2nd Oct 2019, Hilton on Park Lane, London

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on façade design & engineering having attracted over 20,766 delegates across its 61 completed editions. The conference is currently being organised in 25 countries in the Middle East (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait & Saudi Arabia), South Asia (India & Sri Lanka), South East Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam & Indonesia), East Asia (South Korea & Greater China), Africa (Kenya, Egypt, Morocco & South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany & Sweden), Australasia (Australia & New Zealand) and the United States of America.

This is the 70th edition globally and the 4th edition in UK. It will witness the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and will also showcase latest technological solutions.

For registration visit www.facades.london

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

70th Edition - Zak World of Façades United Kingdom, 2nd Oct 2019, Hilton on Park Lane, London

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration & Networking

Event Convenor

Stephen Tanno, Director - Pre Construction, Schüco International

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address


08.55 - 09.20

From Viability to Commercial Reality - A Collective Responsibility

  • From small acorns…
  • The commercial rules
  • Collaborative design development
Steve Mudie, Partner, Alinea Consulting

09.20 - 09.45

22 Bishopsgate: Technology and Well-being in the Future Workplace

  • Developer vision: With the occupier in mind
  • Architectural vision: Communicating and expressing glass façades
  • Team collaboration: Architect, developer, cost manager, façade engineering, manufacturer
  • Make it happen: Processes
Karen Cook, Founding Partner, PLP Architecture

09.45 - 10.05

Evolving Façades

  • Evolution in design
  • Digitalisation and façades
  • Smart skins
Oliver Hans, Senior Innovation Manager, Schüco International

10.05 - 10.30


10.30 - 10.50


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.50 - 11.15


Russell Cole, Director & Leader Façades UK, Arup

11.15 - 11.35

Facing Sustainability Challenges: Secret Powers of the Façade

  • How carbon footprint reduction & recycling go hand in hand when talking about glazing
  • Energy efficiency, healthy design, aesthetics and more: How your façade design can put the user and the planet at the center without any tradeoff
  • Collaboration is key to success in addressing our collective sustainable challenges: Discover how glazing can support the trendsetters in their innovation goals
Hélène Lohr, Sustainable Development Director, Saint-Gobain Glass

11.35 - 12.05


Thomas Henriksen, Technical Director, Kingspan Façades Astrid Piber, Partner, UNStudio

12.05 - 12.50


12.50 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

Track A

13.40 - 14.00


14.00 - 14.20


Darren Anderson, Director - Materials, FMDC

14.20 - 14.40

Moisture in Insulated Glazing

  • Managing and monitoring humidity in glazed cavities
  • Benefits of manged systems
  • Research and development challenges
Graham Dodd, Director, Arup

14.40 - 15.00

Innovative Transparent Silicone Solutions for Architectural Glass Applications

  • Crystal clear silicone flexible spacers for insulating glass
  • Room temperature lamination for decorative glazing
  • 3D printable clear silicones
Valérie Hayez, Global Façade Engineering & Architectural Design Engineer - High Performance Building, Dow

15.00 - 15.20

You’re Not Stuck in a Box – Curving Glass Façades

  • Creating new non-square façades like the Amazon Spheres in the US and The Jewel in Singapore
  • Examining the unique shapes of the Sandcrawler in Singapore and KEB Hana Bank in Korea, which are achieved with bent low-e glass
  • How innovative glass products help to achieve out-of-the-box designs while meeting energy requirements for projects around the globe
Annissa Flickinger, International Architectural Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass

15.20 - 15.50


Track B

13.40 - 14.00


14.00 - 14.20


14.20 - 14.40


14.40 - 15.00


15.00 - 15.20

Fire Safety in Façades – A2 Class Fire Rated Weatherproofing Membranes

  • Where does technology stands today when it comes to combining façade weatherproofing and fire protection?
  • Consulting - The key element for modern façade industry
  • Partnership - The art of business relationship
Pedro Carvalho, Strategy & Business Development Director, Effisus

15.20 - 15.50


Track C

13.40 - 14.00

Prefabricated Infrastructure Façades

  • Design for manufacturing and assembly for façades
  • Constructing façades in constrained sites
  • Achieving efficiencies in GRFC design
Harbinder Birdi​, Partner, HawkinsBrown

14.00 - 14.20


Ze Nunes, Managing Director, MACH Acoustics

14.20 - 14.40

What Does Good Noise Sound Like?

  • How noise levels within our urban areas is increasing and evidence has proven this is having a mental and physical effect on our health
  • A sizeable proportion of the UK population is currently exposed to noise levels above the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations
  • The qualities of acoustic glazing, its benefit and contribution to noise control
Allan Gibson, Market Manager UK & Ireland, Kuraray - Trosifol® World of Interlayers

14.40 - 15.00

Smart Façades for Smart Buildings - A Case Study

  • Highly energy efficient
  • Connected for occupant comfort
  • Maximizing building value
Olivier Gareil, Director - Europe & Middle East, SageGlass

15.00 - 15.20

Smart Façades: Intelligent Automation for High Performance Buildings

  • Using novel technology for low carbon designs in new and existing buildings
  • Automating windows and blinds to improve building comfort, workings environments and reduce energy consumption
  • Cases from the UK and US with smart façades and intelligent window automation
Jannick Roth, Head of Building Performance Engineering, WindowMaster International

15.20 - 15.50


15.50 - 16.20

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.20 - 16.40


Phil Sedge, Head of Façades, Mace

16.40 - 17.00

Presentation by Novum Structures

Brian Linton, Engineering Manager, Novum Structures

17.00 - 17.45

PANEL DISCUSSION: Price & Quality Balance Equation

  • Integrating the right assessment models for getting the most value out of façades
  • Collaboration between stakeholders to get the best outcome
  • “Engineering Innovation” - Bringing the latest thinking into projects
  • Value adding thought smart specification


Stephen Tanno, Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco International



17.45 - 17.50

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

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