This is the final blog in the innovation in constructions blog series. The construction of buildings is quite innovating and are truly a marvel. When we compare the current timeline with the ancient timeline, we can see that the number of buildings has risen tremendously over the centuries. With time, different types of innovations in constructions were introduced. This resulted in the construction of better, stronger and taller buildings that are safe to live in.
Part-I of this three series blog described a whole lot about construction and the history of various materials used for constructing buildings. Most importantly it described two major components used for constructing buildings and also a comparison between them which were stone and bricks. Stones, in fact, as described in the first blog has been currently replaced by bricks. Although stone masonry had its advantages, what made it less preferred in the construction of buildings is the complex work involved in crafting structures using it, but we have to admit that the buildings and monuments crafted using stones surely gives a unique aesthetic beauty and appeal.
We see structures going up everyday, but do we realize the effort behind it. Construction requires great commitment, resources and technical skills. When it comes to resources, we are familiar with the construction materials such as Bricks, Concrete, Reinforced steel and such. When we look at the history of the construction, we have come a long way from using stones to bricks to different variations of bricks. In any construction, the most needed component apart from concrete and steel are bricks, obviously.
It’s summer again, the hottest season of the entire year has come. In a country like India, the summers can get quite hot, therefore to escape the heat, we use a variety of measures for cooling our homes. For that, we purchase air conditioners and coolers, but the irony is that the money we spent on these items to cool down our homes makes the world a much hotter place to live. The reason for this is the chemical by-products that are produced from the appliances which increase the temperature. So, what can be an effective way to cool down this summer.
Building collapsing, explosions, all seems good and spectacular in movies, right? but not so in real life. Part-I of this blog explained about the dangers and consequences involved in collapsing of the building. The blog also described the reasons for various building collapse which were lack of maintenance and inefficient planning and design. Here we solely focus on the inefficiency and practices of the people involved in the construction process with a recent example.
Buildings collapsing is not something enjoyable to view and experience. The impacts created from these disasters create great physical and mental trauma that takes a big toll on our life. It gives us a lot to think about and improve but still, the event continues in different areas all over India. There are many instances where different cases on building collapses have been reported. The sad thing is that the responsible officials never learn or do anything effective even after repeated patterns of the same event.
Concrete and steel are the two most vital components for the construction of a building. Concrete is known for its impressive compressive strength but it lacks the tensile strength. This tensile strength is provided by using reinforced steel bars. So both these components are needed for the construction. However, with the rise of technologies, different variants of steel, concrete etc have been introduced. One such material is Prestressed Concrete.
Part-I and Part-II broadly explained the two alternatives for steel reinforcement. One was Basalt rebars and the other one was Bamboo reinforcement. Each of this reinforcement techniques has their own advantages and features that are equal to or more than steel. But, however, when we look at the construction sector, one thing we can find is that steel reinforcement is still preferred for the construction of building structures.
Our last blog described on steel reinforcements and its multiple benefits to the construction sector, also, the concept of alternatives was explained. Even one such alternative namely the Basalt reinforcement was briefly explained along with its advantages. When compared to steel, basalt reinforcement bars or rebars had more tensile strength and was much lighter than steel. Well, another alternative reinforcement technique is Bamboo reinforcement.