Zak World of Façades India,

18th Nov 2016, ITC Sonar, Kolkata

About the Event

Zak World of Façades is the region’s largest conference series on façades design & engineering. Now in it’s 25th edition globally and 17th edition in India, the conference has become a specialized forum in region to discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and showcases the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

25th Edition - Zak World of Façades India, 18th Nov 2016, ITC Sonar, Kolkata

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

09.30 -


Syed Zakir Ahmed, Chairman, Zak Group

09.35 -

From rendering to reality - Principles of glass selection for windows & façades

  • Solar spectrum vis-à-vis performance and design
  • Application based glass selection for envelope & indoors
  • Tools and calculators for glass selection
Sourabh Kankar, Regional Manager - Architectural, Modiguard

09.55 -

High Pressure Laminates (HPL) as a façade material

  • Benefits, aesthetics & functionality
  • Different applications of HPL as cladding, louver, etc
  • Steps for sustainable usage
Dr. Prashanth Reddy, Managing Director & CEO, FunderMax India

10.15 -

Importance of good design with practical approach

  • Well resolved design has huge impact on project success
  • Quality and experiences of designers are critical
  • Design adoptable to particular problem
  • Use of advance design techniques to implement complex designs - Case Study of JW Marriott Hotel, Kolkata
Rajan Govind, Director, Building Envelope Specialists

10.35 -


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.00 -

Schüco Technology Center: Developing Testing Shaping the future

  • A brief introduction to one of the world’s leading test centres for building envelope
Ashish Kapoor, Sales Director, Schüco India

11.20 -

Materials & technologies for facades

  • Glass as a standard facade material
  • Exploring the natural alternatives
  • GRC & stone - the new age facade materials
  • Mitigate risk by smarter specifications
KR Suresh, Director, Axis Façades

11.50 -

Point fixed hardware - The selection process

  • Stress patterns & features of point fixed glazed structures
  • Precautions in the design & construction of point fixed glazing
  • Case study of the selection of point fixed hardware the entrance façade of the Shanghai Tower
Tanuj Sharma, Manager - Railing & Façade, Kinlong India

12.10 -

Windows & Façades for High rises - Wind load considerations

  • Window Engineering for high rises
  • Daylight control & light shelving strategies
  • Facade design and material selection for higher wind loads at higher levels
  • Safety considerations while maintaining aesthetic appeal


Tariq Kachwala, Director, FG Glass Industries


Vinoo Chadha, Principal, The Design Cell Farid Khan, CEO & Director, Profine India Aditya Goswami, Partner, Architectonic Services Rajeev Antony, Managing Director, Schüco India Kamlesh Choudhari, Director, Glass Wall Systems Niraj Borikar, Head, Project Sales, FunderMax

13.00 -


Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

14.00 -

Special diagrid structures

  • What are diagrid structures ?
  • Case study of diagrid structures employed in The Capital, Mumbai & JW Marriott, Kolkata
Hitesha Thakur, Head of Department - Design, Glass Wall Systems

14.20 -

Understanding Fire Resistant Glass

  • Overview of fire rated glass
  • Integration of fire rated glass in a system
  • Correct specification and installation of fire rated glass
Tariq Kachwala, Director, FG Glass

14.40 -

Koemmerling - German uPVC Systems for the Indian Market

  • What’s to be expected of a window system
  • Quality or price - the preferred choice and the obvious choice
  • Advantages of using uPVC as window profile system
Farid Khan, CEO & Director, Profine India

15.00 -

Perimeter barrier fire stop systems for curtain walls

  • Guidance on compliant specification
  • Insight to current testing methodology
  • Clarification on different methods of installation and associated risks
Sreenivas Narayanan, Technical Sales Manager, Siderise

15.20 -

Importance of PU Foams in perfectly Insulated Windows

  • Window installation - the normal way
  • Gaping holes in installation
  • Application of PU foam to achieve the desired heat and sound insulation
Amit Malhotra, Leader, McCoy Group

15.40 -

Sustainable Façade Process Management - FPM

  • Façade deliveries, understanding and mitigating risk
  • The need for FPM
  • Implementation - Players involved and their roles
  • Possible pitfalls and their avoidance
  • Effect on the bottom line


KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façade


JP Agrawal, Director, Agrawal & Agrawal Architects Manash Sinha Roy, Partner, Practice Design Praveen Chaubey, Project Manager, Priedemann Sonesh Gulati, Director, Nitson & Amitsu Santosh Mishra, Director, Aesthetiks

16.30 -

Vote of Thanks

16.35 -

Networking/End of Conference

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