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Current State of Domestic Concealed Wiring Practices in Bangalore, India

Surendran, Sridevi Koonath and Mani, Monto (2010) Current State of Domestic Concealed Wiring Practices in Bangalore, India. In: Indoor and Built Environment, 19 (6). pp. 676-686.

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In a modernising world, building and construction trends in recent urban centres such as Bangalore, set precedence for developments in other urban centres of the country. Under such conditions, evaluating the current state of building practices could prove useful for identifying the likely nature of nationwide building trends. This paper comprises a study to evaluate the current state of domestic concealed wiring practices in the context of a modern urban centre area in India. Presently, concealed wiring is the predominant wiring method adopted for residences, both bungalows and apartments. A modern residential block in the city of Bangalore (India) was chosen as the study area. The study included extensive interaction and surveys amongst residents, professionals (architects and engineers) and site personnel (contractors and electricians). In addition, the study also included site verification on the state of wiring practices in the residential block. The study indicates that while aesthetics was the prime reason that dictated the choice of concealed wiring, its effectiveness as an appropriate and safe wiring method is severely compromised. Details of the study, results and recommendations are presented in this paper.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Indoor and Built Environment
Publisher: Sage Publications
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Sage Publications.
Keywords: Domestic concealed wiring;Effectiveness;Electrical problems; Malpractice;Urban residence.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2011 07:29
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2011 07:29
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/35549

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