NAREDCO Building Material Study Tour – IIT Madras (12th February 2015)

The Building Material Committee of NAREDCO visited the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT, Madras) on 12th February 2015 to study the Rapid Affordable Mass Housing technology, which is a promising solution for India’s tremendous housing shortage.

One-of-its-kind ‘Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum demo building’ was constructed within a month inside the IIT-M campus using the GFRG panels, which was originally designed for using as walls by Rapid Building systems, Australia. The entire building was constructed in a month with a reasonably cheaper cost in comparison of the conventional method. The IIT-Madras research group extended the application of this product for the entire building system including floors, roofs, staircases, thus significantly reducing the consumption of Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC). The team also collaborated in the indigenous development of an excellent water-proofing material, which is essential for prolonged durability of the GFRG panels, especially in the case of roofs and toilets.

NAREDCO had planned this study trip to the project site at IIT Madras to visit the project and understand its possible application in low cost mass housing, to understand the GFRG material, its technicalities and uses in mass housing production, Material outsourcing viability, Cost and time vise comparison and durability.

The NAREDCO delegation was received by Professor Devdas Menon at IIT Madras followed by a detailed presentation. Apart from Prof. Menon, the delegates also shared information and gathered knowledge from Prof. Meher Prasad, Head of Civil Engineering Dept. IIT Madras and Mr. P Gopinathan, Rapid Building Systems, Australia.


Jun 03 2017


12:00 pm - 12:00 am


Trident Hotel
Trident Hotel, Nariman Point Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


Naredco Maharashtra