9th Edition – Zak World of Façades India

The Shahjahan Ball Room at Hotel Taj Palace came alive when emerging frontiers and technological innovations were discussed amongst a 450 strong gathering in a dynamic professional environment at the 9th Zak World of Facades, New Delhi.

Cutting edge façades require all the stakeholders to strike the right balance between a host of parameters that pull the design in different directions – including structural, aesthetic, thermal, technological, acoustics, security and more. Delhi has always been the most demanding of the lot when it comes to price and performance. To address the gripping issues, the industry stalwarts got together and discussed the quality assurance guidelines and explored various design materials that enticed the imagination of architects and users alike.

The day began with the beautiful rendering of our National Anthem, in tune with the general mood of the approaching Independence Day. Mr. Syed Zakir Ahmed, Chairman, Zak Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd., set the tone of the day with his welcome address followed by the 1st key note presentation by Mr.TanmayTathagat, Director, EDS Globalon ‘Energy codes for high performance façades’. Mr. Charanjit Singh, Managing Director of GSC Glass then enlightened the audience on ‘Safe Railing Solutions’ through a highly technical yet simple to grasp presentation. Some key facts about ‘High rise complex geometrical façades integrated with BMU’ were put together by Mr. Mahesh Arumugam, Director of Meinhardt Façade Technology.

After a light high tea, the audience readily gathered again to hear Dr. Prashanth Reddy, MD & CEO of FunderMax on ‘Façades with a difference: design and functionality’ followed by a detailed account of ‘High performance laminated glass with SentryGlas® Interlayer’ by Mr. Malvinder Singh, GLS Consultant (Asia-Pacific), Kuraray India. The vast potential of alternative façade materials was deliberated by Mr. SasibhusanRaoItham, Head of Façades, when he explained the ‘Ceramic ventilated façade system’. The pre-lunch session got brighter with the panel discussion on ‘Façade guidelines: Inception, design checks and standards to be adopted during designing of façades’. Moderated by Mr. KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades, the distinguished panelists were Mr. SohrabDalal, Managing Director, Design Plus, Mr. JJS Bhalla, Vice President, ASF Infrastructure, Mr. Anil Pahwa, COO/Country Manager, Arabtec India, Mr. AvinashGehlot, Vice President, Glass Wall Systems and Mr. AnuragAgarwal, Regional Head, FunderMax.

After a sumptuous lunch, a gripping ‘Q&A round with the Industry Experts’ enthralled the audience. Moderated by Mr. Nitin Kumar, CEO and Director, Fairwood, the panelists Mr. Deepak Gupta, Director, Dema Consulting, Mr. VivekanandKundle, Associate Vice President, Kalpataru, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, Director, Design Forum of Architects, Mr. ArjunShamlal, Partner, Consolidated Engineering Company and Mr. SasibhusanRaoItham, addressed some of the key issues related to safety, quality assurance, cladding materials, windows and more. The panel discussion was followed by an interesting account on ‘The hits and misses in a lifecycle of a façade project’ by Mr. Nitin Bhatia, Managing Director, FACET. ‘Complications that a façade project faces’ were explained by Mr. Praveen Chaubey, Project Manager, Priedemann. The importance and purpose of ‘Fire rated cladding solutions for façades” was brought to the table by Mr. PV Somasundaram, Vice President – Sales Operations, 3A Composites after which the audience broke for tea.

Refreshed and charged up, the audience again were ready for the final session that started with an eclectic presentation on “Façades for healthcare” by very talented SiddharthPuri, who is the Senior Architect at HKS followed by a short update by the Indian Façade & Fenestration Association on its activities. The show ended with a panel discussion on ‘Quality Assurance: Enforcing quality standards for façade and fenestration industry in India’. Moderated by Selvam R, CEO, Geotrix Building Envelope, the panelists – AnojTevatia, Director, Design Forum International, Deepak Gahlot, Director, Xebec Design, Kalyan Kanji, SVP – Projects, Lotus Greens, Vijay Dahiya, Partner, Team3, Nitin Bhatia, Rajesh Kejriwal, Vice President Projects at Glass Wall Systems and Shailendra Kumar Gupta, Associate Director, Ernst & Young, went through a conclusive discussion on the need of quality guidelines and labeling to ensure high standard façades for India.

