112th Edition – Zak World of Façades New Zealand

This will be the 112th edition globally and the 2nd edition in Auckland which will showcase sustainable innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will also display latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Studio Executive Chair, Woods Bagot
Tim Melville leads the Auckland studio of global design studio Woods Bagot. He has over 30 years’ experience as an Architect in New Zealand and the UK, specialising in design development, procurement, and delivery of education, medium and high density...
Building & Façade Engineer, Marc T Zobec Design & Engineering
For over 32 years, Marc Zobec PhD FIE Aust CPEng EngEXEC has worked in the façade contracting industry, notably for the Permasteelisa Group based in the group headquarters in Italy, having held the position of Group Technical Director. His Director...
General Manager, Icon Construction
As General Manager, Dan leads all operational aspects of Icon’s New Zealand business, with accountability to the NZ Director for all new business and project delivery functions in NZ. Established in June 2017, Icon NZ has completed five major New...
Director, Ignite Architects
Richard Voss is a director at Ignite Architects. He has significantly contributed to the built environment of New Zealand in terms of architecture, workplace design, and sustainability. There are three fundamental areas which underpin his passion for architecture and design:...
Principal, Warren and Mahoney
Jonathan leads the Warren and Mahoney hotel portfolio. He works across a wide scope of disciplines, including commercial and hospitality, medium to high density apartments and student accommodation, hospitality, resort and hotel master planning, interior design, and education environments. The...
Regional Manager, Inhabit
Gemma Craig has almost 20 years’ experience within the built environment, having worked on a variety of projects within New Zealand and Australia. Her background in structural and façade engineering gives her a strong understanding of the primary structure and...
Specification Manager, Technoform
Gary has over 30 years’ experience in construction product development, compliance, specification, and sales in the NZ construction sector. Gary joined the global family business Technoform in 2021 as Specification manager. Technoform understand the value of local knowledge, and his...
Digital Building Glass Studio Director, Saint Gobain
Jean Lorenzzi is today the Head of the Digital Studio team for Saint Gobain Glass, structure in charge of the development / Industrialization of digital technical tools and services based on R&D techno bricks to support the specification and customers....
Technical Director Built Environment, Mott MacDonald
John is a Registered Architect (NZ) with a commercial background in international procurement and supply chain management. He has professional experience in both architectural and engineering companies, and has an excellent understanding of the issues faced in coordination between design...
Architectural Design Manager, Guardian Glass
As the Architectural Design Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Lachlan is responsible for the specification and delivery of high performance glazing solutions across both commercial and residential projects. With strong relationships throughout design and delivery teams, Lachlan is a...
General Manager, Proctor Group Australia
Andy Russell has worked in the field of condensation management in Europe with UK based building envelope specialists A Proctor Group. Andy also worked in Japan for 7 years including a spell on secondment to Daiwa House, Japan’s largest housing...
Principal - Sustainable Buildings, Beca
Ben is a Building Scientist with 20 years of New Zealand and UK experience. Specialising in Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) he leads Beca’s green building projects across Australasia with a focus on achieving positive sustainability outcomes. He champions an integrated...
Business Development Manager, Insol
As a Business Development Manager for Insol, Shane is a specialist in façade screening for sun shading, privacy, and architectural feature. Typically starting early in the pre-construction stages, Shane works to develop desired visual aesthetics and design criteria from early...
Associate Principal, Woods Bagot
Accomplished in design management and project delivery, Blair optimises the buildability of some of the most challenging landmark and award-winning architectural projects. With particular attention to project efficiency, Blair’s focus on BIM software systems has seen complex buildings benefit significantly...
Managing Director - Façades, BG&E Façades
Oliver has been with BG&E façades since 2007 and has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, working with world renowned architects, developers and leading construction companies. As a Director of BG&E Façades, he continues to be hands-on and...
Manager - Sales and Marketing, AGC Asia Pacific
Marcus Tan is the Sales and Marketing Manager of the Smart Glass Division at AGC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. He handles the sales and marketing business of SunEwat, Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), in South East Asia and Pacific region. Marcus...
Director,, Director, Building Envelope Group
Richard Fairhead has spent his career (25+ years) specializing in Building Envelope on both new and existing buildings, across multiple countries, including Canada, UAE, China, Singapore, Bangladesh, Australia and New Zealand. Richard’s ability to understand design, analyse and test existing...
CEO, Thermosash Group
David Hayes is the CEO, Director/Owner of Thermosash Group which includes Thermosash Commercial Ltd, Woods Glass (NZ) Ltd, (commercial glass and glazing company), Insite Facades Ltd (Commercial and rain screen facade installation), Window Engineering Consultants (facade testing facility) and Thermosash Service...
General Manager, Thermosash
Kent is a registered New Zealand Architect who has spent a majority of his 26-year career in construction focused roles – Project Architect, Project Management and Design Management – within main contractor and subcontractor businesses. Kent prefers working on the...
Associate - Built Environment, Aurecon
Susanne Hundert is an Associate at Aurecon NZ based in Auckland and has over 20 years’ experience in façade engineering, façade testing, construction and project management. She brings a multi-faceted array of façade engineering skills and has a Master’s Degree...
Technical Excellence Director, Mott MacDonald
Karl is the Built Environment sector leader, for Mott MacDonald in New Zealand. He has trained in both engineering and architecture, and has extensive experience working in structural and façade engineering consulting. Mott MacDonald opens opportunities for connected thinking through...
Associate Principal, Grimshaw
Gosha (Malgorzata) Haley is an Associate Principal at Grimshaw and has worked at the practice since 2000. For the past twenty years, Gosha has worked on and led Grimshaw projects in Europe, the U.S., the Middle East and Australasia across...
Technical Director, Vector Foiltec
Angus Macleod joined Vector Foiltec in 2003 and is currently one of the Technical Directors for the Vector Foiltec group. He is based in Melbourne and mainly services the Australian, New Zealand and South East Asian markets but also acts...
Conference Agenda
  • A collection of tall1 (and medium2) tales that explores the horrors, and possibility of hope, offered by our façade community
  • A high exposure3 zone rated critical reflection, that asks the hard questions like; are façades the emperor’s new clothes? Do façades lie like Pinocchio? What’s with all the Frankenstein façades?

