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DRI Pioneering Green Technology

DRI Pioneering Green Technology
 
The construction industry in India is the largest sector after agriculture, contributing around 7 per cent of India’s GDP. The sector is predicted to grow at a rate of over 11 per cent per annum for the next five years, against the world average of 5.5 per cent. In an interview with OEM Update; Varun Pahwa, VP of Desiccant Rotors International (DRI) highlights the concept of green buildings and his company’s achievement.
 
Today construction is the second largest sector after agriculture in India. Builders and real estate giants making huge investments in this. How do you find the potential of Green Buildings in India?
The world is already moving towards sustainable technologies which not only minimize the negative impact of buildings on the environment but also provide healthy inhabitant to the occupants.  The “green” buildings/ homes are a step in that direction.
Green building brings together a vast array of practices and techniques to reduce and ultimately eliminate the impacts of buildings on the environment and human health. The new technologies are being used in the construction of sustainable buildings to provide a reliable, affordable, renewable and environment friendly atmosphere.
These buildings use energy saving equipments to reduce the air-conditioning load by reduction in installed tonnage, reduction in utility bills for entire life cycle, enhanced IAQ and productivity and reduced health risks.
The overall potential for green building materials and equipment would be at least 10-fold and estimated to touch 4000 Millions US$ by 2010.
India has established itself as one of the prominent leader in constructing green buildings with more than 300 buildings and it is predicted that by 2010 this number can even rose upto 1000.  Today India is the 2nd largest carbon credit seller in the world.
 
Can you tell us about the recent trend in Indian real estate sector in terms of their using energy efficiency devices?
The construction industry in India is the largest sector after agriculture, contributing around seven per cent of India’s GDP. The sector is predicted to grow at a rate of over 11 per cent per annum for the next five years, against the world average of 5.5 per cent.
The HVAC&R (Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration) industry in India is booming, fueled by construction growth as well as big-ticket investments. Along with the growth the energy requirement is also spiraling as most of the newly constructed spaces are conditioned spaces.
Space conditioning equipments (HVAC&R) can account for about 30~45% of the total energy consumption of a building, as all buildings need outside air for ventilation which increases the air-conditioning load and thus energy costs. Thus, energy conservation is of paramount importance to check further depletion of environment cover. The role of government is very important into promoting the use of energy efficiency devices in the buildings. The Government of India has set up Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). BEE has developed specific Energy Conservation Building Codes (ECBC). ECBC set minimum energy efficiency standards for design and construction and encourage energy efficient design or retrofit of buildings.
 
What are the sectors DRI is catering for?
DRI is a world leader in fluted media technologies specializing in desiccant and enthalpy rotors and cassettes and evaporative cooling pads. DRI has established a reputation around the world for technology innovations and industry leadership in Fresh Air Treatment Products and Solutions which help maintain healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and also meet today’s environmental challenges. DRI has played a pioneer role in innovating various new Fresh Air HVAC Systems. Our products are well suited to a wide array of applications in commercial spaces like hotels, hospitals, supermarkets, auditoriums and all other conditioned spaces as well as conditioned manufacturing and processing areas like pharmaceutical, food, electronics etc.
 
What is stopping your company from tapping the untapped markets?
The biggest challenge, we have been facing to tap the market is the lack or awareness of people about IAQ. At DRI, we are trying to disseminate education and awareness about the importance of IAQ and ways to achieve it. We are receiving a good response from the stakeholders namely Architects, Developers, Owners, Engineers  etc.
 
Please highlight some of your recent achievements and key projects accomplished by DRI.
DRI has recently launched India’s first revolutionary technology DOAS (Dedicated Outdoor Air System), the ULTIMA series. The Ultima is a highly energy efficient ventilation system and provides solutions to The “Moisture Centric” tropical countries. The USP of the Ultima is that it achieves both RH control and energy recovery. For green buildings, this system can assist in scoring substantial LEED points. It is well suited to a wide array of applications in large commercial spaces like hotels, hospitals, supermarkets, auditoriums and corporate offices.
 
DRI’s Key Projects:
·         Patni Knowledge Centre- Second largest platinum rated green building in the world
·         Avani- first rated green home in India
·         Technopolis in Kolkata- Second largest carbon credit seller in India
·         Various venues at Beijing Olympics
·         DRI is a green partner of CWG 2010 in providing them Energy Recovery Systems for greening the games
 
Please tell us about your overseas operations.
DRI exports 70% of its equipment to South East Asia, China, Indian Sub continent, West Asia, Africa, Germany and Australia as well as Japan, Korea, Europe and North America. DRI has a worldwide network of sales offices all over India, USA, Brazil, Europe, UAE, Turkey, Africa, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Korea and Australia.
 
What are your future plans in expanding business activities in India and globally?
The year has started with the good news that the economy is picking up and we are optimistic that it will be good times for all of us again. We have been investing substantially in R&D and market development activities since the start to improve current products and develop new indoor environment control products. The opportunity is very large in our segment especially with the increasing inclination towards green buildings and increasing market for energy efficient HVAC systems. DRI sees itself playing a pivotal role in the green building movement.
 
How did DRI performed during the last calendar year?
DRI business has sustained out well since its inception. Due to tough economic times and corporate budgets getting tighter, there is a strong business case for investing in cost-effective sustainability initiatives that will benefit the environment, improve staff morale and productivity, and save businesses money. DRI products are the right fit for such needs. We have been investing substantially in R&D and market development activities since the start to improve current products and develop new indoor environment control products.
 
Tell us, why should customers opt for your products and solutions?
With over 200 man-years of R&D, we have perfected the “art and science” of manufacturing rotors for both latent and sensible recovery as well as for dehumidification.
DRI possesses world-class testing facilities for performance evaluation of Enthalpy Wheels and Desiccant Wheel. Apart from this we offer value for money. Our customer support system and after sales services is highly appreciated. Today we have established our mark in air management technology globally.
·         We are the largest global producer of Enthalpy wheels
·         Our products are the best performing products in the World
·         We have in-house testing and  R&D facilities
·         Our testing capabilities far exceed the others in corporate HVAC segment
·         We have Integrated  rotor manufacturing facility
·         Worldwide sales & distribution network: India, USA, Brazil, Europe, UAE, Turkey, Africa, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Korea and Australia.
 
The various achievements of DRI are:
·         DRI Green Products have been installed at various venues at Beijing Olympics
·         Awarded 100% success rating under AHRI evaluation programme for last seven consecutive years.
·         DRI products have been chosen to provide a breathe of fresh air at various CWG 2010 indoor stadiums
·         DRI has filed several Patents in past few years
·         Have become Members of GBCs (Green Building Councils) in USA, Australia, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Africa & Philippines
·         DRI has recently launched its evolutionary product -India’s first DOAS
·         DRI “Green” products have helped various Green Buildings to achieve rating points for energy certification programs like Greenstar and LEED across the world.
 

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