8th Edition – Zak World of Façades India

Taking a cue from the current trend of tall buildings and building on the glory of enormous success of the previous editions, ZAK World of Façades in its season two, returned to Mumbai on 11th of April at ITC Maratha with a never before confluence of première façade consultants, high profile architects and real estate honchos from India and abroad. More than 421 delegates, all key representations from the top architectural firms, developer community, façade consultants, contractors and other façade enthusiasts discussed and pondered over the theme of façade design criteria for tall structures with special focus on façades for residential and hospitality. Performance criteria such as thermal efficiency, fireproofing, acoustics, photovoltaics, façade testing and more were also discussed.

The conference started with an informative case study of ‘Façade of Burj Vista Tower’ by Brad Frey who’s the Senior Façade Consultant at Koltay Facades, Dubai. Presenting next was Mahesh Arumugam, Director of Meinhardt Consultancy, who spoke on “Building Façade Integrated Photovoltaics”. Up next wasAycaOzcanlar, Senior Façade Consultant at ARUP, Singapore, who explained about the ‘Façade performance criteria for tall structures’. The pre-lunch session saw two stupendous lectures. While the first presenter – Dr. Prashanth Reddy, MD, FunderMax mystified the audience with ‘Bold & Beautiful Facades’,RajanGovind from Building Envelope Specialists, captivated them with an intriguing explanation on ‘Combating façade failures’. The session ended with an interactive group discussion moderated by K R Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades on “Façade design and engineering for tall buildings” which included panelistsArNilabh Nagar, Senior Associate, Architect Hafeez Contractor, SharanHiremath, SVP Real Estate, Reliance Industries, RajanGovind and JawaharHemrajani, Director, Glass Wall Systems.

The third session began with a never before congregation of key industry stalwarts vis-à-vis AshishJauhri, Design Director, DSP Design Associates, Nitin Kumar, CEO, Fairwood Project Management, Ragupathy S, VP Infrastructure & Planning at TCS, Anup Mathew, Business Head – Construction Division, Godrej & Boyce, SonaliBedre, Director, Alumayer and Tariq Kachwala, Director, FG Glass along with two guests of honor – SS Warick, Jt. Chief Fire Officer, MIDC and Sunil H Nesarikar, Dy. Chief Fire Officer, Mumbai Fire Brigade. The leaders discussed on a critical topic of “Fire Safety in Façades” and the discussion was moderated by SelvamRamanathan, CEO, Geotrix Building Envelopes.

To sum up the session, a few very informative presentations were made highlighting the latest innovations in façade technology. PV Somasundaram, Vice President at 3A Composites gave an insight on fire rated cladding solutions. Next to present was Rahul Miskeen, VP Design at Glass Wall Systems, who spoke about “Designing a unitized curtain wall system integrated with windows”. The session ended with a high voltage presentation by Anil Agarwal from Global Aluminium who spoke about the “High precision profiles for curtain walls”.

The last session focussed on the upcoming trend of ‘Glazed Residences and facades for residential and hospitality sector’. It started with TarekBassil from MomentivePerformace Materials talking about ‘Next generation structural sealants’. It was followed by GrazianoD’Mellio from Lavaal who showed an interactive video on ‘Hardware for facades technology’. Last presentation of the day was an interesting and inspiring affair when K R Suresh showed some unconventional but practically usable material for façade building.

The end of the conference saw the experts talk about standards and guidelines for facades in residential and hospitality segment in an exciting and engaging panel discussion. Moderated by AmitMalhotra, the panelists included Ar. VivekBhole, Principal, Neomodern Architects, Amar Tendulkar, SVP, Planning and Design, Omkar Realtors and Developers,KamleshChoudhari, Director, Glass Wall Systems, Ar.ShekharPatki, Principal, PG Patki Associates, Mahesh ArumugamDr. AnanyaGandotra, Head – Technical Services Group, Taj Group, Ar. Ravi Sarangan, Director, Edifice Architects and Dr. Prashanth Reddy from FunderMax.

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 GE Sealants and McCoy Soudal, high pressure laminates from Fundermax, innovative cladding materials fromAlucobondVM Zinc and Terreal, high performance glass from Modiguard, Aluminium processing machinery from Elumatec and façade access equipment from SISA Engineering.Glass Wall Systems showcased their solutions for façade engineering.

This edition of Zak World of Façades was the second 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
SVP - Real Estate, Reliance Industries
Founder & Principal, DSP Design
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....
Senior Façade Consultant, Koltay Facades
With over 10 years experience in facades and architecture, Brad’s specialities include complex building geometry and analysis, technical detailing, and building maintenance/access. Brad is a Senior Façade Consultant and Associate with Koltay Facades in Dubai.
Senior Associate, Architect Hafeez Contractor
With more than 2 decades of experience, Nilabh has a keen interest in building technology and use of innovative materials as well energy conservation in architecture with special focus on fenestration and lighting. He has widely travelled around the world...
VP Infrastructure & Planning, TCS
With 25 years of rich experience in architecture, design and construction, Ragupathy has worked for a wide array of projects ranging from high rises to stadiums to retail. He is currently Vice President Infrastructure, Planning & Development at Tata Consultancy...
Director, Edifice Architects
Born in a garage in Chembur, Edifice today is one of India’s largest design consultancy firms. Ravi along with his friend and partner Sanjay founded Edifice with 6 core values at the center of the work ethics – integrity, ownership,...
Principal, PG Patki Associates
Mr. S P Patki is passionate towards the job he does and this spirit flows over to P G Patki Architects. Mr. Patki maintains: “It is not always about superficiality, for even iconic ones can be huge architectural failures. It...
Principal, Vivek Bhole Architects
Vivek’s success mantra has been only sheer hard work, dedication, ingenious vision and out of box thinking. With over 15 years of design experience, Vivek provides the firm with senior leadership and design talent. A strong and skilful entrepreneur, he...
CEO, Fairwood Project Management
Nitin has a wide experience across sector ranging from social infrastructure, Bridges, Residential, commercial and large scale Mix used Developments, etc. A project management expert, Nitin has tremendous experience in high-rise construction technologies. Under his excellent leadership and guidance, Fairwood...
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.
Chief of Design and Sustainability, Mahindra Lifespace Developers
Amar is Chief of Design and Sustainability at Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited. Amar oversees Design ideation and implementation across Mahindra Lifespaces’ developments, encompassing residential projects and integrated business cities & industrial clusters. Amar has over 22 years of work experience...
Business Head, Construction Division
Mr. Mathew has over 2 decades of work experience in the Construction & Real Estate Sector. His experience includes Real Estate Development, Construction Project Management, Management of Corporate Real Estate Assets and related civil infrastructure. Currently he is heading the...
Senior Façade Consultant, ARUP, Singapore
With over 12 years’ extensive experience in architectural facade industry, Ayca is the senior facade consultant at Arup, Singapore. Her expertise lies in designing various facade systems and is involved in several major projects in Singapore, India, China, Romania, Germany,...
Director, BES Consultants
Rajan has 25 years of international experience within the façade industry, out of which he has served more than 11 years at Arup. With a structural engineering background, he has good overall façade specialist experience. He has gained working experiences...
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...
Regional Director, Axis 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...
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.
Conference Agenda

Performance objectives of façades for tall buildings; dynamic response of the façade to various seismic motions; wind resistance/wind load calculation of a façade for a typical tall building in Mumbai; water permeability; structural form and architectural design consideration for sustainable façade design for tall buildings.

K R Suresh

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