A modest contribution to a better world

Our company Withindia Building Solutions is an ordinary company, just like yours. There are times when our focus shifts to something else beyond commercial activities, and we start working on a great project. This project is the Mr. Keepi Foundation.

What do we want to achieve with the Mr. Keepi Foundation?

Main objective for the Mr. Keepi Foundation is to contribute to a sustainable development of the countryside of India. However, we know development is a broad subject, and therefore we focus on inventing and applying smart solar power solutions and education programs for children.

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We have developed three down-to-earth programs, in which we contribute to better life for children and their parents in India. It consists of the following programs:

  • Light for Education
  • Mr. Keepi Solar Fund
  • Smart Classroom

Learn more about the Mr. Keepi Foundation by clicking on the images in this post.

To whom are you concerned about?

We have experienced that it is hard to have an idea about how people live on the countryside in India. Hence we wanted to visualize and bring the world of Mr. Keepi closer to you. An image tells so much more than words. Therefore we created a photo album. The photos in this album will tell you a story about the state of Rajasthan, in particular the villages we work in. Hopefully you will get inspired, just like us.

The album is 100,- Euro. Half part of the revenue will be invested in the Light for Education program of Mr. Keepi.

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What is our contribution until now?

Well, since 2014 till the first of October this year we have provided in total 28 schools and 1071 students a mobile solar cell light. Not only used by the children, but very useful for all family members!

Besides this initiative 273 families were able to buy a Solar Home System as they used our micro credit system (Mr. Keepi Solar Finance Fund).
The children in those families who were using our lights were performing better at school in comparison to students who were using old kerosene lights. A first contribution to a better life.

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Forecast 2017

We will continue with our efforts the coming year, we want to give the opportunity to another 1000 students to participate in the Light for Education program. The first gift is already collected: Kids4Kids run by way of Three Lions Clubs in the city of Voorburg-Leidschendam (The Netherlands). In addition we really need your help to evolve this project!

Do you want to contribute as well?

We invite you to make a donation on: IBAN NL02 INGB 0007 2199 85, in the name of Stiching Mr. Keepi Foundation, at the city of Voorburg (The Netherlands). A gift of 12,50 Euro helps one student! If you are interested in the Mr. Keepi photo album? Please get in touch personally. The edition is limited. Many thanks in advance!

Our Mr. Keepi team wishes you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Blog: Jan Engels and Pablo Heiliegers

SINH™ magnesium oxide building products at Green Building Congress

The Green Building Congress took place in Mumbai from 6 to 8 October this year. The Indian Green Building Council facilitated this event.
This is a look back of Withindia Building Solutions. 

Professionals from all over the world linked to sustainable building showed up during this congress to attend speeches from the leading innovators in green building. In addition companies connected to green building had the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their latest product innovations at the exhibition hall.
The exhibition hall contained over a hundred stands, settled by the most sustainable building brands of the world.
 
 

Withindia Building Solutions and Magnesium Oxide

Why magnesium oxide products? First of all this mineral has a low carbon footprint and it contributes to greener building methods. Withindia Building Solutions (WIBS) designs and produces panels and boards containing magnesium oxide for new-build, renovation or restoration purposes. Especially relevant is the presence of WIBS, and therefore it attended both the exhibition and congress. WIBS got the chance to introduce their product range with: SINH™ board, SINH™ laminate, and SINH™ panel to many constructors and architects. 

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Visitors at the Withindia exhibition stand at The Green Building Congress

 

“It is good to see people in India are interested and focussed on green building for a sustainable future.”

Stijn Veeger, Product Manager at Withindia Building Solutions (SINH™)

 

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Visitors have especially a lot of interest in SINH™ panelsPrefabricated building is a topic that is gaining more and more popularity in India and in addition Europe. Since this was the topic of the key note speakers of the first morning of the congress our stand was visited by innovative-thinking constructors and architects to see our SINH panel ‘LIVE’.
In conclusion: The Green Building Congress was a great success and a perfect match for WIBS.

Blog: Stijn Veeger

20 Smart cities chosen in India

Indian Government has announced by word of the Minister of Urban Development its list of 20 Smart Cities from 11 States and Delhi.

20 Winning cities have proposed a total investment of Rs.50,802 cr (7,6 billion Euro) over five years with all the cities proposing Public-Private-Partnership as a major vehicle of resource mobilization. A total area of 26,735 acres has been identified by these cities for making them smart through necessary interventions.

Elaborating on the advantages of Smart City Mission, the Minister Naidu said that this leads to integrated urban planning by addressing the issue of infrastructure, land use planning, transport, urban design and architecture in a holistic manner unlike in the past. Stating that building a smart city is not a destination but a series of small steps in that direction.