There was an exclusive exhibition area at the Mumtaz Hall, just outside the conference area, which showcased 14 exclusive engineering components for façades, which included aluminium composite panels from Alucobond, hardware from Kinlong&Lavaal, sealants from McCoy Soudal and high performance glass from Modiguard. Terracotta cladding from Terreal, Ventilated ceramic façade systems from Faveton and High pressure laminates from FunderMax shone bright as the architects and users sought for the high-end façade alternatives. Glass Wall Systems displayed their solutions for façade engineering, while Ozone was present with their wide range of glass hardware solutions and Sisa Engineering showcased their solutions for BMU & façade maintenance.

This edition of Zak World of Façades will be a significant day to remember as many key deliberations on critical subjects that have never been examined before in public were confidently addressed by one

Speakers and Panelists
Principal Architect, A Sharma Associates
Head of façades, Ceramic ventilated façade system
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....
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...
Partner, Consolidated Engineering Company
Arjun is a partner in CEC which was established in 1964, Consolidated Engineering Company (CEC) has grown from a small scale manufacturer of aluminium hardware to one of the largest players in Façade Systems in India. It had been slow...
Director, DFI
Anoj is a graduate in architecture from IIT Kharagpur and is a fellow member of Indian Institute of architects and Council of Architecture (India). He has a vast experience of 18 years in real estate. He has worked on various...
Director, Xebec Design
Deepak is an architect with 25 years of diverse experience in project management, facility management, sustainability, lighting, energy efficiency, historical conservation, standards writing and building bye-laws drafting, advocacy, training, research and writing. He is currently leading and guiding Xebec and...
Vice President, Jaypee Group
Aparesh has been with the Jaypee Group for 15 years now and has brilliant command over construction, façade technology, interior work and use of latest products.
Director, Design Forum of Architects
Rajiv is a 1990 batch B. Arch from SPA, Delhi. He has completed numerous landmark commercial and residential buildings for a vast multitude of clients ranging from small homes to large commercial and residential complexes in the country. Rajiv has...
Director, Dema Consulting
He is the Director at Dema Consulting which provides services for aluminum works of buildings and was established in 1996.
Managing Director, FACET Façade Engineering
Nitin has trained as an architect and has worked across disciplines including design, management, R&D and forensics and is currently working on several projects in India and overseas including super tall buildings such as the 117 floor World One Tower...
Senior Architect, HKS
Siddharth is the Co-Founder and Director of Architecture at W-ARD FOUR. He has a degree in Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and a Masters in Architecture at SAID, University of Cincinnati. He brings with him...
Managing Director, Design Plus
Sohrab is the Managing Director of Design plus which is an integrated design consultancy firm having decades of experience in campus, building & interior design. DPA has varied global experience.
Principal, Design Associates
Sumere started Design Associates in 1998 with two other partners. It was a gradual journey for them starting from humble beginnings to eventually having a backing of projects worth more than 3000 Cr now.
Director, EDS Globalon
TanmayTathagat is the Executive Director of the Environmental Design Solutions [EDS], a multidisciplinary consulting firm focused on addressing the issues of sustainable development in the built environment. Tanmay uses his diverse experience to lead the process of integrated design and...
Partner, Team3
Vijay Dahiya is a Partner at Team3 and has over 15 years of experience. Vijay has worked on diverse range of projects including large mixed-use projects, master planning, residential, commercial, hospitality and interior architecture. He doesn’t believe in working in...
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.
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...
International Director | Head of Interdisciplinary Design & Innovation, Drees & Sommer
With a background in Mathematics (Bacc-II), Architecture (BSc), Computation (MSc), Engineering (MSc) and Design Communication (ongoing PhD), Abdulmajid Karanouh has developed over the years from a passionate specialist in complex geometry into an inter-disciplinary design lead in high-tech architecture. From...
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 - 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...
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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