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“Façade & Fenestration Market in India will Grow Around 10 to 12%, Especially in Commercial & Institutional Sector”

By: LT COL SHAILESH PATHAK, Art-N-Glass Inc., Chandigarh Chapter of IGBC

What is the size of the present façade & fenestration market in India?

I am not sure of the statistics but this is a huge market and growing at a rapid rate. As per the IMARC group report it was approx. 22,000 crores in 2022. So, with a conservative growth rate of 5% – 6%, it should be around 24,000 crores(approx.). Government projects and commercial projects have taken a new impetus, as well as residential projects in tier 2 and tier 3 cities have taken a big jump in this field.

What are the driving factors of the façade & fenestration industry?

Ace Capitol Noida
Ace Capitol Noida

Govt of India’s focus on infrastructure projects, road infrastructure, automotive infrastructure like metro and railways, sports infrastructure like stadiums and grounds, construction of new airports and airfields along with renovation and upgradation of old airports has driven this industry to great heights. Increased GDP and positive market sentiments, all are signs of a robust economy. This, fuelled by the middle-class growth story, resulted in an increased demand for housing.

So, there is a requirement for products related to façade and fenestration. Pre-engineered buildings and prefabricated buildings along with precast buildings have given a new twist to this requirement. Earlier our approach was very conventional but now our market has progressed towards world-class products and solutions.

What are the evolutions in façade & fenestration technologies and materials? How do you envision the façades of 2050?

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AIPL Joy central Gurugram

I visualized more interactive and dynamic buildings which would follow the nature and weather conditions in the coming few decades or say 2050. Through these evolutions in the fenestration technologies and façade material are multi-dimensional and need long discussions and explanations. Evolutions in façade is crystal ball gazing but here I want to give you a few catchwords and phrases, which we all understand.

In my view following trends are more likely to be popular in future, which can be classified into four categories:

  • Dynamic shading façades
  • To control the sunlight for thermal comfort, daylighting and cost-saving on AC.
  • Chromogenic façades
  • Electrochromic glazing, thermochromic glazing & photochromic glazing using LCD & PDLC technologies.
  • Solar active façade
  • BIPV, Phase changing materials, green façade,
  • Active ventilative façades
  • Actively ventilated closed cavity façades and automated operable windows.
Unison Centrio Dehradun
Unison Centrio Dehradun

If we discuss a few unique technologies, they are enumerated below:

  • Kinetic façade
  • Smog neutralising façade
  • ETFE (Teflon) façade (Water Cube Stadium in Beijing)
  • Water flow glazing system • Bionic façade
  • Corten Steel façade • Green wall façade
  • Fibre-reinforced material façade

What is your forecast for the industry for the next seven years, that is for 2030?

In my opinion, it will grow around 10 to 12 %, especially in the commercial and institutional sectors. In the residential sector, growth will be normal approx. 6-8%. But being a creative field, more innovative products, smart and futuristic products will become popular. More emphasis on the environment, so energy-efficient and green products will become common things.

LT COL SHAILESH PATHAK, Art-N-Glass Inc., Chandigarh Chapter of IGBC

CEO, Chairman

LT COL SHAILESH PATHAK, CEO of Art-N-Glass Inc., also serves as the Chairman of the Chandigarh Chapter of IGBC and is the Past Chairman of CII HP State Council.

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