BEAMS 2018: Building, Electrical, Air-conditioning, Maintenance & Safety of Hotels
The conclave bought together decision makers from hospitality companies, commercial offices, malls and hospital sectors to discuss sustainability and energy conservation.
CEOs, DOEs, chief engineers, purchase heads, architects and MEP consultants from pioneering firms gathered at Novotel Mumbai on October 6 for the third edition of Hotelier India BEAMS 2018 (Building, Electrical, Air-conditioning, Maintenance & Safety) powered by Hotel Chief Engineers Association- AWESOME, in association with Lubrizol. Swastik Synergy, Bonton Cables, Astral Pipes, Armstrong, Honeywell and Bender partnered with the team for networking, while Viega, Solar Gard, Adfors and Orient Fire Curtains partnered for exhibit.
S Saikumar, Managing Director – ITP Media Group, opened the conference by welcoming the attendees and thanking the associates and partners. After offering a tribute to Late Dr. Prem C Jain, Chairman – IGBC, with a short film, Saikumar invited Prem Thakur – Director Design & Projects, Marriott International & President – AWESOME for his introductory address. Thakur touched base on the aims & objectives of AWESOME, introduced the governing body members and highlighted the organisation’s presence and key initiatives.
For the industry keynote address, Shri S K Dheri, Ex Chief Fire Officer – Delhi Fire Services, was introduced and invited on stage. Dheri expressed his heart out while sharing his experience and knowledge on the different engineering and operational zones in hospitality spaces, marine departments, commercial spaces and other public areas and how to go about with maintaining fire safety of the same. “We made a lot of changes to our code of practice over time to make the overall unit implementable, effective and easy to work with. We adopted two kinds of audits- regular audits and audits by surprise to keep the quality and working of the fire safety systems in check.” Dheri mentioned in conclusion. Dheri was felicitated for his presence and talk.
Next, Peter Staelens, EMEA Regional Manager – Solar Gard, Saint-Gobain Belgium, took the stage to speak about ‘Solutions for more sustainability, safety and security’ in hotels. “We have a menu for improving performance of existing glass in different conditions. Ultimately, it provides better visual comfort, fading protection and offers a new look to the façade.” said Staelens while elaborating the solutions offered by the company. Sudhir Shelar, Chief Engineer – Facility – JSW Steel, came on to felicitate Staelens on behalf of the organisers.
Saikumar invited Sanjay Durani, Key Account Manager – South Asia – Lubrizol, for his industry address. Durani, while briefly mentioning the product offerings by Lubrizol, said, “We not only provide the product and the awareness of the product, but we also run programs to make sure our piping systems are put to use effectively for light hazard applications in the industry.” Peter Dsouza, General Manager- Engineering – Lilavati Hospital, felicitated Durani.
After a short tea break, Mihir Sanghavi from ISHRAE took the spotlight to speak about the organisation and its flagship program Acrex India 2019. “The main aim of ISHRAE is dissemination of knowledge. We run multiple programs from technical talks to certification programs. We initiated a ‘job junction’ where college students can apply and avail jobs in 7-8 locations across the country.” Sanghavi proudly shared.
Moving on to the first panel discussion for the day focused on ‘Fire Safety: National Building code, Fire and Life Safety requirements & Trends’, Sandeep Goel, Director – Proion Consultants, took the charge to moderate the facility-centric panel members.
Chalet being associated with multi-national firms, Doctoria was asked to share his experiences about filling the gaps during international operations, setbacks in standards and lack of support from local authorities. “Speaking from an owning company’s perspective, we always try and maintain international standards as suggested by the operation team. After all, the hotel is our property and we wish to maintain it smoothly and properly.” Doctoria mentioned.
With an aim to take inputs from the healthcare segment professional, Dsouza was asked to deliberate on best practices. He explained, “Most hospitals now have a robust system of disaster management in place which includes a management team and first-responders who are trained beforehand to react instantly in time of need. Other than that, the architects and designers are responsible for integrating newer technologies and strategies during the construction stage itself for achieving safety and security of the inmates during operation.”
Tendulkar agreed and added, “Right from the building design stage, we associate with the designers and engineers to share our inputs and familiarise ourselves with the upcoming systems. In high rise buildings, the dependency of firefighting is more on internal systems. Men and material, both, need to work together in sync for best results.”
Considering the production-based deliverable system of JSW, Shelar was asked to share his feedback on NBC and its expectations. “In factory and manufacturing settings, it is important to keep a fire safety officer on duty round the clock to guard any emergency situation. This reduces the impact of fire hazards on the production, thereby maintaining a healthy business.” shared Shelar.
Bhattcharyya, while talking about electrical safety, said, “The standards have been implied in India, but are not meticulously practiced in all cases. Designers, consultants and customers need to search for and apply latest standards that take care of all aspects of design and operation.”
At the conclusion of the first panel session, Kumar recommended, “Improper maintenance is one of the main cause of fire eruptions; all maintenance must be audited, carried out and recorded to keep the process in check. Auto-operated, self-sustained fire systems can be integrated in different areas to carry out an efficient firefighting situation.”
Vikram Chowbal, VP – Projects, Management – Global Design Asia Pacific- Marriott International, and Mukesh Shah, Director- Swastik Energy felicitated the panel members.
Next, Raman Kapur, MD, Orient Fire Curtains India, took to the stage to speak about the company he comes from and products like automated fire curtains and multiple curtains. Appreciating NBC’s revised clause about commercial kitchens, Kapur happily said, “The code specifies us to segregate the sitting area to the open-type kitchen cooking space by 60 min fire rated glass or drop fire curtains. A major issue of fire breakouts has been addresses and corrected with this clause.”
