163rd Edition – Zak World of Façades USA

This will be the 163rd edition globally and the 6th edition in New York which will showcase sustainable innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will also display latest technological solutions.

Speakers & Panelists
Project Management Officer, Josef Gartner USA
Partner, PBDW
Studio Director USA, Herzog & de Meuron
Executive Vice President, L&L Holding Company
Principal, KPF
President, RAND Engineering & Architecture
Principal, Socotec
Alex Barmas brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and perspective to his projects. His unique qualifications and experience as design architect, professional engineer and sustainability consultant for the façade industry serve SOCOTEC’s clients well. Alex has served as a façade...
Chief Structural Engineer, NYC Dept. of Buildings
Deputy Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Buildings
Director of Business Development, ES Windows
David is an industry veteran that is engaged in business development for Tecnoglass/ES. He has a wide range of experience in Sales, Marketing, Product Development, Contract Glazing and Operations in the architectural glazing space.  David has experience with multiple industry...
Assistant Project Manager, Bisam Facades
Bersu Serin, a Mechanical Engineer graduated from New York Institute of Technology, is the Assistant Project Manager at Bisam Facade. Specializing in building envelope and facade systems, Bersu manages mid to high-rise residential and commercial building construction from start to...
International Spécifications Manager, Saint-Gobain
Managing Principal, Thornton Tomasetti
Gary Mancini joined the firm in 1995 and heads our Renewal practice, which encompasses the repair, rehabilitation and alteration of a building structure, envelope or mechanical system. During his extensive career, Gary has worked on a variety of building types...
Senior Director of Building Envelopes, L+M Development
Sara Tsiropinas oversees L+M’s entire project portfolio working with development and management to address building envelope compliance, preservation designs, repairs and preventive maintenance. She is committed to advancing preservation practices that harmonize community needs with future growth and contemporary sustainability...
Partner, Studio Libeskind
Since joining Studio Libeskind in 1999, Carla Swickerath has gained diverse experience in cultural, civic, retail, commercial, residential, and planning projects worldwide. She has led many of the Studio’s successful project teams from concept design through to completion— including the...
Corporate Sustainability Program Manager, Reynaers Aluminium
Ken Wright is the Sustainability Programme Manager at Reynaers Aluminium focused on integrating sustainability at the core of the business. Having a background in the automotive and building industry for more than 10 years, gaining experience in transformative projects such...
Sales Director - North America, North Glass
Bob joined Northglass in 2012. For the first two years He worked on the technical side, then moved to project management and worked on the Apple Park project. In 2015, He came to the US and started the Northglass US...
Principal, FacadesX
Matt Capone is a design and construction professional driven to create projects which leave lasting positive impacts for our communities and environment. As the founder of facades X Inc. in 2015, Matt has worked on many prominent and complex projects...
Regional Façade Sales Manager, Cosentino
Dean has a 30-year history in the building materials and construction industry ranging from quality management to senior sales management focused on the building envelope. His approach is solution based and consultative. Dean provides practical knowledge to help with design...
Chairman of the Board, Boston Valley Terra Cotta
John Krouse, Chairman of the Board, Boston Valley Terra Cotta, Founder – Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop John Krouse is the COB of Boston Valley Terra Cotta in Orchard Park, NY, as well as a Ceramic Engineer by trade. Boston Valley...
Marketing Manager, Kuraray America
Alberto Alarcon is the Marketing Manager in the Advanced Interlayer Solutions Division of Kuraray; he is located in New York City and is responsible of the Northeast Coast of the US. Alberto, through the Trosifol® and Sentryglas® interlayers for laminated...
Business Manager EU Ultraperformance Solutions, Kingspan
Tobias Wild-Blatt is the Business Manager EU Ultraperformance Solutions at Kingspan Insulation Europe. He has studied Architecture and holds an eMBA degree from the Maastricht School of Management. In his current role he is supporting the Sales Team of Kingspan...
Regional Architectural Team Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass
With 20 years in the glass and commercial construction industries, Flickinger has worked on domestic and international projects to secure the glass for Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG). Flickinger has worked closely with top-level architects and engineers to develop glass...
Specification Leader US, Axalta
Ben Mitchell, is Segment Manager for Architectural powder and liquid coatings at Axalta Coating Systems, a global paints and coatings company. He has a bachelor’s degree in comprehensive science as well as an MBA from Urbana University in Ohio. Ben...
Principal, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Christoph Timm leads SOM’s Enclosure Group, a practice embedded among the design and engineering studios in the firm’s New York office that focuses on the design of building enclosures and facades. With more than two decades of experience in the...
Associate Principal, Arup
Tali Mejicovsky is an Associate Principal at Arup in New York and Façade Skills Leader across four façade groups in the Americas (Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto). She has more than 20 years of façade experience around...
Global Strategic Market Director - Building Science, Dow
Jean has developed and lead the implementation of global market strategy to deliver financial results to the business. He coordinates marketing 4P implementation in the different regions through a team of regional marketers. Jean has develop a sustainable innovation growth...
Founding Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan
James O’Callaghan is a world leading Structural and Facade Engineer who is widely acknowledged as an authority in application and engineering of structural glass. His innovative and practical approach has made him an integral part of the design team for...
Conference Agenda
  • Understand glass’s u-value and how it is impacted
  • How codes and local laws are now emphasizing u-values and thermal performance
  • Explore glass strategies to improve occupancy comfort and reduce operational carbon
  • Evolution of structural glass and the relevance of doing more with less for a sustainable future
  • Navigating the challenges glass in façades face in meeting more demanding energy performance requirements
  • How circularity needs to influence façade design and specification
  • Achieving excellence in projects
  • Exploring colors online and offline
  • Drawing inspiration from case studies and resources
  • Building envelope commissioning is a formalization of the work process of the envelope consultant, but with clear focus on early and consistent feedback and coordination
  • BECx is a necessary tool to mitigate project risks due to increasingly stringent and complex local and national regulations, owner performance and quality requirements, and the intent of the design team
  • When properly followed it can lead to a holistic and integrated design and construction process
  • Sustainability strategy
  • The sustainability wave in the construction industry: Getting ready for the future
  • The importance of operational carbon and embodied carbon: Need to go hand in hand to decarbonise
  • By preserving, restoring, and reconstructing essential elements of the original power station, such as the masonry facade, the project strengthens the building’s industrial character and its relationship to the immediate urban context
  • Interlayers for security glazing, properties, comparison & benefits
  • Choosing between forced entry and ballistic glazing
  • Security glazing for natural threats
  • Architectural terra cotta is a versatile material naturally suited for sustainable façade systems
  • Fabrication processes designed for cost-effective, thermally capable systems
  • Biophilic designs create a unique aesthetic and increase biodiversity
  • Single & 3D curved glass design
  • Super jumbo glass & flatness
  • New techniques in architectural glass design
  • How to turn recycling into a cost-neutral process
  • Saving energy on the float-line by incorporating recycled glass
  • How can we change the industry to routinely recycle?

