Tata Steel has pioneered many new initiatives to benefit its consumers through various product & service innovations. In keeping with the same spirit of innovation and to reach out to the rural mass in terms of a better place to live, the company has now come up with an affordable yet innovative housing solution for its customers i.e. Nest-In.
Tata Steel Flat Products Division has established market leadership in Steel Roofing in India over the past decade, through its brand Tata Shaktee. Tata Steel has pioneered many new initiatives to benefit its consumers through various product & service innovations. In keeping with the same spirit of innovation and to reach out to the rural mass in terms of a better place to live, the company has now come up with an affordable yet innovative housing solution for its customers i.e. Nest-In. The solution comes with standard doors, windows, foundation & installation service.
NEST-IN is a complete building solution, which provides a simple & quick solution to building houses. The Nest-In is a light gauge steel frame construction solution, made of cold rolled high strength galvanised steel, which offers high seismic resistance. The construction is thermally insulated by means of insulation between the internal & external rendering made of cement particle boards. The steel sections are joined using patented DippleKlick technology so as to minimize the use of fasteners and improve efficiency.
Nest-In is ideal for applications like Houses, Shops, Medical Clinics, Community Centres, Site offices, Guard Huts, Aaanganwadi, etc. Moreover, the steel used in the house is 100% recyclable. Nest-In is eco-friendly in the sense that the construction process is almost dry and does not waste resources or pollute the environment to the extent the conventional building methods
We at Steel 360 interviewed Ms. Atrayee Sarkar, Chief of Marketing & Sales, Branded Products, Retail & Solutions, Tata Steel to know more about the product. Here are the excerpts.
Q. If you can share the instance when the company assessed the need of Nest In and its planning/engineering henceforth?
A. There are 247 million households in India. Of this, 178 million are in rural India. Of this, 160 million are kutcha or semi-pucca houses. The government alone builds around four million housing units every year. Nest-In is a cost-effective and viable solution for those who wish to upgrade from kutcha and semi-pucca housing solutions to cost-effective and good quality houses.
Q. If you can discuss a few practical examples where the product is deployed?
A. Nest-In units are being set up in the Phailin affected areas of Odisha and areas of Uttarakhand that were ravaged by floods & landslide. The units are being set up elsewhere as well.
Q. How economical is this product? Apart from the rescue missions, where else this project can be practically applied?
A. The standard cost of a Nest-In housing solution is about INR 1,000 to 1,100 per sq. ft. With solar lighting and water heater systems, it can go up to INR 1,800 per sq. ft.
There are many uses of Nest-In such as predefined layouts for housing purposes which can be modified as per requirement. NEST200 can be used as a shop with a 200sq. ft. covered area. Most popular use of product is in building site office, as this acts as a temporary structure and can be moved to another location when needed at a much reduced cost. Apart from this it has been already used in building community centres in various villages, cafeteria, medical centres in the middle of nowhere, NEST512-KTV layout can be used as a farmhouse and many other vivid applications.
Q. How much pressure can these structures take being earthquake resistant?
A. Nest-In units conform to Eurocode BS EN 1993-1-3 standard, which has seismic resistance as one of its components.