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ACREX India is the largest biannual International Exhibition and Conference catering to the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Ventilation and Building Services’ Industries. Following the success wings of ACREX India 2010 with 300 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors and delegates, ACREX India 2011 is scheduled to be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India from 24th to 26th Feb 2011.
In its 12th edition, ACREX India 2011 will surpass all previous performances and is set to offer a perfect stage for industry get-together with a focus on future trends. ACREX INDIA will provide an ideal platform for exchange of ideas among professionals and an opportunity to showcase latest products, trends & innovations in the industry.
This exhibition is being organized by Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE), the largest national body of Engineering Professionals connected with the Indian HVAC&R industry and supported by a large number of professional societies from India and abroad.
- ACREX India 2011 will be the largest ACREX India show held so far, showcased over an area of 30,000 sq.m. at Pragati Maidan, and intends to attract more than 50,000 business visitors.
- It will host series of technical workshops covering a spectrum of technology, opportunities, challenges and concerns facing the HVAC&R industry.
- International participation is expected from Germany, Denmark, France, U.K., Italy, Turkey, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, USA, UAE, Japan, China and Malaysia.
- This event has also attracted a number of sponsors and partners, which include several leading companies from the industry like Carrier, Blue Star, Schneider, DAIKIN, Notifier, Danfoss, Norfolk, SPC Heat Pipes, Tomkins, Armacell, UP Twiga, Easyflex, Cooper Safety, K-FLEX and JCI.
ACREX India 2011 – Workshop
ACREX India 2011 includes workshops in parallel sessions at Hall 7 & Hall 8 of Pragati Maidan. These workshops will be very useful and cover the following topics.
- Low Carbon Communities: Design & Applications
- Healthcare facilities design
- Design Approach to Net Zero Energy Buildings
- Cold Chain: from farm to display
- Harnessing Geothermal Energy
- Smoke Management in tall buildings
- Data centre design and best practices
- Emerging HVAC Technologies – Chilled Beam, Underfloor, Displacement, DOAS
- High Performance Building Design – Basic
- High Performance Building Design – Advanced
- Interior Designers and Consultants
- Engineering Companies
- Project Managers
- Facility Managers
- Developers of Buildings and Infrastructure
- End Users from the private and public sector for Residential, Commercial and Industrial buildings
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
- Heating & Ventilation Engineers / Contractors
- After Sales and Maintenance Contractors
- Building automation
- Cabling systems
- Heating and domestic hot water
- Air-conditioning & air treatment
- Quality of energy
- Power supply
- Lighting management
- Renewable energies
- Facilities management operation and maintenance
- Energy suppliers and distributors
- Building management systems
- Voice-Data-Image Networks
- Fire safety & access control
The second chapter of Green Buildings Asia, an annual conference on design and construction strategies for Green Buildings of the future, will be held from 22nd to 25th February 2011, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Singapore. This green conference will be organized by IBC Asia (S) Pte Ltd.
This conference will focus on critical issues, global trends and cutting edge solutions associated with Green Buildings and Sustainable Architecture in Asia. It will provide an update on latest government policies and initiatives driving the growing Green Building industry while examining related sustainability products, technologies and practices in green roofing, mobility systems and energy-efficient building systems.
This conference paves the way to meet regional authorities, industry leaders as well as experts who will share their sustainability strategies and award-winning designs that contribute to the betterment of the built environment.
Pre-Conference Workshop [Day-1]
The pre-conference workshop will be conducted on 22nd Feb, 2011, as a day-long event. This workshop will set the focus on strategies for the transformation of existing buildings into Green Buildings within shorter time frames and with less investment when compared to demolition and re-building.
This workshop will equip attendees with the following know-how.
- The cost benefit of retrofitting existing buildings
- An in-depth understanding of the retrofit assessment models for different infrastructures
- Preparing the groundwork for retrofit work
- A look at green retrofit processes.
