The COVID-19 crisis has altered our lives. As we are trying to adapt and move ahead, the pandemic has provoked us to reconsider our lifestyle standards. Prevention and control are the vital factors to overcome the current calamity. That said, considering the different stages of the prolonged pandemic, creating safe & hygienic space is the need of the hour.
Green building is a milestone in the building technology development. And with the demand for sustainable lifestyle practices, architects and designers are put to task to create strategies and innovate designs that would not only meet sustainable goals but would also blend into a work-from-home environment with an aesthetic appeal and of course, up bring a healthy lifestyle choice. In accordance to the change in the living habitat amid the pandemic, Greenply in association with ABID, Kolkata and SURFACES REPORTER, questions the importance of sustainable living, spaces defining a healthy work-life balance and the transformation of architectural designs offering tangible energy-efficient solutions in a panel discussion moderated by Vertica Dvivedi, Editor-in-Chief, Surfaces Reporter.
Ar Ajit Kumar Jain, President, ABID and Rajesh Mittal, CMD, Greenply Industries Ltd and Sandeep Gupta, Treasurer ABID welcomed all the speakers & guests. Dr Aru Chhabra Handa and Dr Shubhank Singh shared their points of view as doctors. The panel witnessed prominent dignitaries from the design fraternity such as Ar Subir Kr. Basu, M/S Subir Kumar Basu; Ar Ajit Singhee, Singhee and Associates; Ar Kamal Kumar Periwal, Architect M; Ar Deepa Agarwal, Deepa Agarwal Architects; Ar Bipratip Dhar, Epsilon; Ar Ajay Arya, A Square Designs; Ar Sunil Kumar Maniramka, Maniramka and Associates; interior designer and artist Abhijit Saha; Vijay Chokhani, Secretary, ABID; and Greenply Industries’ Partha Nath and Utpal Kanjilal.
Human beings are apprehensive when it comes to pollution outside the four walls of their homes. However, Dr. Aru Chhabra Handa brings to the picture the harmful emissions that we are exposed to within the interiors of our houses. She adds, “It depends a lot on the materials which have been used for the interiors, which can affect our eyes, noses and skin. If the smell emitted in a freshly painted room is too strong, it might even cause headaches. Even though we eventually get habituated to such smells and emissions, our bodies still face the repercussions. This is why we’ve seen a lot of younger people afflicted with cancer, which wasn’t the case before. Asthmatic patients are also at risk in such environments, and their conditions can worsen if they live in a house with high emission. Since they are already suffering from asthma, their lungs are partly compromised. With the Coronavirus, the lungs are affected and the oxygen uptake becomes highly compromised. Now, if they are already living in an environment that is prone to high rates of emissions, then it could get much worse for such patients.”
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