Dry Con­struc­tion Tech­nique re­duces use of water and im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment: Atul Chor­dia, Chair­man, Panchshil Realty

Panchshil Tow­ers, a project by Panchshil Realty, is among the tallest in Pune at 350 Ō and 35 floors. It has em­ployed the path break­ing Dry Con­strucɵon Tech­nique for the first Ɵme in In­dia; it re­duces use of water and the project’s im­pact on the en­vi­ronme

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

Dry Con­struc­tion also in­cludes use of light­weight ma­te­ri­als, 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. This

tech­nique has also been fol­lowed in other Panchshil projects like Yoop­une (by Philippe Starck), Tech Park One, among oth­ers.

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 upto 70%) and han­dover. The tech­nique is also viewed as the lat­est method in green build­ing tech­nol­ogy, and is ap­pli­ca­ble to all com­mer­cial as well as res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments, as dry wall sys­tems are light­weight (upto 8-10 times lighter than tra­di­tional brick and ce­ment work), and pro­vide a su­perla­tive smooth sur­face. The tech­nique fur­ther cre­ates more us­able car­pet area within apart­ments as Dry Walls are 80 mm gyp­sum board over high-qual­ity steel fram­ing, com­pared to the stan­dard 200 mm brick walls. They are also eas­ier to renovate, re­pair, and main­tain in the long run.

Panchshil Realty is one of the pi­o­neers in dry con­struc­tion tech­niques in In­dia. We take pride in

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