In 2016, the RISF was held in Moscow under the auspices of the Ministry of Construction and Housing and Utilities of Russia for the fifth time. The co-organizers were NOSTROY, NOPRIZ, RCC, NAMIX, NOZA and Research Center "Construction".
KNAUF CIS Group Managing Director Janis Kralis took part in a panel discussion organized by the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of Russia, “The construction industry as a driver of sustainable economic growth in Russia. New rules of the game in a new reality”. In addition, within the framework of the forum, the KNAUF CIS group held its own round table "High-quality and economical building materials for economy class housing", where it brought together leading industry experts.
The panel discussion was attended by the Minister of Construction and Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation Mikhail Men, the head of the AHML Alexander Plutnik, the heads of the construction complex in Moscow Marat Khusnullin and Tatarstan Irek Fayzullin, other heads of the highest government bodies, national sectoral associations, leading construction and manufacturing companies. Janis Kralis devoted his speech to the localization of production as a driving force of import substitution. He noted that he does not think that the state should directly support business, but can help with the construction of infrastructure. “We are now building a plant in Chapayevsk, Samara Region, which will become the 15th KNAUF enterprise in Russia, we see how the situation has changed since the time when we built our first enterprises, now the issues of creating infrastructure are being resolved quickly and at the municipal level, and at the level of the governor”.
The same, according to Janis Kraulis, could support and stimulate the development of housing and commercial construction. “The degree of localization of production of Knauf products in Russia is about 80%. The remaining 20% is what is not produced in the territory of the Russian Federation today. These are, first of all, the products of the chemical industry, which cannot provide the supply of all the necessary components for the production of building materials. This problem concerns very many Russian manufacturers. " According to the manager of the KNAUF CIS group, the development of such capital-intensive industries as the chemical industry requires very large financial investments. In this case, we can talk about investments of 200-500 million euros. “Here I see a wide field of activity for professional associations, the Ministry of Construction in studying the need, analyzing and identifying opportunities for development together with private business of domestic production, including for reducing costs in the production of building materials in Russia,” said Janis Kralis …
During the round table organized by the KNAUF CIS group, the invited experts shared their vision of the future of the construction industry, discussed the mass construction of affordable housing and the need to use innovative building materials, tools and technologies in the design and construction of economy class housing. Particular attention was paid to new and promising areas for the industry, such as modular construction and BIM technologies.
The round table was moderated by Nikolay Sobolev, executive director of the National Association of Manufacturers of Building Materials, Products and Structures (NPSM), who spoke out in support of the development of affordable housing: “The problem of building affordable housing in Russia has been a major economic and social task for several years now, and to solve it is possible only with the help of industrial housing construction methods”.
KNAUF CIS Group Managing Director Janis Kraulis emphasized the importance of the transition from traditional technologies to “smart construction”.“Today, when we are faced with the task of building more, cheaper, faster and better, builders are forced to revise traditional technologies and actively implement international experience,” explained Crowlis. "Our company stands for construction based on modern developments, and not on the desire to save money on each individual element." He noted that the segment of dry construction technologies has great potential and serious advantages over many alternative solutions, ensuring high economic efficiency of construction.
The General Director of PATRIOT-Engineering (manages the house-building enterprises of INTECO Group) Stanislav Shmelev spoke about what makes up the price per square meter today and how it can be reduced.
“The average price of construction and sale of housing are different values, because the realizable value also includes the costs of land, the construction of engineering infrastructure, which the developer often builds at his own expense and includes these costs in the cost per square meter. And companies in the energy sector use them to receive income for the provision of services. They could build these communications themselves, but for this they need to have an approved urban development plan for cities: this will give power engineers a firm guarantee that they will receive money for many years from consumers of services, that is, from residents of houses. In addition, the developer often bears the cost of social infrastructure.”
At the same time, he added that industrial housing construction today is in no way inferior in quality to a monolith, and the speed and cost of construction is lower. Especially if the company invests in innovative technologies.
Mikhail Gets, General Director of Novy Dom LLC, focused on modular construction in his report. He spoke about an innovative approach for Russia to individual and multi-apartment construction, and also dwelled on the joint project of SVEZA and KNAUF - Novy Dom LLC, which aims to quickly ensure the construction of affordable housing with wide possibilities of individualization.
Igor Shkopinsky, Chairman of the Board of PII "VolgaGrazhdanProekt", shared the design developments of the institute for the rapid construction of high-quality, functional and comfortable housing. Using the example of a project for the integrated development of a territory in the city of Mikhailovka, Volgograd Region, the Institute demonstrated the implementation of the principles of energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness of innovative construction technologies. Dry building systems have proven to be effective not only in interior design, but also in facades. According to the calculations of the VolgaGrazhdanProekt experts, made for this construction project, the cost of the outer wall - a hinged frame system with AQUAPANEL cladding - was 4-5% lower than the cost of layered walls (aerated concrete, insulation, brick).
At the round table, particular importance was attached to new approaches and design technologies. They were devoted to the reports of Alexander Bychkov, president of the design and construction company INSTAR, Konstantin Zakharov, business development manager of Autodesk, and Dmitry Tsyurupa, product manager of the central management of the KNAUF CIS group. Alexander Bychkov noted that in times of crisis, when designing economy-class housing, it is important for architects to use innovative space-planning solutions and modern technologies in order to decorate everyday life with bright and interesting objects.
Konstantin Zakharov spoke in detail about BIM technologies: "BIM is the process of creating and managing information about a construction object at all stages of the life cycle of this object, which creates opportunities for collaboration of all participants in the construction process - designers, architects, builders." Dmitry Tsyurupa, for his part, shared the experience of the Knauf company in the implementation of BIM technologies in Russian practice: “Now the company has already begun to create libraries of structures in order to provide the designers with information as fully and correctly as possible. At the initial stage, “families” were developed for partitions with sheathing from Knauf sheets. In the future, we plan to create other libraries as well”.
At the end of the round table, a solemn rewarding of the winners of the competition among students of Russian architectural universities "Modular construction - a reliable home for a modern person" took place. The competition was initiated by the largest manufacturing companies in the construction industry - SVEZA and KNAUF groups and their joint venture - Novy Dom LLC. Diplomas and mementos were presented to the winners by the President of the Union of Moscow Architects Nikolai Shumakov. They were a 5th year student of SPbGASU - Andrey Shcherbak for the Solar Houses project, which won first place in the Individual Modular Residential House nomination, and Andrey Chistyakov, a 2nd year student of South Ural State University for the Modular Residential House project middle-rise "in the" Multi-apartment modular residential building "nomination.
The Knauf Group is an international company that has been carrying out investment activities in Russia and the CIS countries since 1993. Today the KNAUF group is one of the world's largest manufacturers of building finishing materials.