Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Glazing Society of India (GSI) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras jointly conducted the second oneday national workshop on “National Building Code 2016: Glass and Glazing Aspects” on 21st January 2019 at, SCOPE Convention Centre, New Delhi. The workshop was supported by Federation of Safety Glass, All India Glass Manufacturers Federation, Confederation of Construction Products & Services, International Fenestration Forum, Glass Academy and uPVC Windows and Doors Manufacturers Association.
The objective of this workshop was to enlighten the different stakeholders of the construction value chain on the new provisions of glass and glazing introduced in NBC 2016, and highlight the importance of implementing the same. In the theme setting address, Sanjay Pant, Scientist F & Head- Civil Engineering Department, BIS presented the various chapters of NBC 2016 which serve as a vital tool for every professional in the construction value chain towards ensuring safe and sustainable construction.
In his keynote address, Dr. R K Bajaj, Scientist G & Deputy Director General (Standardisation), BIS explained about the tremendous increase in the use of glass and glazing in Indian building in the recent years and the importance of following safety norms and energy efficient methods for the larger benefit of the country. During his inaugural address, Navneet Kumar, Additional Director General (Architecture), CPWD mentioned the importance of provisions given in NBC and how CPWD as a premier government construction agency has taken a lead in adopting and implementing the same in the Indian building scenario. Earlier, GN Gohul Deepak, Director, GSI extended the welcome address. The inaugural session ended with Prof Arul Jayachandran, IITM proposing the vote of thanks.
The day-long workshop comprised of three technical sessions addressed by esteemed experts from BIS, industry and the academia. Eminent personalities and experts include Sanjay Pant and S Arun Kumar (BIS), Prof S Arul Jayachandran, Amor Kool (Member, Panel for Sustainability of NBC 2016), Sandeep Goel (Member, Panel for Fire Protection of NBC 2016), Antony John (Member, Panel for Glass and Glazing of NBC 2016) and Sharanjit Singh (Member, Glass, Glassware and Laboratory Ware, Technical Committee of BIS).
The inquisitive audience comprised of over 240 delegates, including architects, civil engineers, builders, developers, consultants, contractors, glass processors, manufacturers, government officials and other professionals. Around 25 students also attended the event and their volunteering support during the event left the organisers highly indebted.
The second workshop on NBC 2016 glass and glazing aspects were well received by the members of the construction value chain and excellent feedback was received from the participants.