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Architecture students learn how to incorporate ventilation and fire safety systems in buildings

In a guest lecture, students were also informed about sustainable architecture and other contemporary practices

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Students of Apeejay School of Architecture & Planning, Greater Noida, attended a special guest lecture this month on “Building Control Systems and Ventilation”.

The lecture was conducted by Sandeep Goel, who is a committee member of National Building Code of India-2005 and 2016 Part 4 (Fire and Life Safety), Part 9 (Plumbing Services), and Part 11 (Approach to Sustainability). With a career spanning more than 25 years, Goel has worked as a hands-on design engineer and thereafter as a project director with successfully designed systems for numerous projects.

He has also been closely involved in the design, coordination, and innovation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) Services Design of over 500 projects including hotels, hospitals, offices, retail stores, and residential and high-rise projects.

A certified fire protection specialist, Goel was also a visiting faculty for over 15 years for Masters of Building Engineering and Management at School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi.

In the lecture, attended by final-year students of B Arch, Goel highlighted the important role of building control systems. He explained the concept to students with real-world analogies. He further focused on the importance of mechanical ventilation in various types of buildings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasising the need for good indoor air quality to keep healthy.

Goel also elaborated on the oft-discussed issue of sustainability and promoted awareness about contemporary architectural practice. He also covered the various fire safety measures and controls installed in buildings with reference to codes.

Goel concluded the lecture by enumerating the obligations of an architect in order to build a better society.

“The lecture was very fruitful for all of us. Building Control Systems and Mechanical Ventilation System play a significant role in any type of building whether it is commercial, healthcare, institutional or residential. This lecture was very important for students studying architecture, particularly those doing their thesis this semester,” said Ar Naved Ariyana, assistant professor, Apeejay School of Architecture & Planning.

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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