4th Edition – Zak World of Façades India

Zak World Of Facades successfully completes 4th edition of its dedicated conference of Facades & Building Envelopes in Mumbai. Record turnout of 521 delegates from the Industry. The Indian Facade Industry unites for sustainable growth and development.

We are approaching a fast lane of industrial growth and as we speak today we still miss the fundamentals of the building façade, which is a complex subject for most of us.

The 4th edition of Zak World of Facades held on the 1st March at the ITC Maratha in Mumbai addressed the complex issues involved in a façade. A record 521 delegates attended which made it the largest ever conference dedicated to façades to have been held in India. The full day event, which ended by 11 pm, was a tribute to this ailing façade industry. The resounding presence of 521 architects, builders, façade consultants, contractors and other representatives from the façade & fenestration industry; present throughout the day, was a true testament on the commitment shown by the industry to discuss, connect, network and engage with the who’s who of the fraternity.

The first session on Design & Testing commenced by a presentation on “Designing the façade using 3D modelling & simulation” by Mr Vijay from CAD Plan. Presenting next was Mr Simon Chin from Winwall Technology who stressed upon “The need for a façade performance test”. The session ended with an interactive group discussion moderated by Mr Bhisham Vaswani from Halfen on “Best design practices for façades” which included panelists Ar Chris Laack from Burt Hill, Mr KR Suresh from Axis Facades, Mr Selvam from Geotrix & Mr Simon Chin from Winwall.

The second session on Procurement & Production began with a presentation by Mr Senthil from Asahi on “Selecting the right choice of glass” to be followed by Mr Indrajit Roy on “Choosing the right quality of extrusion”. Next to present was Mr Uday Shetty on “Adopting European hardware for façades”. Mr Satish Kumar from Elumatec highlighted the need for “Automating & optimizing façade production”. He concluded the session by moderating an enlightening group discussion on “Challenges faced in P3 – planning, procurement & production”. The above speakers were joined on the panel discussion by Mr Sharanjit Singh from GSC Glass, Mr Dev Chandwani from Innovators & Mr Rahul Rajgaria from Pentagon Tapes.

The third session on Quality Control, Installation & New Innovations started with Mr Bhisham Vaswani from Halfen presenting on “Quality installations using cast-in-anchor channels” to be followed by Mr William Zhou from Guibao on “Silicone sealants for façades”. Ms Suhag Khemlani from Clean India imparted the techniques of “Façade maintenance & cleaning”. Next to present was Mr Lakshman from Aluform on “Solid aluminum cladding for façades”. Mr Shrikrishna Ginde from Belgium Aluminium appraised on “Reflection on precision for facades”

The last part of the third session showcased two first-of-its-kind presentations in India on “Façade lighting using integrated LED” by Mr CY Lim from PTP Singapore and “Media façade – How to use a façade as a profit center” by Mr Pankaj Gohil from Panin Hitech Products.

The second half of this event featured two interactive and engaging group discussions. The first group discussion moderated by Mr Selvam from Geotrix was on “Design safeguards, product choice & warranties” featuring panelists Ar Narin from L&T, Mr VS Ravi from Façade India Testing, Mr Kamlesh from Glass Wall Systems, Ar Anupam De from Anupam De & Associates, Mr Sharanjit Singh from GSC Glass, Mr Senthil from Asahi & Mr Ashok Gupta from Akzonobel.

The final session ended with yet another fiery group discussion on “The current scenario of the façade industry in India” with key emphasis on L1 projects, cash flow & manpower crisis. The session was once again moderated by Mr Selvam from Geotrix and had Ar Kiran Uchil from RSP, Mr Moorthy from L&T, Ar Sandeep Shikre from SSA Architects, Mr Mahesh from Meinhardt Façade, Mr Pankaj Keswani from Alufit & Mr Jawahar from Glass Wall Systems as the panelists.

The exhibition showcased 13 exclusive components for façades, which included Glass from Asahi, Aluminium Extrusions from Sapa Profiles & Global Aluminium, Anchor Channels from Halfen, Glazing Tapes from Pentagon, Hardware from Cotswold & Lavaal, Sealant from Guibo, Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) from DA Surya Shakti, Cladding from Aluform & Saray, Cradle from Clean India Group. Panin Hitech Solutions showcased a live display of a media façade. Glass Wall Systems along with Belgium Aluminium & Glass showcased their solutions for façade contracting.

March 1, 2013 will definitely be a day to remember with many key discussions on critical topics that have never been discussed before in public and boldly address core issues to every person involved in the Indian Façade and Fenestration industry.

Speakers and Panelists
Cluster Project Manager, Larsen & Toubro
Principal Architect, Hafeez Contractor
Hafeez Contractor has impacted the skyline of much of the built environment of metropolitan India, with an unmistakable identifying stamp. He set up practice in 1982 with a dedication to design excellence, efficient delivery and sophistication in building technology. Today,...
Associate Director, Innovators Facade Systems
Chief Architect, Larsen & Toubro Construction
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....
Principal Architect, Anupam De & Associates
Anupam De is the Founder and Principal Architect Anupam De & Associates (ADA). It is an architectural practice that aims to sculpt aesthetic and functionally superior environments. After having being associated with one of India’s largest firms for nearly 14...
CEO, Sandeep Shikre & Associates
Sandeep Shikre is the President + CEO of SSA Architects. He is an USGBC LEED Accredited Professional and is the founding member of Indian Green Building Council. At SSA, he heads a team of 225+ dedicated, committed professionals. With a...
President, Facade India Testing
With over 30 years of hardcore technical facade experience Mr. Ravi is a Mechanical Engineer who is considered one of the foremost “Minds” in facades. Widely regarded and respected Mr. Ravi is a very sought after figure within the fraternity.
Principal & Design Director, Burt Hill Design Pvt. Ltd
Chris is adept in all areas encompassing the architectural profession: design, technical, project management, marketing, practice management and operations.
Director, BES Consultants
Rajan has more than 30 years of international experience within the facade industry, out of which he has served more than 11 years at Arup. With Structural engineering background Rajan has gained working experiences in various regions such as Asia,...
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...
Director, RSP India
Mumbai. He is registered with Council of Architecture, India; International Associate, American Institute of Architects and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada; Fellow, Indian Institute of Architects;; and life Member, Practicing Engineers, Architects and Planners Association. He has over 30 years...
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...
Chairman, GSC Glass
A mechanical engineer by profession, Mr. Singh has wide expertise and in depth knowledge of processing glass for various applications, to the latest international standards. He is the engineering brain behind the new innovations, CAD CAM applications and automation at...
Managing Director, Alufit
Style and charisma personified, suave and enterprising to the core, pankaj Keswani is the founder Managing Director of the 300 Cr. Indian Façade conglomerate – Alufit. Alufit is today a renowned name in the aluminium curtain wall industry and over...
Regional Director - South Asia, Avante Façades
With a view to lead by example through devoted work ethics and constant innovation, Suresh is one of the most sought after façade consultants of India with a unique approach of integrating and detailing to insure that all elements of...
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