pentogon Design for Nest Trendy collection to name a few. We believe our association with IIID will help us persue our philosophy of design excellence by reaching out to the apex professional body of Designers, Architects and related Trade personals in the Country.”

VitrA launches its First Design Studio in Kochi

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Revolutionizing bathroom fittings in India, VitrA, the leading bathroom solutions brand of Eczacıbaşı Building Products Division in Turkey launches its first bathroom fittings store in Kochi, India. Located at Tropical Bath  Solutions PVT LTD 34/136A, CH Florence N.H Bypass, Edappally Ernakulam , the franchise showrooms displays approximately 1,000 sqft of VitrA products and is a sheer visual treat offering a variety of bathroom solutions of internationally acclaimed standards that have inspired architects and interior contractors across the world.

VitrA’s bathroom products offer its customers some of the most superior quality bathroom solutions. The range of products byVitrA, are technologically advanced yet stylish.VitrA is the only brand in global markets offering every component of the bathroom. The premium bathroom brand now brings this internationally acclaimed range of bathroom solutions to the Indian consumers with its latest offerings of bathroom solutions like Memoria,Istanbul, Metropole, Water Jewels, Nest, T4 collections.

VitrA introduces its Water Jewels Collection

VitrA, the leading bathroom solutions brand of Eczacıbaşı Building Products Division in Turkey introduces fascinating range of colorful washbasins – Different shapes and colors add motion to living spaces. The Water Jewels Series, which was created by the Italian designerMatteo Thun, together with the VitrA Design Team, was also designed with this purpose. To be able to carry the brightness and colors to the bathroom. This series artfully showcases the designsof ceramic washbasins finished with brilliant metallic coatings that draw inspiration from traditional Turkish craftsmanship.

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This collection’s seemingly simple form and function are enhanced to incredible effect with PVD coatings, a state-of-the-art process of vaporising and depositing metal powder onto a surface, which remains corrosion- free and scratch-resistant. The Water Jewels Collection is available in gold, copper, platinum and traditional white gloss and suitable for bench mount, semi-inset and under counter installation; the basins add texture, depth and a unique identity rarely seen before in bathroom design.

DLF Mall of India conferred the title of ‘Best Retail Project of the Year’ at CNBC Awaaz real estate awards

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New Delhi, March 18, 2016: DLF Mall of India (Noida) wins the award for ‘Best Retail Project of the Year – 2015’ at CNBC Awaaz Real estate awards held at Mumbai. Mall of India launched the first phase of the mall in Mid- December 2015 with over 180 brands opening their doors to the customers. The elite awards were presented by the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Phadnavis.

DLF Limited also received the most prestigious awards for Developer of the Decade for DLF Ltd. and Project of the decade for DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon. The company has been instrumental in setting high standards in creating world class projects in residential, commercial & retail projects since its inception. The company has been conferred the awards for its sustained growth, core values, transparency, innovation, setting new benchmarks and for the outstanding contribution to the real estate industry.

Pushpa Bector, Ex. Vice President and  Head DLF Mall of India

Speaking on the occasion Sriram Khattar, CEO – DLF Rental Business, said, “We are delighted to be named as developer of the decade as it has always been our endeavour to build world class projects for our customers. We will continue to passionately build top quality projects for discerning customers in future as well.”

Commenting on the achievement Pushpa Bector, Executive Vice President & Head – DLF Mall of India, said, “We are humbled and honoured to be conferred with the award for Best Retail Project of the Year by CNBC Awzaaz within the first year of launching the operations. One of our brand philosophy is to work on projects that positively impact the lifestyle & quality of life of the community and DLF Mall of India project is built on that philosophy .We are committed to build high quality projects for our customers and this award will only encourage us to raise the bar and deliver more world class projects in the future.”

