22 November, 2023
Unlock the doors to real estate success
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In today's edition:

  • In the news: GCCs expand, Delhi festive sale, Wine headaches
  • My thoughts on: Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Q&A: CoC v/s OC

Handpicked stories from my weekly digest

Here are the 5 stories that you need to be aware of from this past week:

  • Offshore realty: Global Capability Centres (GCCs) are expected to lease about 60-62 million square feet of space between 2023 and 2025 across India's top six cities. The GCCs, which provide offshore support to their parent companies, are playing a significant role in boosting the commercial real estate sector in cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Chennai, and the National Capital Region (NCR). Read more
  • Festive housing scheme: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is launching the 'Festival Special Housing Scheme 2023', opening registration for 32,000 new flats on November 24. These flats, spread across locations like Dwarka, Loknayakpuram, and Narela, are available in various categories including super high-income group (SHIG), high-income group (HIG), middle-income group (MIG), low-income group (LIG), and economically weaker section (EWS). Read more
  • Registrations surge: In Mumbai, property registrations saw a significant increase of 30% year-on-year during the festive period from Navratri to Bhai Dooj, reaching 12,600 units. This surge, as reported by Knight Frank, marks a decade-high momentum in the real estate market. The daily average registration rose to 407 units this year, compared to 322 units in the previous year. Read more
  • GDP growth: Goldman Sachs forecasts that India's real GDP growth will rise to 6.5% in the fiscal year 2024-25, up from an estimated 6.2% in 2023-24. This growth is anticipated due to government spending in the first half of 2024, ahead of elections, and a resurgence in private investment thereafter. The report also projects that inflation will remain above the target, with headline inflation at 5.1% and core inflation declining slightly to 4.5% in 2024. Read more
  • Red wine headaches: Scientists have identified quercetin, a flavanol found in red wine, as a potential cause of headaches associated with red wine consumption. The study, published in Chemical Senses, reveals that quercetin, when combined with alcohol, can lead to a buildup of acetaldehyde, a toxin responsible for headaches, flushing, and nausea. Read more

"BIM" bada boom


Image credits: Alpha CAD

Imagine constructing a building as effortlessly as a child builds a Lego house, where every piece fits perfectly. This is no longer a child's play, thanks to Building Information Modeling (BIM). In India's burgeoning real estate market, BIM is not just a buzzword; it's a revolution in the making.

BIM explained: At its core, BIM is like a multi-dimensional puzzle that brings a building to life before it even exists. Gone are the days of flat, two-dimensional drawings. BIM introduces us to a world where structures breathe in 3D, infused with data that tells you everything from the type of brick used in the wall to the lifespan of the roof. It's like having a crystal ball that shows you the past, present, and future of a building.

Impact on the real estate sector: For the Indian real estate sector, BIM is not just an upgrade; it's a revolution. Projects that once seemed like a maze of complexities are now streamlined. BIM acts as a conductor orchestrating every piece of the construction symphony, ensuring that the violins of design harmonize with the cellos of execution. Developers can now foresee and eliminate potential issues, saving both time and money.

BIM streamlines project management and execution:

  • Reduces construction costs by up to 20%.
  • Shortens project timelines by 7-10%.

Benefits for stakeholders: The beauty of BIM lies in its versatility:

  • For real estate professionals, it's like having an omnipresent guide, ensuring projects stay on track.
  • Investors see it as a crystal ball, revealing the potential return on investment with stunning accuracy.
  • Homebuyers, on the other hand, get a virtual tour of their future home, understanding every nook and cranny before it's even built.

BIM democratizes information, making complex projects accessible and understandable to all.

Case study: The Delhi Metro Phase IV project has benefited greatly from the implementation of BIM. With an investment of ₹24,948.65 crore (US$3.3 billion), the project aims to construct a 103.93 km metro corridor by 2024.

  • BIM has markedly enhanced the project's efficiency, reducing construction costs by 33%, increasing labor productivity by 43%, and halving greenhouse gas emissions.

Other examples where BIM technology was used include the Statue of Unity, Mumbai International Airport Terminal 2 and Bengaluru International Airport. BIM is also being used in the construction of the world’s largest residential tower in Mumbai, Lodha’s World One Tower.

Challenges: Despite its potential, BIM adoption faces challenges in India:

  • Limited awareness and expertise in advanced BIM technologies.
  • High initial costs for BIM software and training.

However, initiatives like the Smart Cities Mission are encouraging BIM adoption for sustainable and efficient urban development. The market for BIM in India is expected to grow to $1.35 billion by 2024, according to a report by Market Research Future.

As we stand at the cusp of a new era in real estate, BIM emerges as more than just a tool; it's a vision of a future where buildings are crafted with precision and foresight. It's an invitation to step into a world where every construction tells a story of efficiency, innovation, and sustainability. For India's real estate, BIM is not just the future; it's the present, waiting to be embraced.


What's the difference between 'Certificate of Completion' and 'Occupancy Certificate'?
- Sukriti

Hi Sukriti,

A Certificate of Completion is issued by authorities to confirm that a construction project adheres to approved plans and building codes upon its completion but does not necessarily imply immediate occupancy. In contrast, an Occupancy Certificate is granted after thorough inspections to certify that a building meets safety, zoning, and essential services regulations, allowing it to be legally occupied and used for its intended purpose. While both certificates are important for compliance with local regulations, the Certificate of Completion focuses on construction quality, while the Occupancy Certificate emphasizes the building's safety and functionality for occupancy.

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