Zak World of Façades South East Asia,

13th Oct 2016, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

About the Event

The Inaugural edition of the Zak World of Façades South East Asia conference opened in grandeur to its delegates at the prestigious Marina Bay Sands on the 13th of October 2016. Around 376 delegates consisting of the leading architects, façade consultants, main contractors, developers and fabricators from the South-East Asia region attended the conference. The agenda of the conference comprised of keynote speeches, case studies, product presentations and panel discussions by 27 eminent personalities from the industry.

The event was convened by Stephan Tanno from Schüco International, a well-respected global façade professional. The event started with the welcome address by Andreas Engelhardt & Andreas Caprano who are the Chairman of Schüco International & Technoform Holdings respectively. This was followed by the opening keynote by Mathieu Meur from Meinhardt Façade Technology on glass visual quality where he spoke about the typical issues observed and applicable codes with examples of failures. Speaking next was Brad Wilkins from Gensler who spoke about outward-tilted glass in façades, their advantages, details for buildability and cost implications. Thorsten Siodla from Technoform spoke on thermal bridging and how thermal break is a must for tropical countries with research study examples. This concluded the session and was followed by a networking break.

The second session started off with a presentation by Michael Chin from Arup who spoke on sustainable design strategies in façade with case studies of their iconic projects in Singapore and also touched upon the WELL rating standard. It was then the turn of Stephan Tanno from Schüco International to speak on façade details for low energy consumption where he spoke about the importance of linking HVAC and façades which is generally ignored. The next speaker Charu Kokate from Moshe Safdie was the special keynote presenter and she spoke on the case studies on the façade design of the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Jewel Changi and Sky Habitat. The session ended with a panel discussion on energy codes, ratings and guidelines for facades where the new Green Mark version was discussed and how it will affect the design of façades going forward.

The third session post lunch kicked off with a presentation by the legend himself Joe Khoury from ALT Cladding who spoke about his experience on FAQ’s in façades. This was followed by presentation from Charlene Smith from PPG Industries on their performance glass and their strategic tie up with JinJing to service the Asian market. Christoph Troska from Trosifiol spoke next on which interlayer to use for which application. Yannis Angelis from Elval Colour then spoke on the importance of a coil coated in the building envelope. Paul Tsalolikhin from Hilti spoke on their innovative firestopping materials which are used in curtain wall edge-of-slabs. Suhel Kachwala from FG Glass ended the session with a presentation on the importance of daylighting and using innovative glass solutions to harness daylight in a building.

The final session of the day had Agnes Koltay from Koltay Façades speaking on the iconic Opus project in Dubai designed by Zaha Hadid Architects which has a complex geometry and many complex glass types. Chengde Huang from CSG spoke next on their range of performance glass for façades and the conference ended by a very engaging panel discussion on understanding façade process management with expert views from an architect, façade consultant, main contractor, façade sub-contractor and a quantity surveyor.
This debut edition of Zak World of Façades South East Asia in Singapore was a stupendous success and was highly appreciated for its content, key decision makers who attended the event, ambience, networking break-out sessions and more importantly imparting the knowledge about the latest innovations in façades and designing sustainable façades for the tropics.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

23rd Edition - Zak World of Façades South East Asia, 13th Oct 2016, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50-

Delegate Registration

08.50 - 09.00-

Welcome Address

Syed Zakir Ahmed, CMD, Zak Group

9.00 - 9.30-

Glass visual quality

  • Applicable codes of practice
  • Typical issues observed
  • Mitigation methods
Mathieu Meur, Managing Director, Meinhardt Facade Technology

09.30 - 09.50-

Outward-Tilting Glass (strategies for improving energy efficiency, glare reduction and visual clarity)

  • Energy Efficiency: Sunlight angle of incident, shading, direct and indirect radiation
  • Façade Aerodynamics: For tall and slender towers
  • Visual Clarity : Interior glare reduction, transparency
  • Contextual Response: Climate mapping, exterior glare reduction
  • Cost Implications: Offsets and balances, making tilted glass pay for itself, details for buildability
Brad Wilkins, Asia Leader for Commercial Office Building Developers, Associate, Gensler

09.50 - 10.10-

The Neglected Zone

  • What is the thermal zone and why is it important?
  • Why is it important to design the thermal zone at the early phase of project?
  • Strategies and case studies to optimise the thermal zone
Dr Thorsten Siodla, Global Head of Technology & Innovations, Technoform Holding Germany

10.10 - 10.30-


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.30 - 11.00-

Cities Alive: Designing green & sustainable façades for the tropics

  • Why do we need sustainable cities?
  • Challenges incorporating "green" façades and how they can influence the environment
  • Examples of sustainable façades design in tropics and other parts of the world
  • "Well" rating system and how it will influence future buildings
Michael Chin, Associate Principal - Facade Engineering Leader, Arup

11.00 - 11.20-

Façade detailing for low energy consumption

  • Principles of passive design using the inherent qualities of the construction
  • Focus on climates where complete natural ventilation is not possible due to the harshness of the climate, hence mechanical HVAC is necessary
  • Examples of how simple improvements in the design and detailing of the building envelope can result in considerable energy savings in the operation of HVAC sysytems
  • Case studies of projects where such improvements could be made and show likely savings in energy and hence cost reduction
Stephen Tanno, Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco International