Sunil Relia, VP – Technical, JLL India, came up to share his informative presentation on ‘Applicability of Heat Pumps in Hospitality’. Relia elaborated the many advantages of heat pumps saying, “Heat pumps are efficient systems of heating water up to 60 degrees; they are safe and free of scalding; they are highly economical and low on carbon footprint.” Shailesh Khamar, Head of Sales– Viega India Pvt Ltd, was invited to felicitate Relia before dispersing for lunch.
Post a sumptuous meal, Saikumar invited UVK Rao, Chief Excecutive, UVK Susnomics Engineering Pvt Ltd, to deliver his industry keynote address. “Sustainability, in simple words, is to be in sync with nature. We are constantly taking and taking from nature, and hoping it will get replenished automatically one day. In commercial context, sustainability is a boon for organisations that carry it out effectively.” mentioned Rao as part of his insightful talk.
Next, Suyash Munje, Regional Sales Manager – Armstrong India, took to the stage to introduce the brand, its journey, solutions, global presence and sustainability initiatives. Munje also touched base on Armstrong’s Intelligent Variable Speed Pumps and Generation 5 pumps, its USPs, advantages and features. The company also offers integrated plant controllers, Plant Room Solution IPC 9521, Integrated plant packages and Packaged fire solutions, said Munje. Relia felicitated Munje on behalf of the hosts.
The second panel discussion focused on ‘Sustainability at heart of Engineering: Operations – Trends & Future, Water, HVAC, Lighting & innovative Building integrated operations’. Rakesh Bhatia, Sr. Vice President, Ecofirst Services Limited, moderated the session consisting of DOEs and Chief Engineers.
Bhatia set the context for the panel and posed to Saravana to share his vision and approach to facilitate energy, water and waste reduction. “At Marriott, we have a long-term plan in place. Beyond water saving and energy saving, we initiated a sustainability program ‘Self 360’ which includes community services and growth targets to achieve resource sensibility. We also empower our partners to grow along with us in the journey. Human rights are also deliberated in the organszation to achieve legal strength.”
Jayakumar agreed and added, “The sustainability journey needs to start from the design stage itself. While setting up our hotel, we not only looked upon existing models to build the baseline, but also created our own standards and references that worked in our favour.”
Shankareshwaran shared his points, saying, “We need to have a very strong data collection system of air conditioning, lighting, energy usages, heating, water systems etc. Once all the data is available in the baseline calculation, improvements regarding savings can be done by bringing the operators, controllers and general managers into play.”
Tripathy achieved a targeted 15% reduced energy consumption at one of Taj’s project within five years. Talking about the success journey, he said, “I took a lot of advice and inputs from the company heads and industry veterans. We always take a buy-in from our team before incorporating any new technology, operation or resource. Many companies today have a BMS system but not all are working to their full efficiency. Till the time we don’t have the required resources and we don’t know how to handle it, we cannot achieve targets.”
Avinash Shukla, Sr. Manager Marketing – Astral Pipes, took the opportunity to thank and felicitate the speakers of the second panel discussion for their dialogues and time.
After a networking tea break, Pavel Singh, National Sales Manager – Saint Gobain ADFORS, shared a presentation on ‘Innovative textiles’. He shared features, applications, certifications and high points of the ADFORS Novelio product line. Thakur from Marriott felicitated Singh on behalf of the organisers.
The third panel discussion, which focused on ‘The increase of Automation & Technology focus in Hospitality Industry: Demands & new skill sets’, commenced. It was moderated by IT Expert Ravish Jala.
Jala kick-started the session by asking the panelists to speak about adoption and prioritisation of automation in any project. Inamdar shared his take saying, “Automation has now become pervasive; not only the core operation, but the end user is also a part of the whole system. In both retrofitting and new projects, we need to factor how our systems are going to interface with various stakeholders — from operators to owners to end user. Finally, we need to articulate our value proposition well across all these three layers.”
Being the only architect on the panel, Jala asked Vivek to share his experience in talking the various stakeholders into incorporating automation in projects. “The awareness among the stakeholders has impressively increased and we no longer have to convince them to bring in automation into the design. However, we do educate them about the future possibilities, enablers and features of the new systems and how to keep budget into consideration.” he pointed.
Coming from a large enterprise, Bobhate was posed to talk about how automation has benefitted their company at large. “We are always game in adopting cutting edge technology. Web-enabled user interfaces, dedicated softwares, control technology, wireless connectivity — all contributes to achieving flexibility and agility in lighting, air conditioning and other electrical operations.” Bobhate mentioned proudly.
Jala asked Choudhary to point out the automation systems incorporated in the HRH’s museum at Udaipur. Choudhary explained, “While deploying the new technology, getting the infrastructure ready across the whole property was a big challenge for us. We integrated an Augmented Reality Application at the City Palace museum where alerts are managed through IoT-enabled devices for better experience of the visitors.”
Bhatia was posed to detail his views about the compliance of automation and a community-centric design in a smart city or smart hotel module. “People, now-a-days, are converging technology towards creating a smart module; utilities are focused on; access & security needs are catered to; and data centers are created to operate and manage better. In my experience, the entire community is steadily moving towards the concept of convergence.”
Neeraj Kaushik, Director of Engineering – Renaissance, was invited to felicitate the power-packed panel members of the third interaction. Representatives from Fire & Security Association of India and Green Building Council came on to share short addresses on behalf of their organisations. Relia from JLL offered the Vote of Thanks to the organisers, associates, partners, attendees and guests for shaping up the event and making it a huge success. Cocktails and snacks followed.