Rani Virdee will open day two (23rd Feb) of the conference with a session on ‘Enhancing Green Buildings Materials with Carbon Neutral Profiling’, discussing:
- The role of green building materials in reducing the carbon footprint of a green building
- The requirements to complete LCA of buildings materials
- The percentage reductions in overall carbon emissions that can be achieved during construction by using Carbon-neutral Green concrete?
Case studies of several green and sustainable buildings will be discussed in this conference.
Post-Conference Workshop [Day-4]
A post-conference workshop will be conducted on 25th Feb., 2011, highlights of which will be the following.
- Attendees can become part of the committee setting the practical agenda for the next wave of leadership for 2011
- There will be scope for collaboration to re-invent businesses and unlock opportunities
- A chance to establish strategic industry linkages through shared projects and strategies
Attendees of Green Buildings Asia
• Property Developers
• Real Estate Companies
• Urban Planners
• Building and Property Owners
• Government Officials and Authorities
• Construction and Engineering Companies
• Facilities and Property Management Companies
• Energy and Green Technology Solution Providers
• Venture Capitalists
• Banks and Finance Companies
• Real Estate and Property Consultants
The Mudra Group, one of India’s leading advertising and media agencies, recently unveiled its new office complex, another architectural marvel in glass.
This new Mudra House is located opposite the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai. And as a manner of exemplifying its philosophy of creative collaboration across units, this new office building has been constructed to provide workspaces to over 450 Mudra employees under a single roof. And with a LEED Gold certification form the IGBC, the building has a lot more to be proud of than just dimension.
The 8-storeyed office complex of the Mudra Group sports a combination of glass and red brick tiles on the exterior, giving it unmatched aesthetic appeal. There are two levels of valet parking in the basement, with a capacity of 120 cars. The parking area has been fitted with numerous electrical points as a provision for recharging battery-operated cars.
The Mudra Complex embraces modern architectural design through the generous use of glass on its exteriors, and remains in sync with tradition through artwork displays in the interiors.
The lobby of the building illustrates a description of life in contemporary times, using traditional ‘Warli’ art. This style of art can be seen on each floor of the Complex, in different forms. The Warli art on each floor gives a feel of the ambience within that particular space. Or instance, the workspace is depicted by simple triangle-and-dots figures that vividly capture day-to-day workstation activities. Warli art is also seen on the upholstery, on signage and floor coverings of every floor. The art infuses the ‘Spirit of Community’ throughout the building.
The eighth floor at Mudra House is worth a special mention. This floor that houses Executive Board Members represents exceptional sophistication in its interior design and provides each cabin with a bird’s eye view of Mumbai city. The conference room located on the same floor can accommodate 25 people and has an automatic foldable door that opens up into the adjacent room to create more space when required.
Mudra House is equipped with 1 gigabit IP Telephony, a full blown Unified Communications (UC) system, Video Conferencing (VC) and Audio Visual (AV) facilities, an access control system, a CCTV network and Intelligent Building Management System (IBMS), where the control system is a computerized, intelligent network of electronics, designed to monitor and control the mechanical and lighting systems of the building. In addition, the architecture has incorporated several energy efficient features into the complex.
In addition to the work areas, Mudra House has a recreation area with facilities for table tennis, billiards, and a gymnasium in addition to a cafeteria and a library.
The MIPIM Asia Awards are given to real estate projects in the Asia-Pacific region that stand out for innovation in design and excellence in energy performance, among other criteria. There are eight categories of awards that are given away, and the 2010 awards were given away at Hong Kong, on November 10th.
Honours for Parkview Green
Parkview Green was one of three awardees under the Green Building Category. This is the first time a Chinese project has won this Green Building honour. This exemplifies China’s active participation in building a green future. Parkview Green also has the pre-certified LEED® Platinum for core and shell from the USGBC. On completion, it is all set China’s first LEED® Platinum certified urban mixed-use development.
