• Cooling India
  • Feb 15, 2018

Gaurav Vasudev, Managing Director, GAPS Engineering 

GAPS Engineering & Consultancy deals in HVAC products and services. The company has knowledge in the areas of simulations -fire and life safety, fire evacuation, green building, HVAC, ventilation and software. The company offers all type of ventilation products e.g. demand control ventilation, smoke and heat extractions. Our energy efficient products can be installed in all type of projects where we can save upto 30-40% of working cost, states Gaurav Vasudev, Managing Director, GAPS Engineering in an interaction with Cooling India…

Please take us through your company’s journey.

GAPS (Glocal Air conditioning/Acoustics Products Services) Engineering & consultancy has started in year 2015, initially for providing product support to acoustics and ventilation market. Gradually, we have decided to extend our services in waterside products, IEQ products and products for energy efficiency. We are an engineering company and work to provide the best optimized solutions for new projects as well as retrofit applications. The products associated with GAPS are from across the globe & have expertise in their respective fields.

What are the trends in HVACR segment?

World is moving towards energy efficient products and systems, so, is HVAC market. Earlier, designs were focusing towards reducing the air conditioning load. Now-a-days, designs are not only working in that direction but they are moving towards to reduce the operating cost of a project. From designer to manufacturer, all are working to reduce the carbon footprint for supporting sustainable environment.

What are the products and services offered by the company? Do you offer energy efficient services?

GAPS has a big basket of products. We deal with ventilation products, pumps (HVAC, Fire, Plumbing & Sewage), cooling towers, demand control ventilation systems, external sun shadings, ESP units for improving IEQ, energy efficient industrial filtration systems, innovative solar thermal technology, acoustic designing and products & ASET / RSET simulations on human evacuation for fire & smoke management. All products are energy efficient. But we would like to highlight Innovative Solar Thermal Technology. This product is not only suitable for new installations but also suitable for retrofit applications. This product gives upto 30-40% saving on the working capital and it comes with zero upfront cost. Our demand control ventilation & industrial flirtations systems use energy efficient motors which can operate at minimum and maximum working points based on the requirement in the system for having low energy consumption.

What kind of opportunities would you envisage for your company with the government’s emphasis on upgrading infrastructure like roll out of 100 smart cities project, metro projects, etc?

We have expertise to work on metro ventilation, tunnel ventilation, hospitals, commercials offices & residences. Our energy efficient products can be installed in all type of projects where we can save upto 30-40% of working cost.

What are the stumbling blocks faced by Indian HVACR industry in India? What solution would you suggest to overcome these hindrances?

The major challenge is getting skilled manpower in the industry. We have good engineers but we don’t have good technicians. Due to this lack of knowledge, new innovative products with better technologies do not perform till the time technicians install it properly. We are not able to recover the cost of equipment if the systems do not operate to its optimum level.

According to me, we have to work on the grassroots level & train people at all levels. To overcome this problem, ISHRAE as society is playing a vital role. Every year ISHRAE organizes more than 400 programs for training workforce. 

The Government of India launched ‘Make in India’ campaign in order to make the country manufacturing hub. So, what are the products that the company manufacturing in the country? Do you have any expansion plans?

This is a good initiative of the Government of India in order to become the country a manufacturing hub. India, being the biggest consumer of products, has rolled out congenial policies for attracting MNCs to set up manufacturing plants. At present, we are associated with an assembly plant for assembly of our ventilation products. We have expansion plans that depend on business growth in forthcoming fiscal.

What are the technological innovative products/services that you would like to bring in your company to make the services more efficient?

To be innovative, first we need to understand the challenges around. Having an engineering base & solution oriented approach leads us towards the solution for every challenge we get during the initial discussions with our customers be it an end user, designer or operator. Since beginning we have been known for the solutions in smoke & fire simulations. We are not only working as extended arms to designers in India, but we are doing a lot of projects outside India. We have developed an expertise for ASET/RSET simulation based on NFPA 101 for HUMAN Evacuation analysis. These results are widely accepted by authorities around the world & our goal is to make it workable for Indian projects by using the service in connection with our National Building Code. These simulations helps in optimising the building designs from fire point of view when project is in conception stage. Other innovative product, we have commercial (e.g. Electrostatic Precipitators) & industrial filtration (e.g.oil mist filtration) systems. The controller used along with these systems have capability to monitor the system at all point of time to reduce the downtime / maintenance time. The ability to control the fan speed based on the requirement helps in saving energy during its operations. A centralised ventilation system (Health Box) for high end villas is another products we have in our range. Health Box have one EC fan connected with 6/8 outlets. Unit have VOC sensors with a digital wireless speed controller to operate fan all the times at different speed keeping the indoor air cleaner & helps in saving energies. The most recent addition we have innovative solar thermal technology. The specially designed panels are suitable for new applications as well as for retrofit applications. The principle is to optimise the power consumed by compressors and provide upto 30-40% power saving in the system & “0” upfront cost for retrofit projects. These all products and services offered by GAPS will take us on an interesting journey in HVAC segment. We are sure these innovations not only will help us to grow but to have a better impact in Indian HVAC industry.

What will be the impact of GST on the company’s business in India?

GST has a positive impact on our business leading to smoother transactions as compared to the earlier ones.

What is your outlook for the sector for the fiscal 2017-18?

HVAC sector has been growing and in near future will witness fast growth rate. The FY 2017-18 has been slow as the real estate industry has been witnessing slow growth momentum. But, we expect it to perform better and stable in forthcoming period.

What are your expectations for the sector in order to bring the sector on growth trajectory?

In a developing nation like India, air conditioning is no more a luxury. According to various reports & studies, the consumption of air conditioning will be three times by 2030. We are working to match the pace of demand & supply.