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Fire is very uncertain element, it may take place anywhere irrespective of its occupancy. We can expect fire at any infrastructure can be your home, office, in hospital or in public places like plaza, malls, parks etc. Fire in any such condition can cause a severe loss for life and property.

One of the major hazards associated with fire is the toxic environment created by combustible materials, the four major risks are smoke, oxygen deficiency, elevated temperatures, and poisonous atmospheres which increases the loss of life.

In India, every year more than 25000 people die in such fire accidents.  It is estimated that about 42 females and 21 males die every day in India due to fire. According to the statistics declared by the National Crime Records Bureau, fire accounts for about 5.9% (23,281) of the total deaths reported due to natural and un-natural causes.

A common question which comes to every individual is, What should we do in any fire calamity??

  • Evacuate to a Safe Place
  • DO NOT USE LIFT
  • Do not use any fire fightng equipment unless you have any knowledge.
  • Leave the premises by the nearest EXIT.
  • Do not stop or return to collect any personal belongings.

According to me every workplace, home, school or any public malls should be equipped with Smoke Masks & Emergency Escape Hoods, the chances of survival can greatly be increased. Emergency escape hoods provide protection from the toxic fumes, and protect your airways from toxic smoke. This protection buys you precious time and allows you to evacuate through smoke safely.

In any of a fire accident, an emergency evacuation can be severely hampered by the smoke and fumes that are created. Highly toxic fumes created in fires can lead to serious poisoning – in fact according to recent research up to 80% of deaths that occur in fires are due to smoke inhalation.

In every organisation, adequate use of smoke detectors, fire alarms, automatic sprinklers, water mist systems, clean agent suppression system, should be encouraged, especially in high rise buildings. Passive fire protection system should have major role in fire protection.

In India, although there are many rules and regulations, codes and standards related to fire safety, these are seldom followed. According to me laxity in following fire safety measures causes major fires in many buildings.

Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.’ – Vince Lombardi

“The difference between victory and failure is a great team.” No matter how smart, brilliant, driven, or passionate you are, your success as an entrepreneur depends on your skill to build and motivate a team. A successful leader is one who can spur his or her team members to work well together towards a common vision and goals.

All teams develop according to some natural patterns and using that knowledge, you can offer some guidance to build the kind of team that communicates well and finds better ways to collaborate and accomplish success.

As a way to improve teamwork and help companies become more efficient, researcher Bruce Wayne Tuckman published “Tuckman’s Stages” in 1965. It talked about the four stages of development all teams move through over time: forming, storming, norming, and performing.

Here’s what it takes to cultivate a dream-team….

1) Captivating Team Resolution

Having a clear team vision is probably the most important thing for any team. This might be the same as the business vision statement, but if it’s a bigger organization, you need a specific team vision as well. The idea here is not to get too complicated, but to bring everyone together with a common purpose – something that’s motivating and somehow aligns with individuals’ goals. Use simple language that inspires the team to pull together for something bigger than themselves!

2) Strong Responsibilities

With a predominant vision, tasks need to be broken down so that each team member knows exactly how their role feeds into the vision. Uncertainty creates stress, so don’t leave people predicting. Spell out what each person is responsible for and how their role contributes to the team’s performance.

3) Optimistic Team Culture

The team culture and team norms that develop over time for the most part confirm the ways in which team members act with one another. A victorious team culture implies that team members encourage one another ,they’re equally involved concerning the team outcomes and fewer driven by individual motivations.

How do you create a positive team culture? If your team is quite homogenous, a strong team culture may come naturally, but if not, you might have to work a bit harder.

Yes, teamwork makes the dreamwork, but there’s more to it than just pitching together a group of people and hoping for the best. A dream team needs structures around it and management to get it performing at high levels. A strong leader can put in place changes to increase team performance, but equally, any team member can also implement many of these things.

 

Once you have a team with high levels of trust among members, high performance, strong and respectful relationships between members, you’ll truly understand how teamwork makes the dream-work!

Falling sick often? Here how your
paint might be to blame #MSpeaks

Are you somebody who suffers from low immunity? Do you find yourself on a supplementary diet of medications for unexplained reasons? Here's what you need to reconsider. The enclosed space where we spend the average day can turn toxic to your well-being without your knowledge. Painted walls emanate harmful chemicals which put you at risk for a number of diseases. Let me further clarify upon the subject as we make #MSpeaks a ritual at VR Build.

Indoor Air Quality

Do you know the confined space we breathe in is far more polluted than the air quality outside? A lot of factors are responsible for it, like building materials, poor ventilation, furniture, habits, and the interior decor of your home/office.

If you are susceptible to constant eyes, nose and throat irritation, suffer from shortness of breath or have unexplained irritability, you might be a victim of your immediate surroundings.

Our average household products such as upholstery, carpets, wood polishes, paint, textiles, insulated wires carry extremely hazardous compounds like Formaldehyde which pose short term and chronic illnesses which tend to worsen over a period of time, if unchecked.

Unfortunately, formaldehyde is a naturally occurring gas used in several interior materials which lead to a host of issues like low productivity, respiratory tract illnesses, and reproductive problems in men and women. Prolonged exposure might even be cancerous. Formaldehyde is a carcinogenic compound, as claimed by World Health Organization. Thus justifying how cancer is a lifestyle disease not just caused by contaminated food or an unhealthy diet.

A healthy life is desired, deserved by all means. Our core personality and purpose of life is lost if health takes a back seat. The beauty of experiencing a joyful life perishes. Additionally, chronic health issues can be extremely expensive to protect. Take the lead and rectify your health by the choices you make today

Respisafe Paint to the rescue

Veda Realty is proud to offer the best formulation in paint, Respisafe by Colortek, an anti-formaldehyde application restores health and wellness.

