Zak World of Façades India,

21st Feb 2014, ITC Royal Gardenia, Bengaluru

About the Event

After six highly encouraging and successful editions around India, the 7th edition of Zak World of Façades returned to Bengaluru on 21st February 2014 at ITC Gardenia, with a zest for continued innovation in the façade technology.

The conference became an exhilarating affair with new speakers, topics and products that relayed the burning torch of bringing about the façade revolution, initiated 18 months ago in the same city of Bangalore.

About 315 representatives from architects, builders, façade consultants, contractors and others from the façade & fenestration fraternity were present throughout the four sessions. Each session revolved round different themes.

The morning session commenced with an informative and picturesque presentation on ‘Facades – more than skin deep’ by DiwakarChintala who’s the Design Director at Gensler. Presenting next was Simon Chin, Managing Director of Winwall Technologies, who spoke on ‘Importance of Façade Testing’. Up next was the pre-lunch session which saw two magnificent lectures on ‘Complex Façade Geometries’ and ‘Best Practise Façade Design – value of parametric design’ by two most promising façade consultants – Mahesh Arumugam, Director, Meinhardt Technologies and Lars Anders, Managing Director, Preidemann Façade Consultants respectively. Further NirajBorikar, Head – South & West for FunderMax showcased the ‘Artistic Dynamism in Façades’. The session ended with an interactive group discussion moderated by Satish Kumar from Indian Façade & Fenestration Association on “Conceiving a Healthy Façade Project” which included panelistsArRavindra Kumar, Design Director, Venkatramanan Associates, Harmeet Singh, Director, Global Façade Solutions,Varghese PV, CEO, Sobha Developers, Sankey Prasad, Chairman, Synergy Property Services, AsaithambiManickam, Director &COO, L&W Constructions and Mahesh Khaitan, Director, Salarpuria Group.

The third session began with an important panel discussion on ‘Efficient Façade System’ moderated by DevChandwani, CEO, Zak Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. and SelvamRamanathan, CEO, Geotrix Building Envelopes. Key issues such daylighting, glare, fire-safety, structural and seismic considerations were discussed and a due thought was given to the façade guidelines. The panelists included Sanjay Balan Associate Director at RSP Design,GuruprakashSastry, Regional Manager, Infrastructures at Infosys,Mahesh ArumugamKaran Keswani, Director, Aluplex Systems and BalajiKonidalafrom Balaji Building Technologies.

To sum up the session, a few very informative presentations were made highlighting the latest façade technology innovations. NirmitJhaveri, Architect of Light at Atelier Dada gave an enlightening presentation on ‘Façade Lighting – the zing thing’. Next to present wasAshok Khemlani, CMD at Clean India Group, who spoke about the Building Maintenance units for complex façade structures.The session ended with a high voltage presentation byAnil Agarwal from GlobalAluminium who spoke about the ‘High precision profiles for curtain walls’.

The last session went beyond energy efficiency and focused on Formulating the IFFA Guidelines for a seamless façade technology. It started with Sanjay Balan from RSP talking about ‘Future of Indian Façade Industry in Architectural Language’. It was followed by UdayShetty from Archintex speaking on ‘High end European hardware for curtain wall and windows’. The end of the conference saw the foundation of benchmark standards and guidelines in an exciting and engaging panel discussion. Moderated by SelvamRamanathan, the panelist included Gopal V, Executive Director, Prestige Developers, S Niranjan, Director, Davis & Langdon KPK, KamleshChoudhari, Director, Glass Wall Systems, Stuart Macaskie COO, Karle Infra&Lars Anders from Preidemann.

The exhibition display showcased some of the exclusive engineering components for façades, which included aluminium extrusions from Global Aluminium, glazing tapes fromPentagon, hardware from KinLong and Archintex, sealants from McCoy Soudal, high pressure laminates from Fundermax and high performance glass from Modiguard. Glass Wall Systems showcased their solutions for façade engineering and Clean India Group showcased their solutions for BMU & Façade maintenance.

This edition of Zak World of Façades was the first in the second phase of the series that shall mark a significant change in the façade industry in India with the setting up and formalization of the IFFA guidelines for façade and fenestration.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

7th Edition - Zak World of Façade India, 21st Feb 2014, ITC Royal Gardenia, Bengaluru

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

09.00 - 09.30-

Delegate Registration

09.30 - 09.40-

Welcome Address

Dev Chandwani, CEO, Zak Trade Fairs & Exhibitions

09.40 - 10.05-

Facades: more than skin-deep

Diwakar Chintala, Design Director, Gensler

10.05 - 10.30-

The importance of façade testing

Simon Chin, Managing Director, Winwall Technologies, Singapore

10.30 - 10.50-

Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.50 - 11.15-

Complex façade geometries

Mahesh Arumugam, Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

11.15 - 11.40-

Best practise façade design - value of parametric design

Lars Anders, Managing Director, Priedemann Façade Consultants

11.40 - 12.00-

Artistic dynamism in façades

Niral Borikar, Head - South & West, Fundermax

12.00 - 13.00-

PANEL DISCUSSION: Conceiving a healthy façade project: Getting the façade concept correct from the project inception stage; Identifying the different types of façades, materials & structural systems; Improving the façade deliverables; Product quality assurance audit and establishing onus; Façade testing - mandatory or voluntary ?


Satish Kumar, Founder Director, Indian Façade & Fenestration Association


Ravindra Kumar, Design Director, Venkataramanan Associates Harmeet Singh, Director, Global Façade Solutions Varghese PV, CEO, Sobha Developers (Glazing & Metal Works) Sankey Prasad, Chairman, Synergy Property Services Mahesh Khaitan, Director, Salarpuria Group Asaithambi Manickam, Director & COO, L&W Construction

13.00 - 14.00-

Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

14.00 - 15.00-

PANEL DISCUSSION: Efficient façade system: Definition of green in a façade; Effective daylighting & controlling glare without marring the aesthetics of the building; Fire safety - gap between mandatory and obligatory; Structural stability and seismic considerations; Following façade guidelines based on existing or developing new one’s.


Dev Chandwani, CEO, Zak Trade Fairs & Exhibitions


Bimal Desai, Director, DSP Design Associates Rohan Parikh, Head - Green Initiatives & Infrastructure, Infosys Mahesh Arumugam, Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology Jawahar Hemrajani, Director, Glass Wall Systems Balaji Konidala, Managing Director, Balaji Building Technologies Harakumar GK, VP - Engineering, Tata Housing

15.00 - 15.20-

Façade Lighting - the Zing thing

Nirmit Jhaveri, Architect of Light, Atelier dada

15.20 - 15.40-

European hardware for curtain walls

Uday Shetty, Managing Director, Archintex

15.40 - 16.00-

High precision aluminium profiles for curtain walls

Anil Agarwal, Managing Director, Global Aluminium

16.00 - 16.20-

Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.20 - 16.40-

Future of Indian façade industry in architectural language

Arunjot Singh Bhalla, Managing Director, RSP

16.40 - 17.00-

GFRC architectural cladding elements for façades

Vinay Menon, Director, Authentic Works

17.00 - 18.00-

PANEL DISCUSSION: IFFA façade guidelines: Identifying the correct product in a contract - by brand or specification or technical properties; Safeguarding the project inline with the clients investment; General and special conditions of a contract


Selvam R, CEO, Geotrix Building Envelope


Gopal V, Executive Director, Prestige Group Abhay Zachariah, Principal, Zachariah Consultants* S Niranjan, Director, Davis Langdon KPK Kamlesh Choudhari, Director, Glass Wall Systems Jayant Joseph, Sr Director-Real Estate & Facilities, Oracle India
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