Sintex has been doing its bit to address the gap in the Indian housing sector, especially in remote areas. Its prefabs found great acceptance for rural classrooms, military bases, police booths and other such applications but met with limited success as far as addressing
“housing needs” are concerned.
The company realized that the barrier lay in the consumer’s mind. Consumers were not willing to accept a factory made house as their home (prefab parts are made in a central factory and the parts are joined together at the site). The age old convention of erecting a house on site was taken as hygiene.
Looking at this, we chanced upon an idea – can we make functional, strong, inexpensive houses for the masses using all our knowledge in building prefab structures which use
factory made panels and slabs?
And there was no looking back!
There were two major challenges. One: the strength requirements were of a different kind in a permanent structure and we had to look beyond using plastic and concrete (which were largely used in prefabs). And two: we believed that the new technology should reduce dependence on human skills as it was critical to bring down the cost of construction.
Over the years we had developed a knowledge base of optimizing benefits from all
materials. We added galvanized steel to plastocrete (plastics & concrete) and developed a
polymer system that was strong enough for such projects. We believed in functionality and scale, so developed standardized plans that would ensure quick construction reducing cost and dependence on human skills.
These buildings take one-fourth the time to get completed, are strong enough to withstand high windspeeds (150km/hr) & earthquakes, cost half as much, do not require any
maintenance, look good and are eco friendly.
The first project is coming up on the outskirts of Ahmedabad and we have extremely healthy order bookings from various governments, municipal bodies and corporates.