Christoph Timm

  • Commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
  • Embodied vs. operational carbon: Assessing importance in building sustainability
  • Development of the world's first low-carbon glass with a verified EPD
  • Sustainable façade design with a carbon neutral solution
  • Attachment methods for ventilated rainscreens and curtainwall integration
  • Design considerations related to meeting the performance, budget criteria and the design intent for a project
  • Articulating a façade in hand-laid brick masonry, creating fluency with adjacent buildings
  • Utilizing current technology to execute a complex design
  • Using brick as a human-scaled material in residential high-rise architecture

  • Importance of quality control in field installation for market standards
  • Key components of a comprehensive quality control procedure for façade installation
  • Strategies for overcoming challenges and ensuring compliance with industrial adaptation
  • Quality controls and checkpoints during production
  • 100% Inspection of the glass during the tempering process
  • Prevention of rejections in the field, converting into more profit
  • First façade silicones verified by PAS 2060 standard for carbon neutrality
  • Reducing the environmental impact of buildings, achieving better green-building certification ratings and helping limit the creation of greenhouse gases (GHGs)
  • Supporting our carbon-neutral silicones with verified carbon neutrality certificates
Event Details
  • 163rd Edition – Zak World of Façades USA, October 16, 2024
  • Start Date
    October 16, 2024 8:00 am
  • End Date
    October 16, 2024 5:30 pm
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