Monday, June 15, 2020

Sh. Amor Kool speaks at a Webinar on Lighting, Ventilation and Building Envelope Optimisation organised by BIS and Ramco Cement Ltd on 12 Jul 2020

The National Building Code of India 2016 is a comprehensive document of various Indian Standards addressing the most critical and pertinent issues of building construction, varying from Fire and Life safety, structure safety, sustainability or accessibility. 

Informative banner of webinar titled- Sustainability in Buildings and Built Environment as per NBC 2016
Informative Banner about the Webinar
We are proud to have two of our directors serving two critical committees in NBC 2016, Accessibility and Sustainability. Mr Subhash Vashishth and Mr. Amor Kool are key members involved in drafting and standards formulation on the said respective aspects of this code of national importance. Both of our directors have reached out to developers, architects, engineers and occupants across India to spread awareness about the topics which are as of now not yet acknowledged but are critical for our future. 

On 12 June 2020,  The Bureau of Indian Standards in partnership with Ramco Cement Limited and Association of Structural and Geotechnical Consultants, organised a web based workshop on 'Sustainability in Buildings and Built Environment as per NBC 2016' where in Mr. Amor Kool was invited to address as the subject expert and a member on the BIS Panel for Sustainability.

The web based workshop began with the inaugural address of the Sh. J. Roy Chowdhury, DDG Standardisation (P&M). Shri Sanjay Pant, Head Civil Engg BIS and Mrs. Madhurima Madhav, Scientist D (Civil Engg), BIS gave an overview of the Sustainability provisions in the NBC 2016.

Screenshot image of webinar in progress showing Mr. Amor Kool speaking
Sh. Amor Kool speaking 
Mr. Amor Kool, Director -Sustainability, CABE Foundation  spoke on "Lighting, Ventilation and Building Envelope Optimisation" highlighting the importance of designing the built structures post COVID-19 scenario keeping principals of sustainability in mind. He shared pointers through which the design of built environment respects the region and local construction materials. 

"The approach towards sustainability is wholistic, it cannot be categorised and placed under different baskets. It is like in architectural terms, if you miss a centimetre at the start of the line you may loose out a meter at the end of it. Every category is equally important, if orientation is not thought out properly, then not only daylight but ventilation patterns, thickness of walls, quality of glass and many such things have to be re-negotiated." Mr. Kool emphasised.
Screenshot image of Q&A session during the webinar
Q&A Session addressed by experts
He further suggested that if a building is well thought through, the cost of construction should not increase, rather it’ll optimise.  Major takeaways from his talk.  "Everything is linked, every matter in this world, living and non living, thereby, it is critical to have balance. We cannot wait indefinitely to change our designs and the way we perceive our environment if we really want our built environment to be sustainable.” he said.

This was followed by a long Q&A session where Mr. Sanjay Pant, Mr. Amor Kool responded to the queries raised by workshop participants.