The Government of India, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, has invited established Indian and international construction technology providers, start ups, and various other stakeholders to help transform the country’s construction industry. We are extremely excited to be one of the invitees!
The ultimate goal is creation of affordable, high-quality mass housing under the Prime Minister Awas Yojana. So how does Reliable ICF come in to the picture?
Recent paradigm shifts in the nation’s infrastructure, such as the enormous investment in mass housing under the PM Awas Yojana, demand a parallel revolution in the construction industry. We believe the technology known as ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) is capable of handling such a challenge. The building system has been the gold standard of construction for the past couple of decades abroad, and we have introduced and modified it to suit the Indian market. Conventional masonry blocks within concrete frame structures are highly labour-, resource-, and skill-intensive and hence, to meet the huge demand of dwellings in a short time is difficult. As opposed to this, ICF are stackable, interlocking, lightweight EPS blocks that can be assembled very fast and filled with concrete to give affordable disaster-proof, low-energy, clean-air, air tight buildings. Concrete pouring can be automated and since the buildings are insulated as a part of the construction process, ICF overcomes the conventional flaws of concrete homes i.e. structural damage due to thermal stress, and uncomfortable indoor temperatures.
As a technology, ICF can easily be scaled up in the available ecosystem; EPS is a widely available material, with manufacturing factories within a 200 km radius of any possible project site in India. We can make our proprietary moulds available at multiple regional offices, each connected to a partner factory. Hence, the moulded EPS blocks can be made available without large transportation costs.
Moreover, the skills required to execute the construction of such buildings is quite low, and these skills can be imparted under the Skill India campaign.
Since each set of moulds can produce blocks sufficient for 2,500 square feet per day, our vision is that within the next few years, ICF buildings will have become the integrating factor across the geographical and climatic diversity of India.
The exhibition is open to all on 3rd Mach at the Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Hope to see you there!