Godrej Construction, the real estate arm of Godrej & Boyce – the Godrej Group’s flagship company, announced its partnership with Tvasta, an IIT-Madras alumni Startup, to introduce and commercially deploy an innovative 3D construction printing (3DCP) technology in India.
Godrej Construction and Tvasta will develop sustainable infrastructure projects, housing solutions, disaster relief structures, national defense related applications, and various other public amenities in India and around the world, inspired by Atmanirbhar Bharat.
3D Construction Printing Technology in India
Godrej Construction and Tvasta have already collaborated to develop a proof-of-concept to address the growing needs of India’s real estate and infrastructure sectors. The bus shelter was 3D printed in just 32 hours and assembled on-site in 8 hours.
To encourage the adoption of circular economy principles in the construction industry, Godrej Construction and Tvasta have created for the first time a very sustainable concrete mix design that includes approximately 30% recycled concrete aggregates (RCA) sourced from concrete waste debris and recycled at the Godrej Recycled Concrete Plant in Vikhroli, Mumbai. The one-of-a-kind structure features a distinct physical design – curvilinear geometry – to highlight the aesthetic versatility, structural advantages, and excellent potential that this technology has to offer the construction industry. It is completely energy efficient, with independent solar panels lighting the bus shelter and commercial signage at night. The concept arose during Godrej & Boyce’s ‘Sprint’ Initiative, a company-wide intrapreneurial innovation program.
Tvasta, a deep-technology start-up based in Chennai and Bengaluru, has created an indigenous 3D construction printing platform that uses automation and robotics for a faster and more sustainable construction process than traditional methods. The new platform also allows for the use of modular off-site construction techniques. These factors can help reduce the overall carbon footprint of construction projects while also improving safety by lowering the possibility of onsite worker injuries.
“We are glad to collaborate with Tvasta, an indigenously developed 3D construction printing technology start-up in India. Godrej Construction is committed towards providing innovative and sustainably designed customer centric solutions for the built environment. Having jointly developed this pilot project, we believe that there is a great opportunity for us to leverage and scale-up the use of this new technology for the benefit of our stakeholders.”– Anup Mathew, Sr. VP and business head, Godrej Construction
Mathew added, “Our endeavour will now be to jointly engage with key industry stakeholders for exploring appropriate opportunities for the deployment of this 3DCP technology, which even globally is still in a relatively nascent and evolving stage of development.”
Vidyashankar C, co-founder and COO, Tvasta, added, “We’re happy to partner with a pioneer and thought leader in the building materials sector such as Godrej Construction. We are optimistic that this synergy will aid in the rapid scale-up of our technology platform. In turn, this will undoubtedly, extend the range of construction solutions that Tvasta offers for the many distinct use-cases in the country.”
Godrej Construction, a Rs 1000 crore business of Godrej & Boyce, is currently looking to expand its offerings in the construction sector.
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