13th Feb 2019, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on the subject of façade design & engineering. The conference now takes place in Asia (Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Hong Kong), Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), Africa (Kenya, Morocco and South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom and France), Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) and the United States of America.

Now in it’s 56th edition globally and the 3rd edition in Australia, the conference will discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will showcase the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

55th Edition - Zak World of Façades Australia, 13th Feb 2019, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.50 - 09.00

Welcome Address


09.00 - 09.30

Sustainability and the future trends in façades

  • International trends in façade design – Learning from international examples of façades what are appropriate new trends to be applying in the Australasian context
  • Façade optimization techniques – What new modelling techniques are being used to optimize façade design including glare modelling
  • Green building envelope – How are green envelopes developing and what modelling and measurement is being done to demonstrate the value of these façades
Anne Kovachevich, Australasian Foresight + Innovation Leader, Arup

09.30 - 10.00

Façades: Structure, Craft, Art & Nature

  • Exploring contextually rich façades
  • Façades on mega scale: National Maritime Museum of China
  • Façades in sub-tropical climate
Richard Coulson, Director, Cox Architecture

10.00 - 10.20

No. 1 defect in Australian construction and better ways to fix the defects

  • Identify shortcomings in the fabrication of dry & wet glazed window assemblies
  • Understand how these shortcomings can lead to systemic failure of the building envelope
  • Provide multiple rectification solutions to poorly fabricated windows
Steve Mort, National Technical Manager, Tremco Australia

10.40 - 11.05


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.05 - 11.25

Façades in tropical climates

  • Materials
  • Procurement and quality
  • Designing outside the box
Brandon Kieseker, Queensland Regional Manager, Inhabit Samantha Anderson, Associate - Building Physics, Inhabit

11.25 - 11.45

Free form façades – Design and delivery considerations

  • Embracing free form façades
  • Design considerations and the 3D process
  • Production and installation challenges
Michael O’Reilly, Deputy General Manager NSW, JML-Craft

11.45 - 12.15

The Jewel of the Coast

  • Allegory in architecture - Meaning and beauty in the built environment
  • Complex geometry and Building Information Management
  • The devil is in the details - Detailing complex façades
Barry Lee, Chairman/Director of Design, DBI Design

12.15 - 13.00

PANEL DISCUSSION: Energy codes, ratings & guidelines for façades

  • Sustainable façades for the region: Attaining energy performance requirements through building envelopes
  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet local Green Building regulations
  • NZBC updates for building energy efficiency measures: Optimal efficiency rate for residential vis-à-vis commercial buildings
  • Rating standards and stakeholder coordination for façades: Will energy efficient be economically efficient?
  • Thermal performance in curtain wall & fenestration (OTTV)
  • Passive house in Australia? The way forward


Michael Sutherland, Director, PDS Group


David Goodchild, Senior Design Manager, Probuild Hugh Keithly, Director of Façades, WSP Adriaan Window, Principal - Lead Applied Research and Sustainability Engineer, AECOM Richard Fairhead, Façade Consultant, Sellick Consultants Andrew Brady, Managing Director, GRC Quantity Surveyors

13.00 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

From concept to detail

  • Exploring the possibilities
  • Unlocking the potential
  • Realising the vision
Stephen Pratt, Associate, Hassell

14.00 - 14.20

National Construction Code (2019), but not as you know it!

  • What's new?
  • Performance vs design?
  • Impact's on procurement?
Darren O’Dea, Chief Building Physics Nerd, Fabric First

14.20 - 14.40

Combustible cladding – Navigating complex compliance pathways

  • Current state of play (state by state compliance requirements)
  • How do we fix this?
  • What the future may hold
Jonathan Shelley, Director, Omnii

14.40 - 15.00

Ensuring Compliant Building Envelopes through Research, Testing, Innovation, Design & Support Service

  • Identifying key aspects of the building regulations surrounding the building envelope
  • Discussing the need for change in the industry to meet the building regulations
  • Outlining how compliance is achieved with single component wall cladding solutions
Nicholas Brown, Technical Director Australasia & SEA, Kingspan Insulated Panels

15.00 - 15.20

A safe and compliant design of your façade’s fixings and joints

  • Designing façades cast-in and anchors according to AS5216:2018
  • Designing a fire and smoke seal for your edge of slab curtain wall joint
Zac Bouchabake, National Specification Engineer - Façade, Hilti Australia

15.20 - 15.40

The new wave of façade cladding solutions – MondoClad & Swisspearl

  • Features, testing and weatherproofing
  • Non-combustibility and NCC Compliance
  • Colour range and design opportunities
  • Recladding
Andrew Pike, National Product Manager - Swisspearl, HVG Façades Neil Weatherstone, National Product Manager - MondoClad, HVG Façades

15.40 - 16.00

Benefits of powder coatings in façade design

  • Performance standards and specification of powder coatings
  • Benefits of powder coatings
  • Recent innovations & track record in powder coatings
Tim VanDeVen, Marketing Manager - Interpon Powder Coatings, Akzonobel

15.40 - 15.55


16.05 - 16.05

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

View Photo Gallery

Associate Partners

© Copyright 2016. All Rights Reserved.