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 23,000+ delegates across its 69 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 showcase the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and will also showcase latest technological solutions.

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

Bespoke Façades – Purpose, Texture and Craftsmanship

  • Aishti Foundation, Beirut: Integrated façades - A response to environment & typology
  • Hackney Morning Lane Arches, London: Animated façades - A response to innovation and community
  • 130 William, New York: Crafted façades - A response to place and identity
Lucy Tilley, Associate Principal, Adjaye Associates

10.30 - 10.50


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.50 - 11.15

Façades That Make People Happy on the Inside

  • How building façades control our interface with the good and the bad in the external environment, as well as having their own impact on the environment and the globe
  • Many aspects of the space we occupy will influence our comfort, contentment and overall well-being – so when developing façades of the future what should they be doing?
  • Can our building envelopes impact productivity, wellness, human happiness and move us closer to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?
Russell Cole, Director & Leader Façades UK, Arup

11.15 - 11.35

Facing Sustainability Challenges: Secret Powers of the Façade

  • Good for people: Comfort & well-being
  • Good for the planet: Energy efficiency, reduced carbon footprint & circularity
  • Innovation & collaboration
Pascal Eveillard, Sustainability Director, Saint-Gobain

11.35 - 11.55

Working Linear to Deliver Circularity

  • Performative building envelopes with smart modules, less energy and pioneering production
  • Case study on the Hanwha Headquarters remodelling
Astrid Piber, Partner, UNStudio

11.55 - 12.05

The Pathway to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings (NZCB)

  • The here and now
  • Envelope 1st strategy
Nick Jenkins, Business Development Manager, Kingspan Façades

12.05 - 12.50

UN Sustainable Development Goals as Building Blocks for a Better Architectural Future

  • Taking cue from UN17 goals for sustainable façade design and construction
  • Designing smart façades for responsible energy consumption, production and recycling
  • How buildings envelopes can help create resilience to environmental issues?
  • Making greener buildings for better well-being and healthier environments inside and outside


Dr. Craig Robertson, Head of Sustainability, AHMM


Hero Bennett, Partner, Max Fordham Mark Grace, Head of the Building Performance Group, WSP Neil Pennell, Head of Design Innovation & Product Solutions, Landsec Gareth Mason, Divisional Director, Stride Treglown Simon Wyatt, Partner – Sustainability, Cundall Giles Martin, Director, WilkinsonEyre

12.50 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

Track A

Session Chair

Benoit Domercq, General Manager - EME, Halio International

13.40 - 14.00

Use of Faience a.k.a Glazed Ceramic in Architectural Projects

  • Historical references and the use of material particular to specific context and place
  • Glazed ceramic in the practice’s residential, education and workplace buildings
  • Case studies with focus on designs development and approach to façades
Alex Whitbread, Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

14.00 - 14.20

Natural Stone - The Obstacle Course and Delivering Challenging Projects

  • Choosing stone - Technical and visual considerations
  • Selected fixing methods and examples of what goes wrong
  • Examples of iconic projects
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

Panel Discussion: Should We Design for Glass Procurement?

  • How does glass procurement influence capacity of delivering innovation?
  • Strategies needed to improve the prospects of innovation
  • Procuring glass under the different performance specification
  • Future trends of glass procurement as an essential process


Simone Starnini, Head of Façade Engineering, Sir Robert McAlpine


Leigh Easden, Associate Director, Thornton Tomasetti Anna Rozek, Technical Manager - Envelope, Bouygues UK Neville Grunwald, Head of Façades, Wates Construction Mark Foster, Director, Allies & Morrison

Track B

Session Chair

Anna Wendt, Director - Façade Engineering, BuroHappold

13.40 - 14.00

Fit for Purpose? Balconies in Modern Façades

  • The guidance void
  • Risks and opportunities in balcony design
  • Trajectory of the new British Standard
Mark Taylor, Director, Allies & Morrison

14.00 - 14.20

The Beauty of Construction - Delivering Fabrication Details to Meet the Design Intent and Sustainable Targets

  • Different level of detail for different phases
  • The procurement routes that benefit the design team
  • Producing a package able to prevent failures on site
Silvia Prandelli, Façade Technical Director, Maffeis Engineering

14.20 - 14.40

Fire and Façade: An Update

  • Industry Bodies Collaborative Approach
  • Impact of Amended Regulations
  • Industry response and future works
Saverio Pasetto, Head of Façades, Skanska David Metcalfe, Director, Centre for Window and Cladding Technology

14.40 - 15.00

Experimental and Numerical Analysis of Grenfell Façade Fire Propagation

  • Grenfell disaster analysis
  • Modelling Grenfell fire then testing some hypotheses of changes in façade materials
  • Assessment of interactions between façade and apartments during the fire
Eric Guillaume, General Manager, Efectis France

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

Façade Fire Safety 2.0: What Next in Creating Fire Compliant Façades?

  • Two years since Grenfell, why is the clarity on regulations still elusive?
  • Impact of building codes on current and upcoming projects
  • Hackett Review Fallout: How will this impact the cladding industry in the near future?
  • Way forward and industry suggestions on future of cladding


Simon Lay​, Director, OFR Consultants


Adam Jenkins, Head of Construction Design, Ballymore Neal Butterworth, Director, Design Fire Consultants Tudor Pop, Director & Head of Façade Consultancy, CBRE Neil Dobbs, Head of Façades, Multiplex

Track C

Session Chair

Scott Coombes, Managing Partner, AESG

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

Adaptive Envelope Acoustics

  • Advanced mathematical modelling is used to visualize and enhance the acoustic design of vented, solar controlled, low carbon envelopes
  • Automated, time adaptive façades adjusting both their acoustics and solar performance offering improved user comfort
  • Case study of continental and UK vented façades overcoming the clashes between acoustics and natural/low carbon buildings
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

Panel Discussion: Overheating in Homes: Meeting the London Plan targets

  • Chalking out design methodology for the assessment of overheating risk in buildings
  • How can façade help in meeting overheating standards in the building
  • Orientation challenges of maximising daylight while minimising overheating through façades
  • Creating ventilated commercial spaces while reigning in the overheating challenges


Tom Spurrier, Associate Director, Hoare Lea


Ben Abel, Head of Research & Development, Hilson Moran Marion Baeli, Partner, PDP London Susie Diamond, Founding Partner, Inkling Clare Murray, Head of Sustainability, Levitt Bernstein

15.50 - 16.20

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.20 - 16.40

Productivity and Service Excellence in Façades

  • Productivity measurement and data
  • Planning and programme controls
  • Service excellence - Defect or outstanding work after PC
Phil Sedge, Head of Façades, Mace

16.40 - 17.00

Freeform Grid Shell Design for Façades & Roofs

  • The general solution for panel geometry in grid shell design
  • Panel materials - Size and scale
  • Automation of production - From model to fabrication
Brian Linton, Engineering Manager, Novum Structures UK

17.00 - 17.07

PechaKucha 20x20 : Façade Design: Airtightness Simplified

  • Approach to façade design that offers a safer and simplified system
  • Energy efficiency improvements from airtightness modelling can improve the built up wall design
  • Unique market leading technology that is being welcomed into the façade industry and by warranty providers
Adam Taylor, Business Development Manager - Building Envelope, Proctor Group

17.07 - 17.52

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


Neesha Gopal, Façade Director, Meinhardt UK Robert Simcock, Regional Façade Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine Ian Farmer, Head of Design (Construction), HB Reavis John Drew, Managing Principal, Perkins+Wills Neil Brearley, Founding Director, Cast Consultancy Laura Kidd, Head of Architecture, HS2

17.45 - 17.50

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

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