In­ter­arch: PEB De­mand to Grow


“Con­struc­tion of af­ford­able houses is go­ing to be the next big thing for pre-en­gi­neered steel build­ing play­ers,” says Gau­tam Suri, CTO & Founder Di­rec­tor, In­ter­arch Build­ing Prod­ucts Ltd, in an in­ter­view with NBM&CW.

The mar­ket for steel con­struc­tion is grow­ing ex­po­nen­tially in In­dia with con­sumers opt­ing for new-age tech­nolo­gies as well as the need for rapid in­fras­truc­ture de­vel­op­ment to match the eco­nomic growth of the coun­try. The ad­van­tages of hav­ing a steel struc­ture or build­ing over a con­crete one are far too many, and we aware that af­ford­able house is go­ing to be the next big thing for preengi­neered steel build­ing play­ers. We, how­ever, feel that it may take cou­ple of years more to change the per­cep­tion of peo­ple, and to con­vince the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial the ben­e­fits of mak­ing in steel over RCC. The big­gest ad­van­tage of us­ing preengi­neered struc­tural steel sys­tem is time sav­ing, as steel is man­u­fac­tured in a plant and di­rectly shipped to site for erec­tion. Build­ings can be com­pleted faster and upto 40% of time can be saved in over­all ex­e­cu­tion.

Also, only erec­tion of the build­ing is done at site us­ing nut bolts as­sem­bly by skilled work­force, lesser re­sources are used also, there is not much de­pen­dency on labours. Even the chances of de­lay in project time­lines due to var­i­ous ex­ter­nal fac­tors are re­duced by al­most 80-90%.

As af­ford­able hous­ing gets in­fras­truc­ture sta­tus, do you feel PEB can emerge as a pre­ferred build­ing ma­te­rial for low-cost hous­ing projects? With FM’s an­nounce­ment to com­plete 1 crore houses by 2019, how do you see the de­mand of new con­struc­tion tech­nolo­gies like PEBs, pre­fab, etc., that help to ex­e­cute projects in lesser time and with less re­sources?

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