Zak World of Façades India,

22nd Nov 2014, The Grand Oberoi, Kolkata

About the Event

The developing technology of high-performance facades has emerged as the key to building systems integration, central to the realization of a sustainable built environment. The face of infrastructure in Kolkata is changing gradually but resiliently with some of the most striking buildings being built. Besides, the development of new planned townships of Salt Lake city and Rajarhat has drawn the focus on environmentally friendly buildings and structures that blend in with the landscape is increasing with an all-inclusive emphasis on cutting edge façades that are structurally, aesthetically, thermally, technologically, acoustically efficient and secure.

After a phenomenal success of the previous edition of Zak World of Façades conference in Kolkata where the industry came together to examine the discrepancies in the awarding of façade contracts, the conference returns to the city with a renewed vigour carried forward from the super-successful events in the other parts of the country.

Acclaimed as south Asia’s largest façade conference on façade design and engineering, Zak World of Façades not only provides you with the educational experiences that enable you to push your professional practice into emerging frontiers, but also facilitates the networking opportunities that provide you with connections you need to excel in today’s dynamic professional environment.

Be a part of this ground breaking convergence of experts from across the construction industry to share and discuss the latest methods and technologies that are revolutionizing the building envelopes. Take advantage of exclusive business opportunities, including a dedicated display area exhibiting new perspectives on building skins and material technologies for the efficient façades.

Organised by Zak, this will be a part of the build-up to the mega exhibitions on Glass, Windows & Façade and Aluminium Extrusions to be held in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from the 5-7 December 2014.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

11th Edition - Zak World of Façades India, 22nd Nov 2014, The Grand Oberoi, Kolkata

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

09.00 - 09.30-

Delegate Registration

09.30 - 09.40-

Welcome Address

Syed Zakir Ahmed, CMD, Zak Trade Fairs & Exhibitions

09.40 - 10.10-

Sensitive facades: layered and active

Sandip Agarwal, Director, Practice Design

10.10 - 10.40-

Designing a untised curtain wall system integrated with windows

Rahul Miskeen, VP - Design, Glass Wall Systems

10.40 - 11.00-

Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.00 - 11.20-

Modern age materials for façades

Abin Chaudhury, Director, Abin Design Studio

11.20 - 11.40-

FunderMax façades: bold & beautiful

Dr Prashanth Reddy, MD & CEO, FunderMax

11.40 - 12.00-

High rise twisted complex geometry façades

Mahesh Arumugam, Regional Director, Meinhardt Façade

12.00 - 13.00-

PANEL DISCUSSION: Trends in building envelope - Glass and beyond glass; shading techniques for glazed façades; façade design for hotels and residences; alternate cladding materials, choosing the right materials for envelope.


Sharanjit Singh, Chairman, GSC Group


Abin Chaudhury, Director, Abin Design Studio Vidyut Saraf, Director, Forum Projects* Rajan Govind, Director, Building Envelope Specialists Jawahar HH,Director, Glass Wall Systems Niraj Borikar, Head - Sales, FunderMax Kumar Chaudhuri, Manager - Projects, ITC Hotels

13.00 - 14.00-

Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

14.00 - 15.00-

Conceiving a healthy façade project: Getting the façade concept correct from the project inception stage; importance of involving the façade consultant & contractor during planning stage; improving the façade deliverables; product quality assurance audit and establishing onus; façade testing - mandatory or voluntary ?


Amit Malhotra, Managing Director, McCoy Soudal


Sudip Choudhury, Regional Director - East, Edifice Siddharta Bhatter, Director - Projects, Merlin Group* Mahesh Arumugam, Regional Director, Meinhardt Façade Sanjay Agarwal, SVP - Projects, Amri Hospitals Sonesh Gulati, Director, Nitson Amitsu

15.00 - 15.20-

Implementation challenges in façade construction

Rajan Govind, Director, Building Envelope Specialists

15.20 - 15.40-

Fire retardant ACP - facts & evaluation parameters

PV Somasundaram, VP - Operations, 3A Composites

15.40 - 16.00-

Simple analysis about design & construction of point fixed glazing

Allen Chen, Managing Director, Kinlong Hardware India

16.00 - 16.20-

Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.20 - 16.40-

Safe railing solutions

CJ Singh, Managing Director, GSC Group

16.40 - 17.00-

Façade testing - the importance & types of testing

Jothi Ramalingam, Director, Winwall Technologies India

17.00 - 18.00-

PANEL DISCUSSION: Fire safety in façades: Glass buildings seen as fire hazard - myth or reality; breaking the preconceived notions about glass façades; cladding - right choice of material; role of spandrel panels and firestops/smoke seals/window ventilation/insulation in developing fire safe facades; fire rated material or fire retardant material; fire rating of façade material


Selvam R, CEO & Director, Geotrix Building Envelope


JP Agrawal, Principal Architect, Agrawal & Agrawal Associates Dhruba Bhattacharya, Regional Manager (East), Masters PMC* Kamlesh Choudhari, Director, Glass Wall Systems Praveen Chaubey, Project Manager, Priedemann
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