Zak World of Façades Middle East,

27th Oct 2015, Marriott Marquis City Center, Doha

About the Event

After the huge success of the inaugural Zak World of Façades Middle East earlier this year in Dubai, the second edition in the conference series took place on the 27th October 2015 at The Marriott Marquis in Doha, Qatar. The event had gathered 241 attendees comprising some of the region’s leading architects, façade consultants, glass processors, fire & life safety consultants, façade contractors, developers, PMC’s and representatives from the Qatar Civil Defence and ASHGHAL. The single day event had featured 27 speakers and panelists spread over four engaging sessions.

The opening keynote for the day was delivered by Lars Anders from Priedemann “The Future of Façade Consultancy / Engineering” which set the tone for the conference for the rest of the day; this was followed by other interesting case studies and technical presentations from some of the top consultants on diversified topics. The first half of the day ended with an interactive panel discussion on “Energy Codes, Ratings and Guidelines for Façades” in Qatar.

The afternoon session kicked off with the keynote presentation from Harald Halvorsen from Arabian Profiles, giving insights on GRC & GRP usage in the building envelope with a case study on the iconic Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan and also from some of the iconic projects in the region. The afternoon session came to an end with some interesting and very involved discussion on “Fire Safety in Façades” which featured official representation from the Qatar Civil Defence. The main focus of discussion on this panel was understanding the right choice of material for façades and the current regulations in Qatar and how to improve them.

The last session featured more presentations from our partners and consultants and the conference concluded with an interesting panel discussion on “Understanding Façade Process Management (FPM)”. The second edition of the Zak World of Façades Middle East Doha edition was well received for its content, level of attendees, ambience, networking break-out sessions and more importantly imparting the knowledge of designing aesthetic and fire safe façades in the state of Qatar.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

16th Edition - Zak World of Façades Middle East, 27th Oct 2015, Marriott Marquis City Center, Doha

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)


Welcome Address

Syed Zakir Ahmed, Chairman, Zak Group


The future of façade consultancy/engineerings

  • Trends today
  • Resulting demands tomorrow
  • The façade specialist in 2020
Lars Anders, Managing Director, Priedemann


Innovations and efficiencies in designing high rise façades  in the Middle East

  • Efficient design of high rise façades
  • Considerations in high rise façade installations
  • Future innovations of high rise façade design and construction
Robert Stephens, Executive Director, Inhabit Group


Safety in façade fastening

  • Anchoring working principles
  • Shortcomings in anchoring installation
  • Eliminating risk through technology (safeset technology)
Samir Kohi, Head of Marketing, Hilti Qatar


Tea/Coffee Break & Networking

Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)


Advanced façade engineering at the cutting edge

  • Complex curved and twisted façade geometries
  • High performance façades to reduce solar heat gains
  • The importance of quality control by qualified façade inspectors
Benjamin Beer, Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade


Technologies towards sustainability from TECHNAL

  • Energy efficient sustainable façades
  • Ways in confronting the elements
  • Comfort requirements in buildings
Jean-Marc Luvisutto, Managing Director, Technal Middle East


From architectural concept to realisation

  • Design, engineering and challenges on the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dahran, Saudi Arabia
  • Case studies on King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre, Riyadh & other exciting projects in the Middle East
Thomas Spitzer, Managing Director Seele Austria


PANEL DISCUSSION: Energy codes, ratings & guidelines for façades

  • Sustainable façades for the region
  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet Qatar Green Building regulations
  • Rating standards and stakeholder coordination
  • Thermal efficiency of a curtain wall
  • Dynamic shading techniques


Alex Dantziguian, Managing Director, Technoform ME


Badih Tomah, Executive Director, Lacasa Qatar Dia El-Masry, General Manager, Qatar Green Leaders Waleed Ibrahim, Director, James Cubitt & Partners Dr Neil Kirkpatrick, Head of Sustainability, Faithful + Gould Firoz Kachwala, Director, Future Architectural Glass Osama Zubdeh, General Manager, Alumco Qatar


Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)


GRC & GRP - Current trends & innovation for architectural façades

  • GRC used as a permanent form work of highrise buildings
  • Use of facemix, sealers & anti-graffiti coating on GRC panels and the  effect on cleaning and maintenance of the façade
  • GRP façades & fire protection
Harald Halvorsen, Director, Arabian Profile


Understanding fire resistant glass

  • Overview of fire rated glass
  • Integration of fire rated glass in a system
  • Correct specification of fire rated glass
Imran Manasawala, Director, Future Architectural Glass


Perimeter barrier firestop systems for curtain walls

  • Guidance on compliant specification
  • Insight to current test methodology
  • Clarity on different approaches to installation and associated risks
Andrew Kay, Global Façades Manager, Siderise Group


PANEL DISCUSSION: Fire safety in façades:

  • Glass buildings seen as fire hazard - myth or reality ?
  • Cladding - right choice of material
  • Preventing the spread of smoke from floor to floor - perimeter protection, smoke ventilation & other passive fire protection, fire rated material or fire retardant material
  • Smoke ventilation & other passive fire protection
  • Fire rated material or fire retardant material


Lars Anders, Managing Director, Priedemann


Maj. Hussain Aman Al Ali, Assistant Director of Prevention Department, General Directorate of Civil Defense First Lt. Nasser Ahmed Al Zeyara, Head of Inspection & Licensing Department, Prevention Department, General Directorate of Civil Defense Fadi Haidar, Lead Design Engineer, MZ & Partners Amr El-Kady, Director – Pre Contract Services, Arab Engineering Bureau Rabih Hamzeh, General Manager, Qatar Technical Aluminium Sajid Raza, Advisor & VP - Technical, Butler Engineering


Tea/Coffee Break & Networking

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)


Unveiling the real value of façade Engineering - A provocative statement on technical design leadership vs. copy/paste intelligence

  • Focusing on the job – client groups, expertise range, service availability
  • Avoiding information loss – workflow from concept to machine
  • Innovation realized – case studies and client value
  • Experiencing sustainable technology – service strategy for façade consultancy industry
Micha Pawelka & Anees Backer, Managing Directors, Priedemann Middle East


PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding Façade Process Management - FPM

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


Navin Keswani, Chairman & Managing Director, Aluplex


Mohamad Najib, Head of Architecture / Project Director, KEO Ahmad Mustafa Saif, Projects Engineering Expert, Building Projects Management Department, Public Works, Authority – ASHGHAL Amr Metwally, Head of Architecture PMC, Hamad Medical Coporation Waleed Hagag, Lead Project Manager, Arab Engineering Bureau John Douglas, Senior Project Manager, Alutec


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