Share the successful journey of Amit Enterprises with our readers.
One of Pune’s most respected and reputed real estate development firms, Amit Enterprises Housing Ltd. has redefined the city’s real estate landscape several times over. With more than 40 completed projects and several more on the anvil, AEHL has pioneered some of the most outstanding and award-winning residential concepts that have become industry benchmarks.
The roots of this firm took hold as early as 1963, when my father, a schoolteacher with vision beyond the conventional confines of a classroom first dreamed a dream that would be immortalized in steel and concrete by me and my family.
My father Shri Govindrao alias Appasaheb Pate (Wani) migrated to Pune from Chalisgaon, a town in Jalgaon District of Khandesh and, after an initial stint as school teacher, launched a real estate brokerage under the name of ‘Vijay Estate Agency’ in 1963. As his eldest son, I involved myself in this business from the age of 17 and quickly mastered the skills and intricacies of the real estate business.
After earning a Baccalaureate degree in Political Science, I turned my attention to breaking new frontiers for the family business. We incorporated Amit Enterprises Housing Limited as a construction firm in 1983 – and the rest, as they say, is history.
Tell us about the practices you follow to reduce the impact of construction on environment.
Our residential projects are firmly oriented towards preservation and conservation of the environment and on site. This involves numerous variables and solutions. We follow a comprehensive design approach that incorporates critical environmental, economic and social dynamics. Creating a housing project that conforms to current international standards requires that the development:
- Involves the lowest possible site impacts right from the design stage
- Incorporates specific facilities for waste management, climactic control, heat and energy preservation and water treatment
- Takes into account health impacts on occupants as well as the surrounding locality
- Functions seamlessly to conform with these parameters from the pre-construction to the post-construction phase
Tell us about the green projects done by you.
Amit’s Eka in Nasik, Astonia Royale in Ambegaon, Pune and Astonia Classic in Undri, Pune. More projects with green certification are in the pipeline.
According to you, what is the current status of green projects in Indian real estate industry?
India is waking up to the need of sustainable real estate, but as a country we are nowehere near where we need to be as yet. Currently, supply is largely being driven by the demand from Information Technology employees and NRIs who look for more than just top-of-the-line construction quality and amenities in the homes they buy. Because of their exposure to the trend of sustainable homes in the developed countries, they are looking for similar solutions here and expect to find projects with genuine ‘green’ features in India.
There is no doubt now that the future of Indian residential real estate lies in eco-friendly, energy-efficient developments, but more developers need to get active in this segment. Global market analysts are increasingly commenting on the unregulated and ecologically wasteful developments that are choking the marketplace.
All over the country, unscientifically designed buildings are compromising the environment. These buildings waste energy and produce locality-corroding contaminants. With the global real estate focus now firmly on sustainability, India needs to up the ante on ‘Green’ buildings, or environment-sustaining residential developments.
What are the technologies you adopt while doing green project?
At Amit Enterprises Housing Ltd, we are constantly finding and implementing new methods of cost-effective, eco-friendly, high-grade construction. The hallmarks of our genuine green living project are site sensitivity, water efficiency, energy efficiency and eco-friendliness:
This is a technical term that needs to be explained in plainer words. Site responsiveness means that the entire plot’s existing fertile soil has been preserved and re-used during construction process.
Another measure to ensure site responsiveness is to plant native trees around the project to ensure that the landscaping stays in perfect balance with its natural surroundings.
Often, developers of green residential projects also ensure that all exposed surfaces are designed with a reflective finish to minimize the ‘heat island’ effect. Also, to further reduce environmental impact by motor vehicle use, these projects are designed in such a manner that all basic amenities are within walking distance.
Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular, and they are certainly the most sustainable option for shorter distances. In response to this, the perfect green residential project will feature parking facilities that are equipped with electric charging points.
Water efficiency in a green project means that all roof surfaces need to be provided with modern rainwater harvesting equipment, and lawn areas must be optimized to reduce water consumption.
The residential units themselves must also be provided with water efficient flush and flow fittings. 100% of the generated waste water must be treated for reuse in toilet flushes, landscaping and project maintenance.
Air conditioning, plumbing and electric systems must stringently follow the national energy consumption code. Also, a bonafide green project will feature air conditioning units that do not require harmful chemicals like CFC and HCFC. To eliminate wasteful and energy leakage, the walls, roofs and glazed surfaces must be adequately insulated.
Photo voltaic cells need to be incorporated to handle a part of connected building load, and the entire project must be further enabled with a non-polluting and highly efficient electric backup system.
All construction materials need to be fully used on site, thereby reducing the landfill load on the city. Recycled material must be used wherever possible, and local/ regional materials need to be given preference during the construction process. During the process itself, organic and inorganic waste must be collected and treated separately.
We are now seeing increasing use of the modern Aluform construction process, which has the advantages of being recyclable, highly versatile and eminently durable. Normal construction uses wooden panels which can be used to a maximum of 25 times before being turned into scrap, while aluminium panels can be reused up to 200 times.
The Alu-form construction technique is a major leap forward for sustainable real estate development, and the final word in green construction. Our continuing commitment to the principles and practice of sustainable development has logically led to our adoption of this construction technology in our projects, which is now being used in many of our projects in Pune and also one project in Nasik.
The Alu-Form system is a revolutionary innovation in construction technology that allows for the speedy, accurate and highly consistent casting of all internal and external walls, columns, beams, floor slabs, stairs and other parts of a concrete building. It is an integrated system which merges the wall and slab panels into a seamless unit. With a drastic reduction of form-jointed sections, the end products have superior resilience to wear, tear and degradation.
Using the building’s architectural blueprint as a guideline, highly resilient aluminium panels are pre-designed for all concrete elements of the building’s superstructure. Alu-Form technology allows internal electrical fittings and plumbing to be incorporated with a high degree of design efficiency, and as part of the overall building plan. This factor reduces the probability of electrical and plumbing failures. On the rare occasions when they do occur, such problems can be quickly isolated and fixed.
This contributes to the overall cost-effectiveness of owning a home constructed with Alu-Form technology. Moreover, the use of this construction technology vastly reduces the chance of on-site mishaps, making it one of the safest systems for building construction currently available.
How do you provide complete satisfaction to your clients?
Over the several years that Amit Enterprises Housing Ltd. has been active in real estate development, our clients have learned to trust and depend on AEHL as a reliable and respectable name in the industry. Our brand is synonymous with quality construction, timely delivery, top-of-the line amenities, the best locations and complete value for money. In the highly competitive real estate market, these attributes are the hallmarks for success. Nothing works better than client satisfaction.