    1Tall is greater than 25

    2Medium is less than 25 and great than 10

    3Self rated, official council (censor) rating pending

  • How architects respond to and design for the functional, climatic, cultural and social needs of public and commercial buildings
  • Pushing the boundaries of façade design and performance with case studies focused on their sustainability features
  • Future of regenerative design for the built environment and how the recognition of challenges the planet is facing continues to shape and inform the design of façades
  • Glass carbon emissions impact to a building
  • Advancing energy strategies for façades
  • Sustainable case studies and references
  • Garden Lane at Botany Town Centre, Auckland
  • Scotts Crossing, Canberra
  • Surbana Jurong Campus, Singapore
  • Aspen Vision City, Penang
  • Low carbon glass offer of Saint-Gobain for sustainable construction
  • Digital solutions for customers to enhance productivity
  • Fit for purpose façade specification
  • Unitised vs Window Wall
  • Unitised vs Rainscreen
  • Case studies on 80 Collins St (Melbourne), 447 Collins St (Melbourne) and 65 Federal St (Auckland)
  • The role of façades in interweaving programmatic and contextual overlays into a tower design
  • How were these façades achieved? A journey through the design, delivery and construction process
  • Impact of H1 building code (energy efficiency) on designing façades
  • Striking a balance while designing façades to have a pleasing scale and appearance, proportion and rhythm, solid-to-void relationship and materiality, within sustainability parameters
  • Looking at the net-zero carbon trend globally and how this is being applied in NZ
  • Can the existing code and standard aide low-carbon design?

Kent Nixon

  • An architect's journey
  • The making of things
  • Digital vs String
  • Common misunderstandings
  • Touching theory and reality
  • Testing
  • Benefits of a single external air and weather tightness control layer
  • The possibilities of continuous external non-combustible insulation
  • Discontinuous sub-framing and attachment methods for rainscreen
  • Why it is so hard to accept
  • The benefits to you and the project
  • The impact of poor QA should it go wrong
  • The importance of wind testing on feature façades
  • Façade testing case studies
  • Façade engineering experiences and approaches
  • Structure and design
  • Thermal performance
  • Durability
  • Insight on risk awareness by clients, building owners, architects and building contractors who opt to use the "self-procured" approach to façade delivery
  • How this approach results in a non-streamlined and fragmented silos approach rather than holistic delivery and responsibility by a façade subcontractor primarily due to "cost savings", but at what great risk and to whom
  • Who is left holding the bag when things go pear shaped?
  • High performance low-E glass
  • Transition from “Greenstar Design & As-Built” to “Greenstar Buildings”
  • H1 energy efficiency
  • Is the role of the design team dove-tailed to be more collaborative and less confrontational?
  • Is the design process structured for innovation and brainstorming leading to an optimum procurement strategy?
  • Does performance driven value generally get placed higher than pure cost?
  • Is program often well designed to cater to timely procurement and completion of the project?
  • Can sustainability or carbon be a voluntary consideration in design and procurement?

John Hawkins

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