7th Edition – Zak World of Façades India

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
Director & COO, L&W Construction
Managing Director, Balaji Building Technologies
Director, Davis & Langdon KPK
CEO & Director, Geotrix Building Envelope
With over 20 years of experience as an Civil Engineering background, Selvam started his career in Singapore addressing construction management and managed complex façade of buildings to a tune of S$ 300 million with world renowned façade company until 2010....
Director-Design, Venkataramanan associates
Ravindra Kumar (Ravee), heads Design as a Director at Venkataramanan associates. His strength has been in providing innovative design solutions to emerging project trends in Asia. He has a keen understanding of the complex needs of urbanity and its reconstruct...
Director & CEO, Sobha Developers (Glazing Division)
Mr. P.V. Varghese serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Sobha Glazing & Metal Work Division at Sobha Limited and has over 2 decades of experience in the field of Glazing, Cladding & Construction Management. He has been associated with...
Managing Director / CEO, Priedemann Holding
Lars Anders is the CEO of Priedemann Façade Experts and Façade-Lab Research & Development Center, which accomplishes tasks relating to the façade or building envelope. In this role, He manages and leads along with his managing partners, a team providing...
Director, Global Façade Solutions
Mr Singh has around 3 decades of experience in manufacturing/design/planning/execution of aluminium window and curtain walling of all types unitized, semi unitized, stick etc., suspended glazing systems, complemented by global experience in the field.
Design Director, Gensler
Diwakar comes with over 23 years of experience in a range of complex building types including super-tall, high-rise, commercial, institutional, residential and low-cost housing in the United States, China, Middle East & India. His specialties include: Design leadership, Project Initiation,...
Executive Director, Prestige Developers
Aged 46 years, V. Gopal joined the Prestige Group on March 23, 1992. He holds a B.E. Civil Engineering Degree from the Bangalore University. In a total of 25 years of working experience, his association with Prestige Estates Projects dates...
Director, Salarpuria Group
Mr. Mahesh Khaitan serves as a Director at Sattva Group. Mr. Khaitan has more than two decades of rich experience in Planning, Designing and Execution of Projects. He spearheads Project Development, infuses quality and commitment into every aspect of the...
Architect of Light, Atelier Dada
Nirmit comes with a strong professional background in architecture, urban design & interior design prior to specializing in lighting design. He has travelled extensively in India & Europe to discover nature of social behavior & its relation to architectural space....
Chairman, Synergy Property Services
Sankey Prasad is an entrepreneur, mentor, angel investor and philanthropist; above all a visionary. One of the most successful construction professionals in the country with an enviable track record; before starting his venture, Sankey worked in various capacities in the...
Director, Glass Wall Systems
Born with an aim to conquer his ambition in life and goal. He started working as a entrepreneur to take path in achieving his vision. With over two decade plus experience in Façade industry.He has played a pivotal role in...
Regional Director - South Asia, Meinhardt Façade Technology
Mahesh provides the strategic leadership as the Regional Director for Meinhardt Group and Façade Consultancy business in South Asia. He has been in the Engineering Consultancy Services and Construct industry for over 27 years. His experience ranges from Aluminium Glazing...
Founder Director, DSP Design Associates
Bimal Desai assumes leadership for DSP Design Associates as Founding member and Principal Architect actively leading the firm to explore newer frontiers and evolving new strategies for business expansion both nationally as well as internationally commanding expertise across Master Planning,...
Managing Director, Winwall Technology India
Simon has been with Winwall since 1992 setting up curtain wal and window performance testing facilities. He has tested and inspected more than 800 projects from Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, India& China. Along with this he is a...
Director, Glass Wall Systems
Serving the façade industry for more than 27 years, Jawahar makes sure all his ventures are met with immaculate precision and absolute commercial success.
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