INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS TO WATCH IN 2021
FROM NEW CUTTING-EDGE ENGINEERING MATERIALS TO SMART HOME BUILDING PRODUCTS AND INNOVATIVE GREEN SYSTEMS, THE PRODUCTS FEATURED IN THIS EDITION ARE PARADIGMATIC BUILDING BLOCKS FOR 2021.
By: Sapna Srivastava
The beginning of a New Year is an opportunity to assess past developments in building and construction and realigning product development to cater to the new and changing demands of the industry. For many manufacturers this serve as a reminder of continuing down the innovation path seeking development of innovative processes and applications with ecologically beneficial goals.
Realty+ looks at some of the best products that will find a new fan following in the year 2021. The goal is to identify the defining products that are setting new benchmarks in their respective fields. Indeed the list can go on and on. These products are just the indicators of how novel building products and construction materials are set to transform the construction business.
INNOVATION AND AEC INDUSTRY
The concept of an ‘innovation’ differs among various stakeholders but broadly it can be considered an improvement in a process, product, or system that is novel to the industry or user. It can be ‘incremental’ (small, and based on existing experience and knowledge), ‘radical’ (a breakthrough in science or technology)
The future belongs to standardized products and branded offerings. Standard but customizable designs that can improve from one product generation to the next will be favoured by the AEC professionals and end users alike.
There is an evident increase in R&D spending to ‘modular’ (a change in concept within a component only), ‘architectural’ (a change in links to other components or systems), or ‘system’ (multiple, integrated innovations).
Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) professionals have enormous capacity to exert influence on manufacturers in a way that fosters innovation. They can identify specific novel requirements to be supplied by developers, building product suppliers, contractors, and operators.
Year 2020 has further enhanced the need for improved buildings’ lifecycle performance, construction flexibility to cope with unforeseen changes and higher standards of building materials. The current scenario has accelerated the innovations that were already underway and have brought to limelight those novel products which till now were being used far and few in-between.
Conversely, the advanced building and construction materials have enhanced the technical competence of the AEC professionals and the quality of projects. The end users in fact are the biggest winners as they now can expect high standard products, ease of use and maintenance and flexibility in construction process without compromising on their choices.
COVID IMPACT & INDUSTRY RECALIBRATION
Over the past 3-4 years, building material sector had been struggling due to issues like demonetisation, GST and slowdown in real estate sector. The challenges have compounded with COVID-19. Categories like wood, ceramic tiles and sanitaryware etc., largely classified as discretionary items saw deferment of demand due to decline while, non-discretionary categories to an extent such as plumbing pipes, adhesives etc., were less impacted.
If the industry trend nationally and globally are any indication, the ramifications of the pandemic will only serve to accelerate the new products that will strengthen the overall building products market and boost consumer demand.
develop new standardized building systems to speed up and automate elements of design and construction for faster completion of projects, as is the need of the hour. Designers and engineers are relying on industry collaboration to build scalable products and online channels and apps for consumers to procure products & materials.
RESET AND REIMAGINE FOR THE NEW NORMAL
Agility is the name of the game. Companies are adjusting to the changing environment, reinventing their product offerings and creating partnerships and value additions within the industry. The fundamental changes in the construction sector like scarcity of skilled labour, cost pressures, stricter regulations and sustainability and health safety are driving new material developments. Client demands are also evolving regarding performance, energy and operational efficiency, flexibility and adaptability.
Over the years, the engineering, construction and building materials (ECB) companies have demonstrated its capabilities in innovating even the traditional construction materials like cement, concrete, bricks and steel for more eco-friendly alternatives. Rising to the new challenges, newer high performance materials and products are being introduced in the market that offer cost as well as resource efficiencies.
ADD A DASH OF ELEGANCE TO YOUR HOUSE
Fenesta Internal Doors are made of a special hybrid polymer. They are composite materials made of wood fibre and thermoplasts replacing traditional material, hence making them environment friendly. Hybrid Polymer is very sturdy and makes the doors resistant to termite, water, moisture absorption, fire and wear & tear of weather. They are available in Plain & Designer Finishes and in 4 colours (White Oak, Natural Oak, Teak & Walnut)
Fenesta Designer door can be used at entrance, rooms, bathrooms, kitchen or anywhere else. The core is filled with a metal sheet and foam to enhance sound & thermal insulation and weather-endurance. They are available in 5 colours - White Dumas, White Renard, Light Oak, Walnut & Mahogany.
EMPHASIZING INNOVATION AND ECO FRIENDLINESS
In these unprecedented times when hygiene and physical distancing are vitally important, KONE’s health and wellbeing
solutions will help regain our confidence in everyday environments and the buildings we move through.
