Through innovation and necessity, building materials have changed considerably through the ages. Architecture is about functionality, design, style, and creativity, making it imperative to be precise with the selection of materials. As cities expand, the future of architecture depends on the best and most accessible materials building companies can provide. Managing Director of the Yogi Group, Atinirmal G. Pagarani explains how Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) is the future of infrastructure.
Also known as Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC), GRC is a specialized form of concrete that can be used for all kinds of projects, from massive building facades to garden landscaping. Its versatility is unmatched, and demand for the product grows every day. What makes GRC so impressive is its strength compared to its weight.
GRC panels are roughly 50% thinner and 75% lighter than traditional concrete panels. “What’s so incredible about GRC is the fact that they can be used in thin-wall casting applications while maintaining flexibility,” explains Pagarani. “Unlike traditional stones concrete, GRC is crack resistant.”
GRC is a combination of silica, cement, water, glass fibers, and polymer. Unlike traditional concrete, it can be sprayed on instead of pouring in, making the need for expensive equipment unnecessary. “We use GRC in several of our projects because our clients demand the best work, artistically and structurally speaking,” states Pagarani. “GRC gives us that diversity and reliability. As the future of infrastructure evolves, we’ll be seeing it more and more on some of the world’s biggest projects.”
While GRC was invented in the 1940s, it didn’t see widespread use until the 1970s. “What I love most about GRC is the fact that it is sustainable. When it comes to the future, sustainability is crucial.” GRC contains recycled glass fibers, making the product more environmentally friendly than building materials of the past. “With GRC, we can offer a reliable product that can accommodate a variety of designs while minimizing environmental impact,” explains Pagarani.
Pagarani shares his expertise and passion for building and GRC in particular, through his work with the Yogi Group. As Managing Director, he has helped bring the company to leadership status in the Middle East and India. Trusted by the Indian government with their Statue of Unity in Gujarat, the Yogi Group has successfully expanded into Africa, Kazakhstan, and Australia. It is a company that knows what is on the horizon for architecture, along with being the expert about all things GRC and beyond.