Swiss and European leader in the field of sanitary technology and bathroom ceramics, Geberit along with the Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce (SICC) recently held an interactive seminar and panel discussion “Innovative Swiss technologies for smart and sustainable buildings.” The panel comprised CXOs from various Swiss building and manufacturing companies in India.
The panellists included Mr. Mayank Kalra, Director-Sales, HILTI India; Mr. Amol Adlakha, Executive Director, Regent Lighting; Mr. Hardeep Singh, Managing Director, Forbo Flooring; Mr. Vincent Pinto, Sr. Vice President-NIB, Schindler India; Mr. Sandeep Kaul, National Sales Manager, Mupro India; Mr. Soumendra Mishra, National Head-Specifications & Projects, Sika India; and Ms. Gorika Shyam, National Sales Manager, Geberit India.
Mr. Koya in his welcome speech, mentioned that “Given the fast-paced changes ushered in by the new real estate regulation act “RERA, builders are open to adopting new technologies and solutions which are sustainable, cost efficient and help in faster construction eg. Prefab solutions etc. They are also seriously looking at lifecycle costs instead of limiting themselves to the capital costs alone.
This set the direction for the panel discussion of the evening which was moderated by Mr. R.K. Gautam, Director-Sustainability, Cushman & Wakefield.
“Swiss companies have taken the leadership position in sustainability for many years and it is time for these companies to bring in their technological leadership to the emerging markets,” said Mr. Hardeep Singh.
On the question of how Swiss technology support environment sustainability in buildings, Mr. Vincent Pinto, said that in the context of elevators, product innovation has contributed to the sustainability cause at Schindler India. “For instance, shift from the rope to belt has helped in reducing the power consumption and bring in energy efficiency, further usage of recyclable material and space saving of the building shaft are the other important factors,” he said.
On the construction industry front, Mr. Mishra pointed out to Sika India’s solutions, products, and systems that envelope’s the structures and safeguards the inhabitants from air pollution, allows natural light, saves energy, and meets the low emission standards. While Mr. Kalra said that when it comes to products that address health, safety and environment concerns, it is necessary that we not only talk about the suitability of those products but also consider the stability of the entire system.