Windows that generate energy will soon be possible with solar glass entering the glazing market. The Solar glass will have solar cells within it that will harvest sunlight to generate energy to control lighting as well as internal insulation levels. The window units are a double glazed vacuum insulated within which there are semi-transparent perovskite solar cells. This technology was developed an engineering professor, Dr Anita Ho-Baillie of the University of New South Wales under a grant program by the Australian Research Council that provided $365,000 in funding. The cells are lightweight, flexible and cheap making it a desired material in the making of the solar glass.
Ipseker Textile based in Turkey has produced the first vegan fabric in the world. The European Vegetarian Union granted it a ‘V-Label’ after going through rigorous testing in Germany and even Switzerland. This label is a very well recognised certificate. The company also claimed to have no animal ingredients in any of the 146 fabric types they produce. This fabric is currently being exported to 52 countries globally.
With a growth expectation of almost 25%, housing finance is to get a severe boost with the offshoot demand for housing below Rs 30 lakhs. The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Available till December 2017is to provide 3% subsidy on loans of up to Rs 12 lakh for those earning up to Rs 18 lakh per year and 4% subsidy on home loans of up to Rs 9 lakh for those with an income of up to Rs 12 lakh per year. Private banks have shown a surge in home loan demands. Simply explained as the low tax rate propelling the demand, affordable housing is now becoming more economical than even renting.
Gamle introduces Venus Gas Cooktop Series featuring a sleek new design and enhanced features for convenience. The brass burner configurations provide good heat resistance. The grills have a 4mm heavy duty pan support and auto ignition. The SS and Black Glass Finish is a 8mm Black Toughned Glass. The knobs are made of solid metal. The company has a wide range of products like Cooktops, Kitchen Chimneys, and Hobs too.
Brik Tile is a Lego compatible tile for wall applications. Consisting of an adhesive on the behind, it can be stuck to any wall. These tiles work with Lego and even Maga Bloks. Bret Miller and David Dripps are the two California-based entrepreneurs behind it. A 10 by 10 tile kit sells for approximately $40 on Amazon.
Staywell Hospitality Group, an Australian Hospitality company is to launch their fifth hotel in Jodhpur called the Leisure Inn Shrey. The hotel will feature 51 rooms and a vegetarian restaurant. Stull underway is a bar on the ground level and a rooftop restaurant. This hotel is their fifth project in India so far and they are expanding rigorously. A Park Regis in Visakhapatnam and a Leisure Inn Service Apartments in Gurugram by the group are soon to go operational by September 2017 and January 2018 respectively.
Ergoshell technology mattresses, patented by Foam Home were released at the INDEX Fair 2017. The mattress delivers cushion requirement as per the body shape and size. The technology works to provide comfort between the hard and soft mattress requirements essential for good sleep. Foam Home has been manufacturing mattresses for the past 40 years. It also has other mattresses like those with high-density polyurethane foam, latex, memory foam and gel technology mattresses, among other products like pillows, covers, toppers, and protectors.
The Government Museum situated at Kasturba Road in Banglore is to undergo a major renovation internally. The museum was shifted to the structure in 1877 and recently had renovations done to its exteriors to mark the 150th anniversary. The dull lights, fading wall paint, chipped roofs are seriously damaging the historic treasures this museum holds. This museum holds some of the most Kannada scripts and artefacts like heirlooms and collectables of the ancient palaces of the state. The renovations will be carried out at an estimated costs of Rs 1 crore.
Renders of One Hudson Yards, the second residential building in the Hudson Yards has been revealed. The 38 storey building will have 178 apartments. Some of the amenities include an 82-foot-long pool, bowling alley, games lounge, fitness centre, spa, penthouse lounge, etc among others.The building will have a red stone and glass facade. The structure is designed by Davis Brody Bond, with interiors by Andre Kikoski Architect. Other iconic structures in progress in the area are The Shed and the Vessel.
Heimtextil India and Ambiente India will host the world’s largest cushion in 2017. D’Decor partners with Kanika Bawa, a Limca record holder to reach this record-breaking feat. The cushion will be 20 ft tall and will have Fabrics and Embroideries of India on it. The exhibit will be called the CushionKari and will have a design to celebrate the congruence between man and woman as in the DaVinci painting. She will also incorporate the harmony of nature in her design by putting together the 5 Vedic elements of water, air, fire, earth and space.