The paint technology absorbs and attacks the formaldehyde build up and purifies it as harmless vapor. In addition to this innovative technology, it works as a stain resistant, antibacterial, anti- burnish, high scrub-resistant, low odor, and crack-bridging formula.

Respisafe by Colortek is known to reduce 80% of formaldehyde in the first 24 hours of application and goes on to completely eliminate it from homes and spaces.

This chemical free paint is the best choice for residential, healthcare, hospitality and commercial purposes. One need not compromise on surreal colors as it provides a wide range of stunning shades along with beautiful textures which not only enhance but also restore wellness.

As physical activity is imperative to the human body so is the quality of air we breathe in. Prevent illness and protect your family members with the Respisafe shield offered exclusively by Veda Realty.

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Our paint experts will help you attain perfection in health and paint alike.

Going green is a huge deal today, and one of the most important certification programmes is called LEED.

Leadership in energy and environmental design or LEED is the green building certification programme by a non-profit U.S. green building council (USGBC). This includes a set of rating systems that are used for design, operation, maintenance and construction of green building, structures and homes that are built with the aim of sustainability along with environmental protection and optimal use of resources.

LEED is changing the way building and communities are planned today and LEED- certified buildings are high on functionality and resource efficiency as they use moderate amounts of water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and well as being financially viable.

As per the USGBC there are nine key points that are measured by LEED. They are water efficiency, location and linkages, awareness and education, innovation in design, sustainability, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and regional priority.

But just because there are these parameters for LEED certified interiors, it doesn’t make them tedious; in fact, there’s a lot you can do within these parameters and as per your own style and needs.

I have learnt through my experience and practical research, is that, all you need is an open mind, a creative outlook and a designer who is dynamic enough to execute and implement a refined vision. Here are some of my most cherished lessons that you need to remember while working for LEED certified interiors.

1. Make practical design decisions:

Designs for places like home or office should be extremely practical and user-friendly without compromising on comfort and aesthetics. I feel that keeping in mind the durability of items and take into account the daily wear and tear, is essential.

2. Don’t trust labels:

Many product labels could use words like green-washing and eco- friendly. I suggest you do not go by these labels alone as sometimes they may be marketing gimmicks. Look beyond brands and labels too, undertake comprehensive product research, at every step.

3. LEED interiors :

It also mean having a healthy home which would also imply clean indoor-air, reduced use of harmful gas and chemicals and other hazardous material.

4. Reuse and repurpose:

To keep wastage at bay make sure you try and repurpose your old furniture that can be used in multiple ways instead of just discarding and investing in new pieces. Sometimes even hand-me- downs can be useful for your interiors and can even end up saving a lot of your money.

In India, however LEED certification hasn’t taken off yet but the trend is catching up with architects and interior designers who have worked in the field of sustainable design and are inclined to pursue the subject further. In India we also have the Indian Green Building Council Accredited Professional (IGBC AP) credential that also has similar value in terms of sustainable designing.

I feel that over time, with India’s real estate and interior designing industry on the rise, an inevitable time shall come, where India will also need to go Green and follow certain standards to ensure we have our own contribution into making the world a better and Greener place.

              

In my opinion, in this age of industrialization, global warming and high levels of pollution.  “going green” is something that should be our biggest concern, to protect the world we live in. But choosing the greener, more energy-efficient option comes at a cost. To build sustainable indoors that have the right balance of effectiveness and affordability, and I am going to offer some important tips I learnt from my experiences that can be helpful for you, and the environment, as a whole.

A space that consumes less electricity, emits lower levels of carbon dioxide and takes up less resources to maintain are considered greener options. The cost of incorporating energy-saving devices into old structures can seem high but are only so because the structure was not originally built to fit these facilities. When designed from scratch, going green can actually be cost-effective and easier to implement too, as I later discovered. A 2007 survey by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development also uncovered that, on average, green buildings were thought to cost 17% more than conventional buildings. Increasing the perception that greening costs a lot more. But trust me, if done correctly, eco-friendly approaches can not only be great for the environment but also help you glaze your pockets.

An ideal home should be energy efficient; which means – well insulated, appropriately-sized, with proper orientation, energy star appliances and optimal lighting. This will help save you money every month on your electricity bills, as you consume lesser energy, which leads to lesser emission of greenhouse gases, which translates to making the world a greener place.

Building a healthy home in terms of low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), good ventilation and healthy finishes is also essential. This will improve your quality of life and keep your abode free from mould, allergies, and toxic fumes. Using durable materials is also a big plus. This will minimize your maintenance costs as these last longer and need fewer repairs in the future. In my opinion, if you have to choose, go for oak instead of bamboo, paper stone instead of granite, and always pick solar panels.

Using recycled items is also becoming a popular choice that saves you money and keeps the wastes to a bare minimum. Glasses can be refurbished as candle stands, saris as curtains and recycled water can be used for toilet flushing.

You can also reduce electricity consumption by using LED lighting and motion/IR sensor activated lights which will always be switched off if nobody’s in the room.

Use low-flush (or dual flush toilets) and low flow sinks to minimize water wastage. Similarly, ice storage can be used for cooling systems instead of using power during peak rate hours to cool your building, you actually use the refrigeration systems at night (when electricity is cheaper) to freeze water. The next day, that ice is used for the cooling system.

There is a great need to go green right now, for the sake of social welfare and sustainable development, and we, as professionals and individuals who are now capable of impacting the world at a global level with every action and reaction, must begin at home.

There are many more ways to be green along with being cost-effective all you need is the right guidance and together, we all can make the world a better place.