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Construction Methods: OLD Vs NEW

Posted on: April 29th, 2016 by Nahars Commander No Comments

It has become a fashion statement to use words like houses with modern amenities and built with modern technologies. One is forced to think as to what are the modern technologies used to build houses and what are the advantages or disadvantages of using modern technologies?

That brings us to the topic of this particular write up, difference between Old and new methods of construction. We are going to take a few points which can be used as the key differentiator for this discussion. Even before we start the discussion let us clarify that we are not trying to determine as to which one is the best method. Both methods have their own advantages and disadvantages. We are just trying to put forth our point of view.

Construction Styles

It has been argued that with the advent of technology building construction has seen a lot of changes as far as styles and patterns of the houses are concerned. Earlier, the houses used to be more or less of the same pattern and there were no major differences in the looks. The only difference was in the size depending upon the status of the house owner. Is that really true? There is some element of truth in it but a lot also depended on the ideas available at that period of time. There have been some astounding buildings made without the help of major technological advancements. So the style and new patterns cannot be attributed to new methods but to the taste of the consumers. With the change in time the expectations and demands changed resulting in new designs and patterns.

Heating/Cooling technologies

This can be a point for debate. Heating and cooling systems have become the need of the hour for all houses and high rise buildings of the modern era. Earlier it was more of a luxury for the rich and the elite class. So with the change of times the needs of the consumers have changed. Earlier people have the facility of having trees around their community and use of heating and cooling systems was very less. As times changed trees were cut and cities changed into concrete jungles forcing us to rely on artificial mechanisms.

Time Consumption

This is a point which will be heavily loaded in the favor of modern construction methods. Simply because time taken to complete with technologically advanced machines will be relatively lesser than manual labor. But the unfortunate point is that in spite of having modern machines builders are not able to deliver the house in time.

The points for comparison does not end here but these are some of the points which are often discussed when the new and old methods of constructions are compared.

Rooftop garden, a need for the future

Posted on: April 12th, 2016 by Nahars Commander No Comments

Cities are turning are turning into concrete jungles. Very rarely do we see individual homes in Chennai and if they are to be seen they are out of the city limits. But the craze for having a garden has not died. The passion for having beautiful plants and bonsai and cacti and seasonal flowers are still alive inside the hearts of some enthusiastic people. They feel something is missing from their life as they are not able to nurture their passion of gardening.

If high rise buildings are the need of the hour then rooftop gardens are the need for the future. Rooftop garden is not a new concept. It has been happening in a small scale in each and every household. You can see a few pots with plants of rose and other seasonal flowers in the patio of each and every house of a building. Yes it cannot be called as rooftop gardening but it is a concept which is very close to the original rooftop gardening concept.

How important is rooftop gardening? Why are we even talking about it? Take a look around you and you will notice that greenery is either missing or has already vanished in some cities. For planners and developers in urban areas becoming green has almost become a priority. We have certain responsibilities towards our future generation and towards nature. According to the recent survey done in Tokyo the temperature of the city could be lowered by 0.11-0.84 °C just by utilizing 50% of the available rooftop space for gardening. Turn it into cost benefit then you will be surprised to know that it will lead to saving of approximately 100 million yen that is around 55 crores in Indian Rupees. That is a big amount to be saved.

Rooftop gardening is also known as rooftop farming and is done using green roof, hydronics, aeroponics or air-air-dynaponics systems or container gardens. The whole concept is based upon the basic cycle of gardening. Rooftop gardening can be used to grow vegetables like cucumber etc for personal consumption ensuring healthy eating for the family. Rooftop gardening also works as a natural mode of cooling your house. The artificial heat generated by air conditioners are actually harming the environment and are one of the major cause of the temperature becoming so volatile. With the help roof top gardening we can cool down the temperature inside the house in a massive way.

Rooftop gardening or rooftop agriculture is becoming a part of our life style and is being accepted by people living in high rise buildings or flats. It is a concept that is simple yet very effective and is the need for the future.