131st Edition – Zak World of Façades Australia

This will be the 131st edition globally and the 3rd edition in Sydney 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
Development Manager, Toga
James is an accomplished Development Manager with over 15 years in the property and construction industry. His career commenced in construction management where he gained an in-depth understanding of the intricacies, opportunities and challenges inherent to the building process. James...
Project Design Manager, Mirvac
Mariana Yanes joined Mirvac in 2020 as a Project Design Manager. With over 10 years of experience in Property Development and a strong background in Architecture. Mariana is a detail-oriented professional who enjoys the creative process and is continuously motivated...
Senior Associate, Hassell
Dr. Sarah Gilder is a Senior Associate architect at HASSELL with over 20 years’ experience in large scale building design and delivery. She is currently working on the delivery of the new Harbourside development at Darling Harbour by Mirvac, in...
Façade Engineer, BG&E Façades
Claire Wu is a Façade Engineer at BG&E with over 8 years of experience in residential, commercial, infrastructure and health, working with sandstone, metal cladding and various glazing systems. Claire has a key eye for details and wants to be...
Façade Designer, BG&E Façades
Natalia is a Façade Designer with background in Architecture. She discovered the world of facades about over 5 years ago after moving to Australia from Brazil and immediately fell in love with it. Her experience ranges from residential and commercial...
Principal, fjcstudio
Sean is a Principal at fjcstudio, a multi-disciplinary design studio noted for its commitment to design excellence, innovation, sustainability, reconciliation and the enhancement of the public domain. Sean is Head of Architecture in the Sydney studio. Sean has led a...
Director of International Sales, Tianjin North Glass
Wang Yongli is a Director of the International Sales Department of the Glass Deep Processing Division of NorthGlass. She is a technical expert in glass deep processing and has been engaged in the international sales of deep-processed glass for 20...
Senior Designer, fjcstudio
Luis graduated as an Architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 2016. He commenced his professional career in Spain, then worked in studios both in Germany and Switzerland before moving to Australia in 2018. He has worked at fjcstudio...
Managing Director, Apex Façade Design
Pete is a Structural and Façade Engineer. His background has included leading multi-disciplinary engineering teams and structural engineering of major buildings and infrastructure projects before moving into the specialist field of façade design. He has worked all over the world,...
Project Director - Development, Built
Daniel is a highly qualified professional with over 20 years’ development and delivery experience across a range of sectors including infrastructure, commercial, mixed use, retail and hotels. At Built he is responsible for the delivery of the group’s $1.25 bn...
Solution Engineering Manager, Climate Ready Engineering
With a passion for product design and development, Rami started his career in 2005 with a degree in Tool and Die making, using Pro-E and Uni-Graphics 3D software for Tyco Electronics. In 2009, he was introduced to the world of...
Project Engineer, Sharvain Projects
With a solid technical background in façade systems and a Mechanical Engineering degree enriching his practical insights, Ali is a seasoned professional with a track record of delivering exceptional results. Currently a Project Engineer at Sharvain Projects, they’ve led complex...
Director | Sustainability, E-LAB Consulting
Alex is a leading sustainability engineering consultant in Australia’s Built Environment. He has led the sustainability strategy on a number of Sydney’s most sustainable and recognisable developments, with a track record of delivering high-performance, beautiful outcomes for a low-carbon future.
Technical Director, BVN
Craig is the Technical Director at BVN. He is an architect with over 35 years’ experience across multiple building types in Australia, Europe and the UK. He currently sits on the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter DBPA Working Group...
Engineer, Permasteelisa
Francesco’s journey began with a passion for engineering and problem-solving. After completing his engineering degree, he embarked on a career path in oil and gas. Embracing the World of Construction Following a successful tenure in oil and gas, Francesco decided...
Principal, Hassell
Jeff is an architect and Principal at HASSELL, with over 20 years of extensive international and local experience.  He is currently working on the adaptive reuse of the Lands Building in Bridge Street, the First Building in Western Sydney’s Aerotropolis,...
Project Manager, Climate Ready Engineering
Oliver first discovered his passion for unique and challenging projects in 2008 when he first joined the window shading industry as an installer. After graduating from university with a degree in project management, he delved into managing and successfully delivering...
Architectural Design Manager - ANZ, Guardian Glass
Glenn Carlton is the Architectural Design Manager for Guardian Glass, responsible for the Australia and New Zealand region. Glenn’s professional life has been within the construction industry, having spent 10 years working on high-performance façade systems, and the last 5...
Manager - Sales and Marketing Australia, AGC Asia Pacific
Cameron McCleery is the Australian Sales & Marketing Manager of the Flat glass Division at AGC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. He handles the sales & marketing business of Low E coatings, SunEwat, Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), in Australia. Cameron has...
VP Oceania, Cosentino
Itay, has over 20 years’ experience within the international stone surfacing industry and 18 years of that has been involved with Cosentino. In 2014, Itay successfully led operations as Regional Director of Sales for Cosentino Israel. He also played a...
Partner | Design Director - APAC, Henning Larsen
Viggo is Design Director and Partner at Henning Larsen, market and design responsible for APAC with a particular focus on Australia. Having established several projects in Australia, Viggo is instrumental in Henning Larsen’s success in Australia and in setting up...
Technical Director - Façades, Mott MacDonald
With more than a decade of experience in the field of façade engineering, architecture, and construction, Alberto joined Mott MacDonald in 2022, where he currently serves as a Principal Façade Engineer and Engineering Sciences Practice lead for the Australian region....
Market Development Manager – Façades, Lysaght
Michael’s focus is on innovation, strategy, market, channel and product development for the Australian commercial facades segment, concentrating on the development of the AZURE® Façade System. Prior to BlueScope, Michael has extensive experience within technical design, fabrication, supply, installation and...
Director, Contreras Earl Architecture
Born in Peru and now based in Australia, Rafael completed his architecture degree at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences and his master’s in architecture and urbanism at the Architectural Association in London. Then as a lead architect at Zaha...
Associate Principal, Arup
Nick commenced working as a structural engineer with Connell Wagner in 2004. He pivoted his career towards the design of special structures, glass and façade systems when working with Dewhurst Macfarlane in New York from 2008-10. Since 2011, Nick has...
Technical and Compliance Director - MEIAP, Siderise Insulation
Sreenivas Narayan is Technical and Compliance Director for India, the Middle East, and South Asia Pacific at Siderise Group and is responsible for developing and delivering the technical strategy for the business in the region. His experience in the passive...
Technical Director, Inhabit Group
Neil is a chartered civil engineer and internationally respected facade specialist with a particular focus on delivering challenging designs. With over 25 years of experience working in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia, delivering major projects and iconic buildings with...
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...
Principal | Façade Engineering Leader, Arup
Simon has over 20 years’ experience in architectural and façade design, starting his career at Arup Associates in the UK as an architect in 1996. Simon now leads Arup’s Vic/SA façades team, a position he has held since January 2016....
Associate Principal, fjcstudio
John is a façade specialist with over 30 years’ experience working throughout Australia, Southeast Asia, China, Europe and the Middle East on projects ranging in size from Shanghai Tower to single residential. John is currently an Associate Principal at fjcstudio....
Founding Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan
James is a structural and facade engineer with over 20 years of experience. Widely acknowledged as an authority on structural glass, he is perhaps best known for his highly innovative designs for glass envelopes, stairs, bridges and other structural elements...
Conference Agenda
  • Architecture and façade challenges from a life cycle perspective
  • Operational and embodied carbon aspects
  • The importance of façades in decarbonisation
  • Examples with case study on QQT in Sydney, Triton Square in London and Sydney Opera House
  • Project ambitions and innovations
  • Challenges and opportunities for Australian low carbon aluminium
  • MECLA’s advocacy role
  • High performance low E coatings to comply with Section J and beyond
  • Meeting the requirements of Green Star Responsible Products framework
  • Embodied carbon & product circularity
  • Scotts Crossing, Canberra
  • Garden Lane at Botany Town Centre, Auckland
  • Surbana Jurong Campus, Singapore
  • Aspen Vision City, Penang
  • The evolution and development of structural glass
  • Transparency and the challenges it faces
  • How glass and façades are evolving to remain relevant in climate driven designs
  • What will be tomorrow's glass
  • Compartmentation in common façade types and how their function affects the performance requirements for slab edge perimeter and cavity barriers
  • Evolving regulatory landscape, latest guidance, and increased focus on third party verification
  • How passive fire product manufacturers can help to support a safer built environment
  • What comes first, drawings or data?
  • Can aesthetics and sustainability coexist?
  • How can design advance sustainability goals?

