How wonderful would it be to be able to reduce the construction time and at the same time, have a house that is friendlier to the environment?
दोस्तों अगर ये आर्टिकल आपको अच्छा लगे तो हमारे चैनल को सब्सक्राइब एंड शेयर जरूर करे जिससे आपको इस तरह के आर्टिकल सबसे पहले मिले
Well, Hexpressions, a startup based out of Jaipur, has a solution to these problems. The start-up’s ready to assemble green homes take about two weeks to install and what’s even better is that the walls of these houses are made from recycled paper, making your house a sustainable structure. And fret not! These houses are fireproof and waterproof!
Founded in March 2018 by architect husband-wife duo Abhimanyu Singh and Shilpi Dua, Hexpressions has built six homes in total in Bengaluru and Jaipur using their sustainable technology.
“Since we use recycled paper, the carbon footprint of our structures is 80 per cent less than that of conventional ones,” informs Shilpi, in conversation with The Better India (TBI).
Hexpressions and Their Special Building Techniques
The most interesting aspect about the houses of Hexpressions is that they are built using composite honeycomb sandwich panels and one sq. ft of these panels can withstand upto 100 kgs of load! That is how strong they are. Each of these panels are constructed using strips of sturdy recycled paper which are folded in a hexagonal shape and arranged like cells.
What the composite honeycomb sandwich panels looks like from the inside
These hexagonal-shaped cells are sandwiched between two panels made from plywood or cement fiber boards. They use galvanised iron channels on the four edges of the panels to maintain shape and structure. Iron hollow pipes in rectangular and square shapes are also used in the installation. These pipes provide structure to the homes and the panels are slid onto.
“The triangle is the strongest shape if you look at it in construction terms as it holds its form. Now, a hexagon is actually made up of six triangles making it very sturdy. This technique has also been used in the case of commercial aircrafts using aluminium sheets as it makes the structure light but durable. It does the same for structures we build using this technology,” explains Shilpi.
The firm gets these panels made locally. These structures are sound proof, shock absorbent and since these panels are very light, they can be assembled quickly.
A sustainable home built by Hexpressions
Hexpressions’ structures can be between 190 sq. ft to 400 sq. ft. at the cost of about Rs. 6 lakhs to Rs 10 lakhs and can go up depending on the size of the structure.
Customers and Queries
Sixty Six-year-old Kultar Singh is a retired SBI banker based in Jaipur who had bought a 2700 sq. ft plot with the idea to construct some small shops and rent them out.
“I already have six shops in the plot and there was enough space to construct one more. However, since this plot of land was near the main road, the construction process had to be quick as it would have blocked a section of the road otherwise. Which is why I started researching companies that would quickly construct the shop,” explains Singh.
This is when Singh came across Hexpressions. Upon consultation, they informed him that they could install the 9 ft by 13 ft shop within three or four days.
A man working with the panels in a construction project based out of Jaipur
It has been over one and a half years now that the shop was constructed. Singh spent somewhere between Rs. 80,000 to 90,000 in getting the shop built and gets a rent of Rs. 12,000 from that shop every month.
“If I had opted for conventional structure, it would’ve taken a lot of time and also more money in terms of labour and materials. I am very pleased with the shop as until now, I haven’t faced any kind of difficulty in terms of maintenance,” says Singh.
When clients approach the firm, they come with a lot of queries.
House made of paper? Economic Viability? Durability? Are some of the queries that Shilpi comes across often.
“People expect these homes to be economical and feel less convinced of the construction techniques. But, what we try to explain to them is that if you look at the time taken and the cost that one would save on labour and other construction materials, it is comparatively cheaper,” says Shilpi.
They started out their venture by winning a grant after they applied to the Green Summer School’s business incubator programme in Germany in 2017. Later, the startup also received support and guidance under IIM-Bangalore’s incubator programme where about 100 women were selected and Shilpi was one of them.
The artichitect duo at a Smartcity expo in Rajasthan
Later, Abhimanyu Singh won the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” at the Tie global summit held at New Delhi on Nov. 2018. Recently, they were selected for “Leaders in Innovation Fellowship” #LIF by Royal Academy of Engineers, London and represented India in the cohort in January this year.
So, what do the duo hope to achieve in the future?
Now, Shilpi is very excited about the furniture line that the duo launched a few months back. And, they want to use other green materials in their construction process.
“In the next five years, we want to build 500 houses across the country. We want our future generation to live in greener homes and reduce our carbon footprint,” she says signing off.