Parkview Green FangCaoDi is a building that houses world-class shopping centres, Grade-A office complexes and a boutique hotel. Located in Beijing, China, it was designed by Integrated Design Associates (IDA) and given life by developers Beijing Chyau Fwu Properties Ltd.
Parkview Green assumes a unique pyramidal structure with both aesthetic and functional appeal. The building comprises four towers – two 9-storey & two 18-storey towers. Four of these towers are meant primarily for Grade-A office space. There is 82000sq m of office space in total for multiple tenants, connected by air bridges. There is also a commercial business space, a 100 room boutique hotel and 50,000m2 of luxury retail.
All four towers are enclosed by a transparent environmental shield. This shield is made of steel, glass walls and an ETFE membrane system roof, and is controlled by an automated Building Management System. The double-glass skin creates an air chamber that stores the thermal energy and reduces energy footprint. It also forms a natural ventilation system that circulates fresh air between the ceilings and floors, allowing the building to “breathe” easily and naturally.
The climate inside the shield is relatively uniform. The shield increases thermal insulation, thus reducing energy consumption. It limits the need for air conditioning in summer and reduces heat loss during winter.
Ventilation louvers are installed at the top of the envelope. These act as chimneys, allowing the warmest air to escape and creating an upward flow of air. As the air escapes, cooler air is drawn up from the bottom of the building, allowing for air movement and natural ventilation.
With its sustainable architectural design, Parkview Green FangCaoDi saves up to 44% in energy consumption and 48% in water consumption. Parkview Green can also recycle 81% of its construction waste material. Moreover, 25% of its total building construction material is made up of recycled content.
More on Parkview
Parkview sports a 236-metre pedestrian bridge that spans the complex, offering a bird’s-eye view of shops and the public plaza. A series of lifts and 18 six-meter-long escalators have been installed. The premium shopping centre offers luxury merchandise on four levels. Boutique Cinema, a mini-spa and a gym on a terraced garden sky lounge on the 18th floor are some other perks the building offers. Fashion shows, car launches, art exhibitions and other attention-grabbing events will be hosted here.
Mumbai as a city needs no introduction to most Indians. Populous, cosmopolitan, fast-moving and diverse are some of the common adjectives used to describe this city. The sheer population of the city – well over 14 million people – often maims the local transportation facilities, and renders it insufficient. This increases the use of personal vehicles, hence adding to problems of parking, pollution and traffic jams.
In the light of these well-known problems of the city that is Mumbai, Tata Motors – owned by arguably the most respected business house in the country – has introduced the Nano EV, an electric vehicle, as a plausible solution.
There’s more. The Tata Corporation have planned to build a new building – Tata Towers in the city, with a unique vertical car parking facility. These residential towers, designed by Seth Ellsworth & Jayoung Kim are to have 930 residences for Tata employees and a parking space for 4,050 cars. The towers will also boast of several energy-efficient features.
The vertical parking system exploits the height of each building, and will permit cars to move up and down in vertical cores on small platforms. Residents can park their cars in their own gardens. Vertical parking enables maximum use of available space and also frees up space for a more pedestrian-oriented ground plane, allowing for parks and recreation areas.
The towers could eventually become a parking resource for other buildings as well, linked horizontally through skybridges.
The towers will have alternate energy sources such as solar power-collecting louvers, building-integrated wind turbines, tri-generation, and an algae farm which produces biodiesel. These energy sources will provide enough power to fuel the residences and also recharge the electric vehicles.
A truly outstanding initiative for the benefit of the common man and his environment, yet again from the Tatas.
WOW Architects Pte Ltd has created yet another architectural marvel, and this time it is nothing less than the Vivanta Hotel from the Taj Group, a Glass Palace in every sense. The extensive and innovative use of glass in this building makes it stand out as unique and exceedingly attractive.