Nippon Paint Atom Fibra is a unique paint reinforced with microfibers and gives enhanced mechanical strength to the paint film thereby increasing the durability. If we take 1ltr of Atom Fibra we can find that there are more than 1cr microfibres and when applied they are uniformly spread across the walls and give a unique optical brightening property thereby increasing the whiteness of walls.
Atom Fibra reinstates the power of 5ber, i.e. five benefits in one paint. This product was created for a segment of consumers who belonged to the prenomy category, i.e. having premium features at an economical price.
This features like Interior Exterior Paint (2 in 1 paint), crack bridging, easy washability, water resistance, and excellent coverage. It also possesses the anti-carbonation property and comes with a 4-year product is in house manufactured in the Sriperumbudur factory of Nippon Paint India Pvt Ltd.
IMPROVING THE FLOW OF URBAN LIFE
KONE 24/7 Connected Services: As we all learn to live by the new norms of our cities, neighbourhoods and buildings, it’s likely we’ll continue to insist on smooth people flow once we do get going again. The transparency and preventive maintenance offered by the cloud based KONE 24/7 Connected Services helps in constant monitoring and less risk of accidents, like tripping over thanks to more accurate
levelling monitoring, detecting and prevent issues undetectable with plain eyes and ears. Additionally, with round-the-clock monitoring, you can think of it as a digital technician always on the site monitoring your elevators, safety and user experience of the residents. Less risk of accidents like tripping over. When an equipment stops, an urgent service call is made automatically. Probability of entrapments overall will decrease as the elevator is monitored 24/7 and preventive actions can be done before anything major occurs.
EXTRAORDINARY COMBINATION OF STYLE, QUALITY & SAFETY
The Lingel Security Windows are one of its kind window solutions that ensure a perfect glazing and hardware. Other products failed miserably as test on glass and hardware were done separately. No combined tests were done on both the hardware and glazing. Lingel provides for glazing two options - LPG 14 Lingel Panzer Glazing 14mm, a multilayer security glass and LPG 18 Lingel Panzer Glazing 18 mm, a superior performance glass. The second option is Lingel Safety box 2 (LBS 2). It is Lingel’s highest point of locking security -RC2 and RC3 as per ENI627-30.
SOLUTION FOR AN INTELLIGENT LIFESTYLE
GM iFi-Pro automation technology extends smart home solutions for an intelligent lifestyle. By merely using your home Wi-Fi & internet you can control your home electrical devices like television, air conditioners, lights, curtains, door-locks, etc. It Works with existing home Wi-Fi network and mobile Internet and controls home’s lights, fan, drapes, air conditioner from anywhere with the GM App on smartphone.
- State-of-the-art doors combine the aesthetics of wood and durability of polymer. • Waterproof, Decay proof, No expansion or contraction, No cracking or fading, doesn’t need any coat of paint ever!
- Available as ready-to-install integrated door solution system.
With GM iFi-Pro switches you can control lights, fans, and blinds and turn other electronics on and off and monitor their status with an internet connection through the GM App from wherever you are in the world.
Available in 2-Modules size that can fit into a wall-Plate are - 2 circuit On/Off Lighting, 1 channel Light Dimming, 1 channel 5-step Fan Regulator; 1 channel 20Amp On/off; 1 channel Curtain Open/ Close; 1 Scenario Zero-load Control; 1 Door-Lock / Unlock Control; iR Emitter for unlimited Remote control functions.
This is a joint development between the glass and hardware industry. Lingel has innovated keeping in mind the consumer demand, providing trendsetting implementation of standards from Europe standard. (EN627-30).
This innovation will be open for the entire fenestration industry to develop similar products.
Solution for Lingel old customers
- Set a timed schedule for lights for different rooms
- Replaces existing wall switches
- Subtle backlit iFi-Pro series is easy to find in the dark
- Lingel Safe Box Hardware to upgrade your existing Lingel Windows. Recommended for RC2 and RC3 as per EN1627-30.
INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS TO MEET CUSTOMER NEEDS
JK Super Cement is available as Portland Pozzalana Cement (PPC) and Portland Slay Cement (PSC) & Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC). It is an all purpose value for money offering. The products are much in demand by both the Individual Home Builder and institutional users.
JK Super Strong has been manufactured with breakthrough technology in cement production that improves performance of the concrete. It also ensures systematic and advanced distribution of micro particles for denser and impervious concrete. It has a balanced particle size distribution ensuring high early and superior lateral strength.
JK Super Strong Weather Shield exhibits resistance to penetration of water in mortar, plaster & concrete which results in dry walls and healthy indoor climate. This cement is all purpose cement, can be used for all types of applications from foundation to roof.
JK Cement Ltd is steadily diversifying its range of products, ushering in advanced technology and quality assurance. Its brands continue to enjoy the consumer trust for the high quality and innovation benchmarks.
- LPG-X- To upgrade your existing Lingel security glazing to LPG performance.
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