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Everyone is excited about the proposed 100 smart cities, but can these also be green cities? »
ECO-FRIENDLY The programme aims at promoting bamboo entrepreneurs and skill developers

Tapping bamboo power

A training programme as part of Kerala Bamboo Fest 2014 will explore the possibilities of using bamboo in building toilets »
IF IT GETS AFFORDABLE, people may invest again in property

Will interest rates soften?

It could prop up real estate and encourage new property purchases by individuals »
LURING BUYERS? Projects in the suburbs come up with attractive features

Stay away homes

Sonal Sachdev explores the growing trend of residential developments beyond city limits »
November 21, 2014

Why continuous growth?

The idea of quantitative growth appears to be a human invention, where we calculate how much the GDP has increased every year, company profits raise every quarter and shop sales go up every month. »
SWITCHING TO SOLAR POWER will reduce the burden on TNEB. Every Rs. 1,000 saved in electricity by citizens and industry could save the governmentRs. 2,000 for investing in new power plants.
November 21, 2014

Can Chennai shift to solar energy?

India plans to build a hundred cities. However, if we continue to plan cities in the same manner, environmental scientists foresee that by 2040, the planet could pollute and heat up, resulting in... »
OFFERING SOLUTIONS Brunth Sundar
November 21, 2014

Green dream

Tell us about the eco-friendly possibilities available during construction? Due to an increased awareness about the environment among home buyers, builders have started using eco-fri... »
CAVEAT EMPTOR Delayed payment might mean you don't get the flat at the rate you booked it
November 21, 2014

Getting it right

Acouple of weeks ago, the Tamil Nadu Consumer Disputes Redressal Commision directed the Anna Nagar-based Pace Builders to refund Rs. 7.8 lakh to petitioners J. Leo and Padmini Jayaraj for not allot... »
They have interesting ideas for your home as well
November 19, 2014

Designs for the home proud

The husband-wife duo of Mayank Gupta and Anuja Gupta opened Apartment 9, an avant garde interior design store, to follow their vision of design-led manufacturing and innovation. “The store literall... »
The Ascendas IT Park Taramani, along the OMR. Buildings and tech parks built to serve the IT boom remain largely vacant today. Photo: M. Karunakaran
November 14, 2014

The IT ghost towns on OMR

In March 2011, the central government ended the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) scheme, which extended incentives and tax holidays to IT companies. As a result, the last three year... »
Mysore,November 14, 2014
WATERWISE

Local water works best

Wells need proper maintenance.The city of Dharwad is also a cultural capital of the State in many ways. With a population of about 9.50 lakh as per the 2011 census the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad is one of the largest citie... »
Huge gaps in demand and supply, especially in urban areas, tend to push up prices and generate a speculative market. File photo
November 14, 2014

Your capital gains tax based on guideline value

Chitra sold a plot of land for Rs. 54 lakh. The guideline value of the property as assessed by the stamp duty authorities is around Rs. 72 lakh. Stamp duty on transfer was, of course, paid based on... »
The third quarter of 2014 saw the launch of only 166 new housing projects across the top eight cities with Chennai recording the highest at 45 projects. File photo
November 14, 2014

Decline in new launches

Global real estate consultancy Cushman & Wakefield, in its latest research on the residential markets of India, has reported a drop in total residential units launched in July-Sep 2014 of appro... »
Eco-friendly policies form the crux of the IGBC Green Schools rating system. File photo shows students from Meghalaya and manipur at the JSS School in Suttur, Karnataka, a unique free school for rural children.
November 14, 2014

Schools go green

With green buildings the norm in construction today, the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) is taking it a step further by launching a rating system for schools. The norms of the ‘IGBC Green Sch... »

Owner’s Association rights

Brilliance in brick and clay

Building with steel

Buildings are forever

The price of water

Looking at transport options for a city

Looks, Likes and the life cycle

Bamboo for art

November 21, 2014

Safe disposal of waste

The U.N. has declared November 19 as World Toilet Day to focus attention on the much needed aspect of sanitation and its lack in many parts of the world. While a toilet is essential to provide the... »
VISUAL APPEAL Clean lines play animportant role in Nupur's aesthetic andare teamed with vivid colours
November 21, 2014

Designs that spread cheer

Clean lines, basic forms and earthy materials. Put these together and Nupur Madhav can give you a standout design. Founder and principal interior designer of Shankh, which has been crafting furnit... »
November 21, 2014

Water concerns and inheritance

There is a 2 ft gap between my house and my neighbour’s. His house has three portions that are rented out. The drainage from these portions is let into the narrow space between our buildings. S... »
LOOKING UP Market sentiment appears upbeat
November 21, 2014

The worst may be past

The three years between 2011 and 2013 was when, after a couple of dull years, the economy saw a recovery. Businesses started to regain momentum, and confidence in the job market grew. However, the... »
SOIL SUPPLEMENTS A mixture of sand, clayey soil and manure is a good growth medium for plants
Chennai,November 14, 2014

The ABC of soil disinfection

Some types of ‘root rot’ disease in shrubs and flowering plants and wilt diseases in plants and trees are caused by fungal pathogens. For instance, ‘damping off’ disease in germinating seeds could... »
Mysore,November 14, 2014

Economics of consumption

There is a greater awareness today than ever before about a possibly doomed future if we do not change our lifestyle. As such, many people today wish to lead an alternative life, but they too often... »
The buyer of a property is always at the risk of paying higher stamp duty despite having negotiated a lower rate. File photo: G.R.N. Somashekar
Mysore,November 14, 2014

Guidance rate conundrum

The State Government’s decision to increase the guidance rate for property could hurt real estate market sentiments. While property guidance rates are set to go up by 30-40% over the last two revi... »
Some flat purchasers in Hyderabad are also in a peculiar situation aspremature occupancy threatens future completion of the project. File photo
Hyderabad,November 14, 2014

Jittery flat purchasers jump the gun

Increasing instances of delay in delivering flats in high rises has pushed purchasers to occupy homes even before occupancy certificates are obtained for the projects.Realtors or agents say... »
Dr.Ruby R. Manoharan
November 14, 2014

Tracking growth

1. Your projects are primarily centred along GST Road. What are the factors that have led to the area’s growth?The announcement of Sriperumbudur as an industrial corridor triggered ur... »
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN Kirath Ghundoo's designs are inspired by numerous disciplines
November 14, 2014

What’s on your wall?

The bold and the beautiful. That’s how you would sum up Kirath Ghundoo’s work. A surface pattern and wallpaper designer based in the United Kingdom, Ghundoo is known for her signature geometric wal... »

Oasis in the urban desert

Maintaining the health of plywood

Bathroom in a box

We have company

Chennai looks to the skies

Bring home the facts

Catchment management is a challenge

Mentor with a legacy