uPVC Window & Door Manufacturers Association(UWDMA), a non-profit body formed to create value proposition benefiting use of uPVC windows across India, organized a conference focused on ‘Energy Conservation using uPVC Windows/Doors’ on 20thFebruary 2016 at Indo German Chamber of Commerce at New Delhi. At the event, the quality guidelines to create benchmark of technical specification of uPVC windows and doors was released. The new guidelines will give consumers a better understanding of the options available. Many experts in the field, including architects, façade consultants, fabricators, engineer sand developers, attended the event.
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Welcome address was given by Sonia Prashar, Director Marketing– Indo German Chamber of Commerce. Ajay Khurana, President, UWDMA on his inaugural address said that such events help to promote the use of UPVC windows in India. He also elaborated on the UWDM Aactivities. He informed that the uPVC standards are being developed by BIS Standards committee in collaboration with UWDMA.
The major challenges faced by the industry were discussed at the event. YP Singh (Treasurer, UWDMA and Vice President, Fenesta windows) spoke on fabrication guideline and proposed BIS standards.
An interesting Panel discussion saw heated debate on“uPVC windows – Pros and Cons”. The panel included Ullas Guliani (Rehau Polymer); Mario Schmidt (Lingel); Fareed Khan (Kommerling windows); Deepak Gupta (Dema Consulting); Tanmay Tathagat (architect) and the panel was moderated by Satish Kumar (Deceuninck). The panel discussed the need for skilled people for manufacturing, fabrication and installation part of uPVC windows and the need for developing guidelines and standards, especially for high-rise buildings. Presence of substandard products in the market is a reason for falling acceptability of uPVC windows, said Deepak Gupta and Fareed Khan. They stressed on the need for competitive price for uPVC windows. Mario pointed out that lack of awareness of hardware is a major challenge for the growth of the sector. Tathag at said that though quality products are produced by different brands, the skill for installing the products is lacking. There is a need for installation guidelines.Moreover, certain minimum technical requirements should be specified while calling tenders for windows, he added. Deepak Gupata insisted on the need for designing hurricane bars for windows for Indian conditions.Ullas Guliani also agreed with him on this matter.
Sanjay Seth, energy economist at the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, spoke on ‘Energy Conservation in residences. He elaborated on energy demand in residential buildings, and how can effective fenestration help saving energy. He stressed on the importance of proper insulation for windows, which will help in conserving power.
The event concluded with the thanks note by Rajesh Chawla– Vice President UWDMA, followed by a sumptuous lunch and networking.