The Future of Pre-Engineered Buildings in India
Steel is one of the most preferred materials for construction due to its several advantages such as quality, aesthetics, economy and environmental conditions. This specific concept tends to have a great scope in India, which can really fill up the serious shortage of educational, housing and health care institutions, airports, railway stations, cold storages, industrial buildings etc. The concept of pre-engineered buildings forms a unique position in the construction industry as it’s viewed to be ideally suited to the requirements of modern engineering industry. It would be the only solution for large industrial enclosures possessing thermal and acoustical features. One of the major benefits of a metal and steel building is the high speed of design and construction for buildings of several categories.
Presently, the method for construction of buildings demands for the best aesthetic look, high quality and fast construction, cost effective and innovative touch. One needs to think for alternative construction system such as pre-engineered steel buildings. India possesses an installed steel capacity of 35 to 40 million ton and apparent steel consumption is around 27 to 30 million ton. In pre-engineered building concept, the complete designing is done at the factory and the building components are brought to the site in knock down condition. These components are then fixed/jointed at the site and raised with the help of cranes.
In North America and Australia, the PEB concept has been extremely successful and is currently expanding in UK and the European countries. PEB construction is 30 to 40% quicker than brickwork construction. These buildings offer good insulation effect and would be highly appropriate for a tropical country such as India. PEB is extremely ideal for construction in remote as well as hilly areas and the portable cabin manufacturers have been promoting it vigorously. These systems are the only answer to the backlog of 33 million houses needed in India alone, provided that the system provides economy, quality and speed together. The building system is developed taking into account all aspects of building requirements and at the same time provides technological advancement to all sections of society.
In this world of cut throat competition, it’s all the more important to build more economical structures which offer good integrated system performance. Steel is essentially better suited for taller, bigger and longer span and geometrically complex structures, due to which steel is likely to be predominantly used for several years into the future. The country can achieve an enhanced economy in civil engineering construction through higher strength steel, composite form of construction and enhanced materials, thus engineering community is more eager to use steel structural systems in the future and one feels that this trend will continue. Engineers would require developing suitable codes and specifications in order to meet the requirements of future generations. One can find an enhanced investment more for research and development for innovative material and construction methodologies.
PEB solutions are surely the future of Indian construction industry and the day is quite close when steel buildings would be the rule rather than being the exception.
Sunil Srivastava is a Business Partner at New Life Steel Structures, a leading organization having expertise into the manufacturing of pre engineered buildings,portable cabin and factory sheds. The company has been into the industry since 2 decades constructing multiple steel structures with varied budget in different geographies and operating with a strong sense of work ethics, pride and integrity.