The Smart City plan was launched to support the fast urbanization and sustainable growth in India. Studies show that India has to built between 700-900 million sqft of residential and commercial space a year until 2030: equivalent of adding more than 2 Mumbai’s every year.

Among the 20 Smart Cities are: Jaipur, Udaipur (Rajasthan), Surat and Ahmedabad (Gujarat).

The list of Smart Cities is published by the Press Information Bureau on Jan 29, 2016.

Magnesium Oxide Boards: Innovative solution for Architects and Designers?

Last December 2015, our company had a stand at Credai Gujarat Builders Exposition in Ahmedabad.

A lot of visitors were very eager to know more about Magnesium Oxide Boards. So that is why I hope this article may provide some clarity.

Magnesium Oxide Boards are usually referred to as MgO boards. It is a factory made product. Most manufacturers can be found in China. Finding a trustworthy supplier can be a hassle and will consume a lot of your time.

The boards are made of Magnesium Oxide, a mineral bonded cement. This mineral supports a lot of important features like fire resistance, water resistance, its light weight, and resistance to mold and mildew. MgO boards are available in various thicknesses and sheet sizes. The board makes a hard sound when you rap with your fingers on it.

Magnesium itself is a silvery metal and is a solid at room temperature. It is lighter than Aluminium. As a metal it is mostly used in alloy form, particularly for lightweight high performance structures like airplanes. Pure Magnesium in its raw form is not stable –it burns. Magnesium Oxide however is the exact opposite: it is completely non-flammable and used for fireproofing.

Magnesiumcabonate is a stone-like material, which exists in large deposits as raw ‘rock’ and is mined like other minerals. It is ground up, crushed and calcined at temperatures between 450C and 900C. During a chemical process Magnesium Oxide is made. This is crushed into a powder with different purities. For usage in building applications purities between 80-85% are good enough.
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Big raw deposits of Magnesium Carbonate can be found in China (80%), India, South Korea, Brazil, Turkey, Greece, USA, Canada and Australia. The deposits to be found around the world are so big that this resource will be with us for decades. In the MgO Board Factory Magnesium Oxide powder will be used together with some other additives as well. These include saw dust, Perlite and Magnesium Chloride. Also fibre mesh is added to build upon the strength of the board. MgO Boards can be used for various applications like walling, flooring, under roofing, ceiling, tile backing and underlayment, furniture and duct covering. In India very nice decorations are made with the boards as they are also very easy to (water) cut by CNC.

SINH™ boards used as duct covering bungalow in Bhavnagar (Gujarat)

When you start designing and use MgO boards, you will find numerous applications to choose from. Like its size (twice as large as gypsum boards) or its weight (half of cement fibre boards) or its water resistance (unlike like Plywood and Gypsum boards).

The MgO Boards also contribute to lower building cost (material, labour, energy):

  • The boards are use in dry construction so you can skip lorries carrying cement & water;
  • The boards enable light weight designs of roofs & floors which will lower your bills to steel constructors;
  • The acoustic capabilities will provide alternative material for ceilings;
  • The boards replace concrete and steel constructions for your roofing thus saving cost;
  • When you need a fire resistant construction you can design thinner layers than you normally would do with traditional materials.

Concluding when you are interested in applying this relatively new material in India, you might consider the following points:

  1. For which purpose am I going to use the MgO Boards?
  2. Can I build upon the specific features of this material?
  3. Can the board help reduce building costs when I design smartly?

Bungalow Park Vapi, India

For the construction of a new Project Bungalow Park in the state of Gujarat, SINH Building Solutions teamed up with Avadh.

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A company that has implemented groundbreaking projects in Amreli, Surat, Bardoli, Navsari and Ahmedabad. Avadh has a strong reputation for pioneering innovative building solutions in the design of lifestyle projects, and its quest for innovation led to the sourcing of SINH™ board for roofing underlayment for this project.

Avadh’s choice of SINH™ board was based mainly on the fact that SINH™ board is strong and lightweight, making it possible to reduce the load on the rooftop structure. This generated significant cost savings in the steel roof construction, as well as for transport and labour costs.

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Other compelling arguments for using SINH™ board were that SINH™ board is fire- and water-resistant, highly durable and can serve as an excellent insulation layer for both hot and cold. All these properties enabled Avadh to comply with the most stringent of health and safety requirements in this project.

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The fact that SINH Building Solutions is a stock-holding company in SINH™ magnesium oxide boards, offering great technical service and timely on-site delivery, sealed the partnership. The end result was excellent collaboration and the realisation of yet another innovative building project for Avadh.

If you have any questions according our projects or if you need more information about how to apply MgO boards for roofing underlayment, please contact us through the contact form below.