The library is a component of the Liverpool Civic Place development in Liverpool, Sydney, a stand-alone building in-the-round, of 4 storeys above ground and two below. The above ground portion was envisaged as an all-glass monolith to facilitate strong visual connections between the library interiors and the surrounding plaza. As a consequence, the energy requirements are onerous. To achieve high solar performance the glazing trade-off was a lower light transmission - too low to preserve the visual connection concept. To overcome this a circular view zone with reduced performance and enhanced transmission was proposed, and an extensive R&D exercise exploring a variety of solutions for sun strike and glare control ensued. The result is a unique triple/double glazed system approach with cooperative graphic frits and a sun-tracking automated screen-printed blind.

The panel will discuss the initial studies and the development and prototyping of the glazing adopted.

John Perry

  • The problem: Cities being populated with soul-less buildings, soul-less boxes
  • How architecture needs to evolve and needs to be integrated with nature
  • Glass carbon emissions impact to a building
  • Advancing energy strategies for façades
  • Sustainable case studies and references
  • The rise in NCC F3V1 (previously FP1.4 in NCC 2019) Performance Solution Reports
  • Who is responsible for weathertightness of a building envelope?
  • Who should take responsibility when the building leaks?
  • Large format, custom made, ventilated rainscreen panels
  • Recent commercial façade projects in steel
  • Façade design and manufacturing considerations for faster installation
  • Flexible and versatile – perfect for any façade design project
  • Certifications on façades
  • Compatibility with many anchoring systems
  • How the development of new digital tools and technologies, such as parametric design, computational modelling, and advanced manufacturing, is challenging the status quo
  • Applicability of digital tools for the retrofit of existing buildings is a timely topic that still remains largely unexplored
  • Testing of multiple digital workflows used to analyse the condition of the existing façade, evaluating multiple design options, actively involving the relevant stakeholders in the process and identifying the optimal design solution
  • TNG introduction
  • Super jumbo glass & flatness
  • Single & 3D curved glass design
  • Exploring the delivery of façades on Class 2 buildings in NSW arising after 2 years of operation of the NSW RAB and DBP Acts
  • How these Acts require fully compliant façade designs to be documented and lodged with planning authorities prior to construction approval
  • Whilst the focus of these Acts is about driving compliance with the requirements of the NCC, participants in the sector have identified other outcomes

Neil Kendrick

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