Lighting options to run fans, lights, television, and computer on solar power, receive good enquiries at Archmat
The impact of rising mercury levels and unscheduled power outages do not affect product fairs as evident from the choice of solutions and services at ‘Archmat’, the architectural and art expo underway in the city, where ‘energy conservation’ and ‘eco-friendly’ are catchwords.
Almost every sales person is keen to promote the ‘green’ label of the product at the expo hosted by the Archtrust and The Indian Institute of Architects-Tiruchi.
Solar panel, fundamental lighting options to run two fans, lights, and a television or a computer on solar power, and solar inverters with back-up up to six hours are receiving many enquiries.
LED lighting options with under-19 watt tube lights and bulbs offer another option to reduce power tariffs.
“The initial investment for a single tube may range around Rs.2, 000, but with close to 40,000 burning hours that amounts to ten years, the investment can be recovered shortly,” says a sales executive.
Further instances of the battle against power outages are weathering tiles, corrugated roofing and solid clay blocks, preferred as solutions to cut down temperatures inside homes.
Granite ammikalu that is smaller and lighter is an alternative when electric mixers betray and window frames fitted with meshes promise to keep mosquitoes out and fresh air in.
Not just another brick wall
Next to conservation, it is the aesthetic tag that is the most popular.
Even the most mundane items are reinvented in the guise of four millimetre peel-away, plywood, decorative veneer to cover surfaces of cabinets and cupboards, glossy designer granite tiles and laminations to the tune of vaastu shastra.
Substitutes for brick walls range from textured, bright exteriors to dry walls made of gypsum or fibre cement boards, touted as ideal for extension works without adding to the load of the building.
If you do not like staring at a bare wall, you can choose from imported wall paper, printed aluminium composite panels and double-shaded blinds.
Wooden floors, leakage control services, sewage treatment devices, carpets for individual tiles allow a fair assessment of what is in the market for renovation, addition, and beautification.
Indulgences and style
Sensor-activated water closets with temperature control, sleek bathroom fittings promising water conservation and health faucets designed to prevent clogging of salt sediments combine style with sensitivity.
Indulgences come in the form of electronic chimneys fitted with LCD monitor, FM radio, USB port, and a steam room fitted with music and foot massage.
Also found are murals, silk thread bangles, design books and sculptures.
Discounts are available. The expo on between 10 a.m and 8 p.m at Kalaignar Arivalayam, Karur Bypass Road, concludes on October 14.