11.20 - 11.50-

Special Keynote - Optimizing structural efficiency and sustainability in façade design

  • In every climate, façade design may be optimized to take advantage of unique site features, orientation, materiality and use
  • Sharing three projects in the tropical climate of Singapore, with differing uses and geometries, this presentation will review how the design and construction teams partnered to integrate and optimize architectural and structural efficiency
  • In each case, the use of a variety of traditional and emerging tools, including parametric modeling and customized computer scripts, as well as actual mockups in the field, to refine steelwork and exterior building material system choices
  • Examples include the fractalization of the façade with stepped terraces at a residential tower, Sky Habitat; the finely-tuned building assemblies of steel structure and glass and metal panels at Jewel at Changi Airport; and the fabrication sequencing and engineering of the complex façades of the Marina Bay Sands complex
  • Insight on how occupant comfort and architectural expression is enhanced by the exploration of daylighting, energy modeling, solar and shade analysis
Charu Kokate, Principal, Safdie Architects

11.50 - 12.40-

Energy codes, ratings & guidelines for façades

  • Sustainable façades for the region
  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet local Green Building regulations
  • Rating standards and stakeholder coordination for façades
  • Thermal performance in curtain wall & fenestration
  • Dynamic shading techniques


Dr Mathias Behrens, Managing Director, Technofrom Holding Germany


Michael Leong, Director, SAA Architects Darren O'Dea, Principal - Building Physics (ESD), Inhabit Group Theodore Chan, Director, CIAP Architects Yong Ping Quen, Technical Director, Building System & Diagnostics Gabriel Chen, Director, RSP Architects Simon Wild, Sustainability Director, Lend Lease

12.40 - 13.40-

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00-

Façade: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • System Application/Classification
  • Terminology
  • Material and Finishes
  • Thermal Performance
  • Safety
Joe Khoury, Principal, ALT Cladding

14.00 - 14.20-

High performance glass in building design

  • Thermal and optical performance of glasses
  • Energy modeling results of high performance glasses
  • Green City Alliance -JJW (Jinjing) and first project in the US
Charlene Smith, Manager QA & Tech Services - International, PPG Industries

14.20 - 14.40-

Which interlayer for which application ?

  • Interlayers offer additional properties to glass (safety, acoustic, aesthetics, UV- control, structural properties,…)
  • Guidelines on how to choose the right interlayer
Christoph Troska, Manager - Global Architecture Segment, Kuraray Interlayer Solutions

14.40 - 15.00-

The importance of the coil coater and ACP producer in building envelope success

  • Importance of proper passivation in aluminium substrate
  • Paint specifications and warranty period
  • Functional coatings
  • Composite panel fire performance and specification integrity
Yannis Angelis, General Manager, Elval Colour

15.00 - 15.20-

Innovative solutions for fastening and protection of curtain walls

  • Cast-in channel solutions for thin slabs
  • New fireproofing materials for curtain wall edge-of-slabs
Paul Tsalolikhin, Marketing Director (Facades), Hilti

15.20 - 15.40-

Innovative ideas for glass – Glare + Shading

  • Problems with glare and high sunlight in tropical countries, solving the most critical and most overlooked concern in glass façade
  • Introducing climacool (IGU) with Solera®- 'the Real Daylighting Solution'
Suhel Kachwala, Managing Director, FG Glass

15.40 - 16.00-

Networking Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20-

Building The Opus - Case study and history of a double curved glazed project in Dubai

  • The Opus is a 20-storey fully glazed mixed used building in Dubai. Commissioned by Omniyat, Zaha Hadid Architects developed a unique design resembling a cube with the core melted out
  • Discover how the outer flat facdes of The Opus are neutral transparent glazed with a silver mirror pattern, while the core area is dark blue 3D formed glazing
  • Recognise the main challenges of achieving the 3D double-curved shape such as the UAE climate, colour correction and dealing with the radiation focusing effect the geometry imposes
Agnes Koltay, Director, Koltay Façades April Soh, Façade Consultant, Singapore Director, Koltay Façades

16.20 - 16.40-

The most energy efficient glass for buildings - Triple low emissivity glass

  • Performance of different low-e products & their different energy saving effects
  • Aesthetic aspects of infrared screening glass series
Dr Chengde Huang, Technical Director, CSG Architectural Glass

16.40 - 17.25-

Understanding Facade Process Management - FPM

  • Facade 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


Joe Khoury, Principal, ALT Cladding


Gieto Sugianto, Director - Projects, Architects61 John Stanlake, Technical Director, Inhabit Group Masoud Moinfar, Managing Director, Fenestra Malaysia Eugene Seah, Group Managing Director, Langdon & Seah Yong Jian Rong, Construction Manager, Woh Hup

17.25 - 17.30 -

Vote of Thanks

17.30 - 20.00 -

VIP Networking Event hosted by Schüco & Technoform Group (by invite only)

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