Zak World of Façades India,

15th Jul 2016, ITC Royal Gardenia, Bengaluru

About the Event

Zak World of Façades is the region’s largest conference series on façade design & engineering. Now in it’s 21st edition globally and 15th edition in India, the conference has become a specialized forum in region to discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and showcases the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

21st Edition - Zak World of Façades India, 15th Jul 2016, ITC Royal Gardenia, Bengaluru

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)


Delegate Registration & Networking

Tariq Kachwala, Director, FG Glass Industries

09.30 - 09.35-

Welcome Address

Syed Zakir Ahmed, CMD, Zak Group

09.35 - 09.55-

From rendering to reality - principles of glass selection for facades

  • Solar spectrum vis-a-vis performance and design
  • Sunguard applications
  • Tools and calculators for glass selection
Sourabh Kankar, Regional Manager - Architectural, Modiguard.

09.55 - 10.15-

High Pressure Laminates (HPL) as façade material

  • Benefits, aesthetics & functionality
  • Different applications of HPL as cladding, louver, etc
  • Steps for sustainable usage
Dr. Prashanth Reddy, Managing Director & CEO, FunderMax.

10.15 - 10.35-

A tale of two cities

  • Comparison of two case studies of façade design and implementation in different climatic zones and with disparate architectural intents
  • Building orientation: Highest influence on energy saving
  • Window to wall ratio: One size doesn't fit all
  • Economy: Costliest not necessarily the best
Tapan Mozumdar, Divisional Manager - Project Director, Central Projects Division, ITC

10.35 - 11.00-

Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.00 - 11.20-

Higher is now safer

  • Structural safety & modular railings
  • Case study on aluminium railing for high rises
  • Introducing Easy Glass Protect - Designed for safety in an explosion
Vijay Sawant, Technical Head, Q-Railing India

11.20 - 11.45-

Thinking out of the box - Advanced façade design and technology

  • Evolution of façade at macro level and drawing synergies for the Indian market
  • Panaromic façade systems - Schueco FWS 35 PD
Dr. Winfried Heusler, Senior Vice President - Global Building Excellence, Schu¨co International KG

11.20 - 11.45-

The art of façade: How building envelope enhances the art in architecture

  • Texture
  • Materials and methods
  • Regulatory constraints: Challenges to opportunities
Jae Kim, Vice President, Callison RTKL

12.15 - 13.00-

Upcoming trends in façade design

  • Façade performance objectives of mixed use developments
  • Lifespan considerations and ventilation requirements for sustainable façades
  • Engineered systems - the way forward to responsible façades


Ravindra Kumar, Director - Design, Venkatramanan Associates


Kavitha Selvaraj, Director, CRN Architects Michael Cohen,Vice President - Projects, Embassy Group Abhay Zachariah, Partner, Zachariah Consultants Harmeet Singh, Director, Global Façade Solutions Geetha Pillai, Director, Hadi Teherani Project Consultants India Kamlesh Choudhari, Director, Glass Wall Systems

13.00 - 13.50-

Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.50 - 14.10-

Perimeter barrier fire stop systems for curtain walls

  • Guidance on compliant specification
  • Insight to current testing methodology
  • Clarification on different methods of installation and associated risks
Steve Swales, Chief Commercial Officer, Siderise Group

14.10 - 14.30-

Acoustic PVB interlayer for sound damping glazing

  • Principles of acoustic damping in glass
  • Different acoustic PVB interlayers and their benefits
  • Examples of building application with laminated acoustic glazing and their advantages over regular glazing types
Dr. Bernard Koll, Technical Marketing Manager, Kuraray Europe

14.30 - 14.50-

Choice of façade hardware from the house of a construction hardware expert

  • Customisation: A showcase that made imaginations alive
  • Cast In Channel: The product to catalyse the structural glazing
  • Case study on the tension rod façade structure at Godrej One, Mumbai
Tanuj Sharma, National Head - Commercial, Kinlong Hardware India

14.50 - 15.10-

Innovation to sustainability – a collaborative approach

  • Point fixed glass façade using seamless bonding technology (TSSA)
  • Rivetless solutions to external non glass façade
  • Quality Bond - Building confidence beyond structural glazing
S Ravishankar, Manager - Application Engineering & Tech Services, Dow Corning India

15.10 - 15.50-

Sustainable and efficient façades

  • Façade optimisation for occupant comfort while maintaining design ethos
  • Glass and beyond glass - various permutations and how to avoid overdesigning
  • Safety considerations - a way for sustainable building
  • Double skin façades and shading techniques


Tariq Kachwala, Director, FG Glass


Tom Thomas, Principal, Thomas Associates Hari Prasad Hegde, Senior Vice President & Global Head - Operations, Wipro PV Varghese, Director & CEO, Sobha Developers (Glazing Division) Jatin Shah, JDirector - Developments, Synergy Property Development Services KP Nagaraj, Associate Vice President, Infosys Niraj Borikar, Head Sales, FunderMax India

15.55 - 16.10-

Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.10 - 16.30-

Building envelope - More than an ornamental feature

  • Façade as a protective skin
  • Seamless integration of the façade with the structure
  • Case study of projects in the region
Vikram Desai, Principal/Studio Head, CnT Architects

16.30 - 16.50-

Façade Explorations

  • Design evolution in residential high rise façades
  • Options in high-rise window designs
  • Automation and BMS integration of high rise façade windows
Kapil Chikodi, Head - Business Development, Glass Wall Systems

16.50 - 17.35-

Facade engineering for higher ROI

  • Role of building envelope in conceptualising a new project
  • Timelines and how it affects the final ROI
  • Form and performance - what weighs more in terms of ROI


Praveen Chaubey, Project Manager, Priedemann


Sudhakar Pai, Director, Sudhakar Pai Associates Mahesh Khaitan, Director, Salarpuria Sattva Tejasvi Nagaraju, Associate Director - Design, RMZ Corp Charles Putera, Associate Director, DPA Consultants Pankaj Keswani, Managing Director, Alufit Rajeev Antony, Managing Director, Schu¨co India

17.35 - 17.40-

Vote of Thanks


Networking & End of the Conference

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