CELEBRATION OF CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN INDUSTRY
The 5th Realty+ INEX Conclave & Excellence Awards 2021 on 11th February celebrated the achievements of the building design and construction materials sector. Renowned industry experts joined to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the sector and to celebrated the success of the award winners,
Continuing its legacy of highlighting all segments of the Indian real estate, the Realty+ INEX E-Conclave & Excellence Awards 2021 in is fifth year once again brought the building design and products industry professionals together.
The inaugural address of Media Moughal Dr. Annurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-In-Chief, BW BusinessWorld & exchange4media Group emphasized on how the quick recovery of the construction & real estate activity is a boost to the country’s economy. “This year will be the year of residential sales and the office spaces will become more than the place to work offering holistic experience to the employees. And in all these developments, it is the building products and the construction materials that have a big role to play. Today, the eminent Realty+ Awards jury has recognized the best of the works of this sector, and rightfully so. We need to celebrate these unsung heroes of the Indian economy.”
The day also saw the presence of Magsaysay Award winner – the “Waterman of India” Dr Rajendra Singh, water conservationist and environmentalist who has rejuvenated 12 rivers in Rajasthan, bring water to thousands of dry villages. “We need to differentiate between need and greed while using our natural resources. Reviving rivers and sensible water management using age old techniques are our way of addressing global warming and climate change.” Dr Singh further elaborated on his techniques and the ways he was able to bring a change not only among the people but also the bureaucracy and the laws. He has been instrumental in fighting the mining lobby and has helped villagers take charge of water management, through the use of johad, rainwater storage tanks, check dams and other time-tested as well as path-breaking techniques.
The engaging discussions of the day were followed by the playing of a powerful message by Padma Bhushan recipient Starchitect Hafiz Contractor. In his speech he asked everyone to take action now as we might be the last generation to do something to save the environment and the planet earth for the generations to come.” We have not inherited this earth from our forefather, but have borrowed from our children. Let’s not be like the alcoholic father who creates debt for his future generation,” he stated emphatically in his message.
India has a great tradition of building environment friendly homes throughout its history. Presently, India is the fourth largest market in the world for green buildings and has further potential to protect environment and transforming real estate market substantially as more that 60% of its infrastructure is yet to be built.
REALTY+ INEX CONCLAVE
The enlightening conclave witnessed some invigorating discussions on the topics of titled “Supply-Chain Recovery: From Globalization to Regionalization” and “Planning for the Future: Rebuilding Relationship with Nature”
The eminent experts joined the Conclave from various cities of India and across the globe. The speakers included, Gurjot Bhatia, Managing Director, Project Management, India, Middle East and North Africa, CBRE, Mario Schmidt, Managing Director, Lingel Windows and Doors Technologies Private Limited, Shabbir Kanchwala, Sr. Vice President – Project Co-ordination, Purchase, Contracts & Billing, K. Raheja Corp, Srikanth Srinivasan, Group Head – Procurement, DLF Limited, Tikam Jain, President – Procurement, Lodha Group, Atul Desai, CEO & ED, Prism Johnson Ltd, RMC India, Dr. Hariharan Chandrashekar, Mentor, AltTech.Foundation & eCol India, Alok Agarwal, Chief Marketing Officer, Orient Bell Limited, Mahesh Punjabi, Chief Executive Officer, Mahesh Punjabi Associates, Vicky Chan, Founder, Avoid Obvious Architects, Rajendra Kumar, Founder and Principal Architect, Architect Rajendra Kumar and Yatin Pandya, Founder, FOOTPRINTS E.A.R.T.H.
The most important takeaway from both the discussions was the need of changing mind-sets, redefining the conventional concepts and methodology as well as building circular supply chain that incorporates ‘cradle to cradle’ approach.
There are building material companies and architects and designers who have taken the onus of consciously working towards building better products and systems not only to enhance the comfort of the end-user, but also to simultaneously reduce their eco-impact.
REALTY+ INEX EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Buildings are crucial to the economic development and the well-being of its citizens and materials involved in the construction of a building are important factors in determining the environmental impact. The awards recognized the initiatives, products and even the consumer connect approach of the building material companies.
On a high note of success and accolades, the 5th Realty+ INEX Excellence Awards 2021 glittering evening revealed the winners. The respected jury shared their views and experience of judging through video messages and the winners came live on the digital screen to share their moments of pride and happiness.