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Transit Architecture Time for a Drastic Change

Transit Architecture Time for a Drastic Change

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News brand For news updates and more information log on to www.architectureupdate.in daily India ranks third among top 10 countries in USGBC survey The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the creators of the LEED green building program, yesterday announced the annual top 10 countries and regions for LEED. The list recognises markets outside the U.S. that are using LEED to create healthier, more sustainable spaces for the citizens. India ranked third, with more than 752 LEED-certified projects totaling more than 20.28 million gross sq mt of space. China ranked first, with a total of 1,211 LEED certified and registered projects for more than 47.16 million gross sq mt of space followed by Canada with 2,970 such projects with a total space of 40.77 million gross sq mt. The other countries include Brazil, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Mexico and the UAE. “Around the world leaders are committing to climate change initiatives that have the power to improve quality of life for citizens and ensure a sustainable future for us all,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). The list ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED-certified gross square meters as of December 31, 2017 and represents 6,657 certified projects totaling more than 158 million gross square meters. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the world’s most widely used green building program with projects in more than 167 countries and territories, with more than 205,800 gross sq mt of space certifying everyday. Merino opens its experience centres in New Delhi & Kolkata Merino Group opened their “Merino Experience Centre” (MEC) in Delhi and Kolkata. MEC will serve as a one-stop solution for all surface needs, with a grand display of all products of Merino under one roof. With the launch of their exclusive showroom, they have come up with 41 new designs which include 24 designs of wood grains; 7 series of wood grains in Acacia, Elm, Oakwood, Pine, Walnut and specialty products like digital laminates to antifinger print laminate. The company has introduced “Pick your surface concept” at Merino Experience Center. This provides an unimaginable surface palette to the architects, interior designers & the whole design fraternity to play with their creative instincts. “Providing technical guidance and product availability information at a single window will be an added benefit of the centre. Merino trained personnel can guide customers to make better decisions by choosing the right products suited to their needs. They can be conveyed about small but important information like products suitable to different surfaces be it Vertical, Horizontal, Interior or Exterior, apart from the installation & maintenance tips which a busy retail counter might miss out due to heavy footfall,” said, Aastha Chadha, AGM – Marketing, Merino Group during the occasion. The centre aims to add value to the design fraternity by providing 360-degree information, starting from aesthetic appeal with technical & commercial information – all under one roof. Urban Ladder to offer ESOPs to attract talent Furniture player Urban Ladder is joining the ESOP bandwagon and is set to offer ESOPs in order to attract senior-level talent, as per the MCA documents filed by the company. As per the documents, in order to “attract senior-level employees” and to conserve the immediate cash requirements for remunerating them, the board has sought approval from shareholders to give authority to the ESOP committee of the board to “grant options exceeding 1% of the issued capital of the company” to identified employees. The move comes a few months after Urban Ladder received a Single Brand Merino Experience Centre in Delhi Merino Experience Centre in Kolkata Retail Trade (SBRT) licence from the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP). Urban Ladder had applied for the single brand licence in September last year when it announced a shift in its business model from online retail to becoming a furniture brand. The company also launched its first experience centre in Bengaluru last year, which was to be converted into an offline retail store. The Urban Ladder team now aims to be profitable in the next 18 to 20 months and file an IPO within three years. It currently offers over 4,000 products across various furniture categories including wardrobes, beds, sofas, dining tables and coffee tables. 12 Architecture Update February 2018

News brand For news updates and more information log on to www.architectureupdate.in daily Honeywell extends reach of cloudbased connected building service Honeywell (NYSE: HON), a global leader in connected buildings, today announced that Honeywell Outcome Based Service, a cloud-enabled building management service that helps identify misconfigurations sooner than traditional maintenance, now extends to mechanical systems. As a result, key building personnel and other stakeholders can gain even more insight into a building’s operational efficiency and comfort while optimise a building’s total cost of ownership. Honeywell Outcome Based Service for Mechanical Systems is the latest addition to Honeywell’s Connected Services portfolio of technologies that draws on more than 100 years of global domain knowledge and experience, in combination with today’s building connectivity, to help promote improved facility performance. Building on the service’s core HVAC controls monitoring, Outcome Based Service for Mechanical Systems uses data analytics and sensor-based Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity to monitor the health and performance of mechanical equipment, helping uncover issues and faults that can impact system performance and efficiency. “A building is much like a living, breathing organism, from its basic framework to the central nervous system of controls and the very heart of it all — the mechanical hardware that keeps everything operating,” said Aseem Joshi, Country General Manager, Honeywell Building Solutions, India. Italian furniture brand Flou opens first flagship store in Delhi Flou, the Italian luxury bedroom and furniture designs brand, has opened their first flagship store in India at Mahipalpur in Delhi. The Italian company has joined hands with Capt. Mukesh Kumar, Founder of Kanu Kitchen Kulture, to open the flagship store in Delhi. The newly opened store offers a great opportunity to general public, design professionals and their clients to look at and experience the best of modern design in an expansive environment. A spacious zone inside the showroom exhibits a selection of the Flou’s trend setting and innovative designs including the ‘Gentleman Collection’ which is a heady mix of elegance and luxury. Talking to Architecture Update about the plans for India, Capt Kumar said, “Flou is known to introduce a new sleep culture worldwide with its iconic designs. We want people in India to experience the Aparna Enterprises invests INR 320 Cr to build conventional facility in AP Aparna Group continues to pursue its strategy of focusing on internal growth in high-potential markets with the inauguration of the Vitero Tile Factory, in Peddapuram, near the port city of Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. The Vitero Tile manufacturing factory was commissioned by Nara Lokesh, Cabinet Minister for Information Technology and Panchayati Raj in Andhra Pradesh, amidst a distinguished gathering of leading politicians, senior members of the State Administration and top management of Aparna Group companies. Speaking on the occasion, Ashwin Reddy, MD of Aparna Enterprises, said, “The demand for higher quality of life is ever-rising. I know very well that providing Indian builders with world-class building material products is a priority in the agenda of Aparna Group. With its reputation for coming up with innovative solutions, I am sure that this advanced Tile Factory will be able to meet and contribute to fulfill the demand for high quality vitrified tiles.” The VITERO Tile Factory is a significant milestone for Aparna Group, as it will help same luxury and comfort. Apart from just selling the product, our focus will also be on educating the people on the proposition of products and designs.” Elaborating on pricing and targeting strategy Kumar added, “Our prices will be competitive and in line with other players in the market. While our primary focus will be mid-market consumer, we will also be open for institutional tie ups with hospitality brands. We are certain Flou will be very well accepted by the Indian market.” (L-R)Ashwin Reddy, MD, AEL; Aparna Reddy; SS Reddy, Chairman of Aparna Group and Nara Lokesh, Minister if IT, AP at the inauguration of VITERO Tile manufacturing unit, Peddapuram, AP provide an expanding footprint to serve its customers in South India and across the country as well. Commenting on the new plant, S Aparna Reddy, Director, Aparna Enterprises, said, “The 9,75,000 Sft Vitero Tile Factory is the first tile production facility of its kind in South India. It boasts of the largest gas-fired kiln (265 mtrs long), and has a capacity of producing 15,000 sq. meters per day (5.47 million sq. meters per annum). The fact that Aparna Group has invested in excess of INR 320 crores in the plant, makes one thing clear: The Group is totally convinced in the ease of doing business in AP and that Vitero Tiles will be a marketing success.” Architecture Update February 2018 13

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