Zak World of Façades Sri Lanka,

17th Nov 2015, Cinnamon Grand, Colombo

About the Event

With ever increasing demand for the multi-use urban spaces, there has been a definitive spurt in the housing and urban development activities in Sri Lanka. Numerous tall buildings with a special focus on aesthetics and sustainability are being built by the various international developers. While the focus primarily is on environment friendly structures with efficient façades, technological advances like structural and seismic stability, fire and life safety are also key points that determine the façade of the new developments in Sri Lanka. Addressing these prime issues of façade performance and function, Zak World of Façades returns to Colombo after the enormous success of the debut edition which took place last year in September.
This forum will aim at pith understanding of façade design and engineering and shall address the issues like wind tunnel testing, energy efficiency and sustainability through façades, safety and security consideration and complete façade process management.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

17th Edition - Zak World of Façades Sri Lanka, 17th Nov 2015, Cinnamon Grand, Colombo

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)


Welcome Address

Syed Zakir Ahmed, CMD, Zak Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd.


Guidance service... Is it an add-on investment?

  • A case study on consequence of not availing a competent service team
  • A rationale look on benefit of expert guidance.. But look for the competence of the specialist
Micha Pawelka, Managing Director, Priedemann Building Envelope Consultants


Wind engineering on façade

  • Impact of the wind on the structures and environment
  • Cladding load wind tunnel study and other facilities
  • Advantages of the cladding load wind tunnel study
  • Limitations of the International codes and standards
Venukumar Balla, Technical Director, Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin (RWDI)


Vitality of rear ventilated façades

  • Past and present
  • Benefits of ventilation with examples
  • Indispensable for high pressure laminates
Dr Prashanth Reddy, MD & CEO, FunderMax India


Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)


Safety in façades and fenestration

  • Fire safety
  • Life safety
KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades


Aluminium in green building

  • Climate megatrends
  • Buildings of tomorrow
  • Aluminium in sustainability
  • Energy neutral buildings
Benoît Sibertin Blanc, Director - Marketing, AluK


Façade - Beyond Skin Deep

Façade designs and constructions have made tremendous technological advances in recent years. From structural glass façade systems to improving passive cooling in the building to harnessing energy from the sun. But beyond the sustainability and technological advances is the façade’s ability to connect and reflect its cultural and social context to create narratives that extends the spatial experience of the building both within and without. The following projects are investigations as to how wow integrates these narratives with the appropriate façade technology to craft the building’s intrinsic values.
  • The Sculptural Façade: Conrad Manila Bay, Manila, Philippines
  • The Zero-Waste Façade: Archifest Pavilion 2012, Singapore
  • The Breathing Façade: East Coast House, Singapore
  • LThe Weaving Green Façade: Hilton, Jarkata, Singapore
  • The Memory Façade: Vivanta by Taj Whitefield, Bangalore, India
  • The Layering Façade: Vivanta by Taj Gurgaon, Bangalore, India
  • The Ever-Changing Jali Façade: Mall at KG road, Bangalore, India
James Tan, Director, WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design


PANEL DISCUSSION: Energy codes, ratings & guidelines for façades

  • Sustainable façades for the region
  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet Green Building regulations
  • Rating standards and stakeholder coordination for façades
  • Thermal eciency of a windows & façades
  • Dynamic shading techniques


Tariq Kachwala, Director, FG Glass


Migara Alwis, Managing Director, Design Consortium Kalana Alwis, Director, Nawaloka Construction Dilum Peiris Goonetilleke, Director, Azonic Midas Dr. Stephan Anthonisz, Director/CEO, Softlogic Properties Dickie Ong, Design Manager, Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts Bernard Gomez, MD, B.G.J.F Consultancy Services

12.30 -

Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)


LED integrated façades

  • Value addition that façade lighting brings to a project
  • Case study of a façade lighting project
  • Challenges in implementation of a LED integrated in a curtain wall
Harish Gupta, VP - Architecture, Glass Wall Systems


Innovative façade solutions

  • Louvres and its application as an innovative shading element in façades
  • Terracotta as a sustainable cladding material
Ashok T, Business Director, Hunter Douglas


Understanding fire resistant glass

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


PANEL DISCUSSION: Façade safety & quality considerations

  • Façade performance objectives for high end residential and mixed use developments
  • Façade safety - gaps between mandatory and obligatory
  • Structural stability and wind load considerations
  • Importance of façade maintenance for a sustained quality


Dilshan Ferdinando, Group Director, Access Projects


Upula Chandrakumara, Director - Architecture, SWA Namal Peiris, CEO, International Construction Consortium Harmeet Singh, Director, Global Façade Solutions Jawahar HH, Director, Glass Wall Systems Lakshman Seneviratne, Director, Mihindu Keerthiratne Associates Niraj Borikar, Head - Sales, FunderMax


Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)


Sealants & PU foams for building façades

  • Perimeter seals
  • Core fills
  • Fire barriers
Niten Patial, Vice President, McCoy Soudal

16.00 -

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 avoidance
  • Eect on the bottom line


PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding Façade Process Management - FPM

  • Façade deliveries - understanding and mitigating ris
  • The need for FPM
  • Implementation - players involved and their roles
  • Possible pitfalls and their avoidance
  • Aect on the bottom line


KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades


Suchith Mohotti, Chairman, Suchith Mohotti Architects Joe Sheri, Director, Ajax Engineers* Mallikarjuna T, Country Head - Sri Lanka, Shapoorji Pallonji Nilruk Jeevaratne, Director - Operations & Marketing, Alufab Mohan VK, GM - Colombo Project, Tata Housing Development Prof. Chitra Weddikkara, Managing Director, Q-Serve


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