Post 3 in a Series of 4

 

Q&A Session with Anuj Dayama, who lives in Jaipur, India. Anuj works in the natural stone industry in India and is exploring advanced, “greener” building products and technology in hopes that he can introduce safer, cost-effective, and energy-efficient solutions to the Indian building community.

 

The Panelman Asks: What are the building code requirements for MgO SIPs and how do they compare with ICC codes?


Anuj Answers: Presently, most of the building codes in India are based on conventional construction techniques. Like aerated concrete, the new SIPs technology will have to find a place in the building codes eventually. But for that to happen, we need more local test reports. The international test reports, like ASTM and UL are also accepted in India.


I believe SIPs building – especially magnesium oxide board (MgO board) will really take off once basic testing certificates are also acquired from reputed local testing labs like CBRI Roorkee (http://www.cbri.res.in/). Their reports are well respected in our country and their costs are quite reasonable. Also, the SIPs technology can be used right away within the existing building codes for non-load-bearing applications and partitions which are a major part of new construction and remodeling. SIPs (and MgO board) technology could replace problem-prone gypsum board and fiberglass wool insulation that is currently being used. An awareness initiative and solid technical support from a SIPs company could help the Indian building community understand and use this already fully developed building technology in their projects.


Third Floor Addition in India

A Third Floor Addition Using Conventional Construction in India.

Anuj Says: “This picture I took demonstrates a great potential of SIPs use over existing flat concrete roof slabs. Where a third level is being added, the builders are using 9″ brick walls and a rebar roof. It is very cumbersome and time-consuming to build another level at this height with conventional heavy materials. You can see the shuttering work in progress. As for the roof, without SIPs use, this is going to be a very heavy structure which is going to absorb a lot of heat from all sides. A lighter, more energy-efficient building technology would help both the builder and the building owner.”
 








Anuj is interested in connecting with U.S. construction companies who want to be a part of the fast-growing alternative building movement in India. Contact me (Fred, aka the Panelman and I will get you in touch with Anuj! fmiller@totalpanelsource.com