 

Finolex Industries held a record 60 Plumber Meetsacross the nation

Kick-starts the skill development training program through strategic partnership with Kushal-CREDAI for the first batch of 500 plumbers with a goal to train 1 lakh plumbers

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Pune, 11 March 2016 – On the occasion of World Plumbing Day, Finolex Industries Limited with a participation of approximately 3000 plumbers organized 60 Plumber Meets across the Nation. These meets were conducted in 26 states and 58 cities across the country.  During the event, FIL appreciated the contribution of senior plumbers for their effort and dedication towards maintaining health and sanitation in the country. In keeping with the Prime Minister Narendra Modiji’s agenda on skill development, the plumber meet focused on the importance of skilled plumbers in the country. Plumbers actively participated in these plumber meets and expressed their sentiments towards this initiative taken by Finolex Industries Limited. In order to support the plumbing community, Finolex Industries Limited will continue to plan and organize such meets in the near future. It is an endeavor of the company to provide support and better lives to plumbers.

Elaborating about the company’s motive and plan on this occasion, Executive Chairman, Mr. Prakash Chhabria sent a video message to all 60 plumber meets where he expressed his gratitude and thanked the plumber community for playing an important role in our Prime MinisterMr NarendraModiji’s initiative of Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan.

On the same occasion, Finolex Industries Limited also kick-starts its collaboration with Kushal CREDAI Pune Metro which is already into Training unskilled/semi-skilled Plumbers. The  first leg of this ambitiouspartnership on Skill Development program shall cover 500 Plumbers. The training program which has been developed in collaboration with KUSHAL [KUSHAL is a  partnership project between Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) Pune Metro and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)] is a step forward on the initiative that was flagged off in July 2015 on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day.

FIL in Collaboration with Kushal CREDAI Pune Metro also launched a Plumbing Trade Film Video which shall  be integral part of the training program. The 20 minute video training module will teach construction workers and unskilled plumbers the basic do’s and don’ts of plumbing ; provide information on plumbing essentials like safety guidelines, sewerage systems, drainage Systems, septic pipes and the know-how of this industry. A textbook (handbook for plumbers and trainers) was also released during this event.

The first leg of the training program will include 500 plumbers who will be taught the basics of plumbing and the practical experience they can garner on construction sites. The training provided by Kushal CREDAI Pune Metroshall be a healthy mix of 80% On Job Training and 20% Classroom Training. The Finolex Industries –Kushal Skill development program aims to train almost 100,000 plumbers in the next five to seven years.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Prakash Chhabria, Executive Chairman of Finolex Industries Ltd. commented, “I am very happy to be standing here as we in partnership with Kushal CREDAI Pune Metro start our first batch today and release the training material. This day is significant considering that today is World Plumbing Day and being able to reach out to so many members of our plumbing community is heartfelt.‘Skill India’ is a movement, not just a program. We need people who believe in working hard and adding value in whatever they do.”

He was further quipped saying, “We will be rolling out this training to every region in the country in the coming years with Kushal-CREDAI Pune Metro’s association.

The event which happened in Jawaharlal Nehru auditorium in Pune was well attended by prominent guests like Mr Mahesh Zagade CEO Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, Mr. Satish Magar MD Magarpatta Township Development and Construction Company Limited and President MCCIA, Mr. J.P. Shroff Chairman Kushal among others.

Mr. Mahesh Zagade applauded the work of plumbers and said that they would be in great demand in future due to rapid urbanization across the globe. Mr. Satish Magar commented it is a great chemistry between Finolex Industries Limited and Kushal due to the fact that plumbing is of vital importance for the construction industry because the building maintenance depends a lot on leakages and thus plumbers play a very important role in this industry.

The move from Finolex Industries Ltd. assumes great significance as there is a huge shortage of skilled plumbers in India. As per industry estimates, about 90 % of the plumbing industry in India lacks professional training thus putting the Indian construction at a major crisis of quality workforce. Also on this occasion, Finolex announced its forthcoming initiative in increasing the product portfolio by adding Rainwater harvesting and SWR Pipes and Fittings with integrated rings. 

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