The Green Roof is unarguably the most outstanding feature of this building. Apart from this, there is a whole gamut of eco-friendly products and processes incorporated into the structure. Vivanta is the recipient of several awards at the Architectural Design Awards 2010. Besides, the design of the Vivanta as the best in the ‘Commercial’ category and the ‘2010 Building of The Year’ award was a winner from among 180 global entries. Vivanta is located at Whitefield in Bangalore, India. It is an extension of the surrounding Bangalore’s International Technology Park (ITPL) and provides a networking platform for the young IT professionals working at the Tech Park.
Green-roofed Mobius strip
This premium hotel has 200 rooms in three storeys. It sports a rather opulent roofed promenade in the shape of a Mobius strip, a three-dimensional twisted loop that has a two-dimensional flowing surface. This strip envelops the public amenities of the hotel. The podium of the hotel is designed in the shape of a mobius strip so as to maximise site coverage. The twists and folds of the strip enhance the perception of space and blur the distinction between building, ground, architecture and and landscape.
Colourful Glass Facade
The glazed exterior facade of the building offers views to scenic beauty and provides lighting for the rooms. A range of high performance reflective glass with varying tints enables maximum energy efficiency through a reduction in the need for both artificial lighting as well as air conditioning. In the banquet halls, faceted walls fold up to the ceiling, enveloping guests in rhythmic portals. An abstracted Indian motif grafted onto a sound absorption surface aids unobtrusive acoustic comfort.
- All the building material was sourced locally, thus addressing the need for reduction in carbon footprint.
- Rainwater is harvested and channelled for reuse in landscape irrigation.
South India is now home to an iconic “zero energy and solar powered home”, a masterpiece in Green architecture that is set to start a welcome trend in controlled energy consumption in residences.
This zero energy space project was exhibited at the Indian Green Building Congress (IGBC) 2010, held at Chennai from 6th to 9th October last year. The IGBC is Asia’s largest Green building conference. The project was also showcased at the Economic Times’ ACEtech – Mumbai as well as Delhi chapters. These are Asia’s largest construction related expos.
About 60% of this home’s energy requirements are met by the conventional sources, while solar power supplies the remaining 40%. Nevertheless, there is no compromise on performance and comfort.
The chief sponsors of this Green initiative are Aluplast Windows, Breezair, Everest Industries, Nippon Paints, Supreme Pertochem and Roca.
EVEREST FIBRE CEMENT BOARDS
The drywall construction with fibre cement boards from Everest creates a strong, light weight, water resistant and energy efficient building envelope which supports a variety of finishes. 55% of the raw materials used to prepare these boards are recycled.
BREEZAIR FRESH AIR
Air conditioning is known to be the largest consumer of energy in a building. The Breezair system works through an evaporative cooling cycle and consumes 1/10th of the energy of a conventional air conditioning device, apart from providing 100% fresh air ventilation.
PHOTO-VOLTAIC BY TEAM SUSTAIN
SUPREME INSUBOARD & BEARDSELL
Insulation of the walls and the roof is a vital element of the building envelope, meant to prevent the transfer of heat in both directions. This product reduces heat ingress through the walls/roof and hence cuts down on energy consumption for air conditioning. INSBOARD offers one the highest insulation values for XPS insulation.
High performance double glazed units and energy-saving UPVC frames are used to reduce energy consumption as well as sound transmission. This is a German product, which saves energy by reducing infiltration and the frames are provided with thermal breaks to prevent heat ingress.
Water efficient fixtures for toilets and taps reduce the fresh water consumption in the building and also help score points for the LEED rating system.
Bamboo improves the sustainability of the building as it grows rapidly and can be harvested in much shorter period compared to hardwoods. With the help of the modern production techniques bamboo is transformed into an excellent materials for flooring, furniture and other interior design works.
Low-Voc Paints are used on the interiors to create healthy indoor environment and keep away toxins which could be lead to respiratory problems. Solar Reflective paints are used on the exteriors, which facilitate reflection of sunlight and reduction in solar heat gain.