12th Edition – Zak World of Façades UAE

The inaugural Zak World of Façades Middle East took place on the 16th March 2015 at The Oberoi in Dubai, UAE. This edition had gathered around 274 attendees comprising some of the region’s leading architects, façade consultants, glass processors, fire & life safety consultants, façade contractors, developers, PMC’s and representatives from the Dubai Civil Defence and Dubai Municipality. The single day event had featured 31 speakers and panelists spread over four engaging sessions.

The opening keynote was delivered by Lars Anders from Priedemann on the “Future of Façade Consultancy / Engineering” which set the tone for the conference for the rest of the day. This was followed by other interesting case studies and technical presentations from some of the top consultants on various diversified subjects. The first half of the day ended with an interactive panel discussion on “Energy Efficient Sustainable Façades”.

The afternoon keynote was delivered by Johann Sischka from Waagner-Biro who spoke on the “Dome of the Iconic Louvre Project in Abu Dhabi”. This was followed by more technical presentations. The session ended on a high note with an interactive and explosive panel discussion on “Fire Safety in Façades” which featured representatives and associates from the Dubai Civil Defence. The main topic of discussion in this panel was on the current Dubai Regulations on Fire Safety and the way forward.

The last session featured few more presentations from some of our partners talking about how their products aid in futuristic façade designs and the conference concluded with a panel discussion on “Façade Engineering for High Performance Buildings”. The first edition of this conference series in the Middle East was very well appreciated for its content, ambience, networking break-out sessions and most importantly spreading the awareness of designing safe façades in the Middle East.

Speakers and Panelists
Member of the Board, Waagner-Biro
Director, Future Architectural Glass
Imran has done his BBM from Singapore and is one of the founding members of Future Architectural Glass. He offers exceptional service & support to architects, consultants and fabricators in ensuring the right product selection when it comes to Glass,...
Managing Partner, AESG
Scott is the co-founder and Managing Partner of AESG, an award winning, Specialist Consultancy, Engineering and Advisory firm headquartered in London and Dubai, working throughout the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Under Scott’s leadership, AESG has grown to be a...
Architectural Marketing Consultant, Kuraray America
Valerie Block is currently a senior marketing specialist for Kuraray America, formerly DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions, located in Wilmington, DE. She leads the global architectural team responsible for large projects. In this role, she works with architects and specifiers, structural...
Managing Director - MEIA, Technoform
Alex Dantziguian is the Managing Director of Technoform Middle East, based in Dubai. TECHNOFORM, is the global leader based in Germany with worldwide know-how on thermal insulation of doors, windows, & façades for over 40 years. With 11 production plants...
Managing Director / CEO, Priedemann Holding
Lars Anders is the CEO of Priedemann Façade Experts and Façade-Lab Research & Development Center, which accomplishes tasks relating to the façade or building envelope. In this role, He manages and leads along with his managing partners, a team providing...
Commercial Director, Gulf Extrusions
Ihab is a renowned veteran in the aluminum and metals industry and system designs and has worked with and for private and investment companies for the past two decades and gained a prominent background and reputation in mega-international projects. He...
Director of Architecture, Perkins + Will
Ben Piper is an Architectural Design Director with 20 years of professional experience in architecture and urban master planning (11 years in the Middle East). He is an experienced team leader with an excellent ability to work across varying disciplines...
Principal Design, AR National Engineering Bureau
Issam has 33 years of design experience in the gulf region and the middle east – UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, KSA and Lebanon. He has experience in designing high-rise buildings/towers. He has a huge number of clients and developers and has...
VP - Building Sciences, Intertek
John brings over 15 years of experience as a building enclosure consulting/commissioning consultant. His expertise includes consulting on residential, commercial and industrial facade assemblies throughout the world, including roofing, claddings, fenestrations and below grade waterproofing. John has been integral in...
Façades Manager, Hyder Consulting
Kieran has 30 years experience as an architect in design development and delivery of a wide range & scale of projects. His project types include: – Multi-storey commercial & residential, – Custodial, – Health, – Light Rail, – Façades His...
Design Director, LWK + Partners
British Architect and Urban Designer with over 25 years experience in the UK, Asia and the Middle East, working on several large scale Retail, Residential and Mixed Use Developments. Kourosh has successfully completed a number of major projects in the...
Vice President, Thomos Bell-Wright Consultants
Sandy Dweik is the Vice President and Chief Consultant at Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants (TBWIC). She has joined TBWIC since 1997 and oversees the Consultancy Team throughout their work as Specialist Cladding Consultants; this includes design guidance on façade systems...
Associates Principal, Perkins Eastman
Tarek is an Associate Principal of Perkins Eastman and the Middle East Regional Manager, leading the firm’s efforts in the MENA region from the Dubai office. His project experience comprises both commercial and institutional work, and he has led the...
Director, RMJM International
Dubai Principal Neil van der Veen has been with RMJM since 2004 and a director since 2011. A strong advocate of sustainability in architecture, Neil is an authority on everything from the design of residential and cultural master plans to...
Head of Façades, WSP
Andy has over 25 years of experience in the field of Building and Construction, ranging from structural testing within the nuclear industry to fire testing. Having established the Dubai Cladding Technology Centre and Laboratory, and operated it for 10 years,...
Managing Director, Priedemann
Micha Pawelka is a Managing Director of the Priedemann group and is based in Dubai. Handling the role of business development for the Middle East projects, he is in charge of all sales and marketing activities, implementation of the business...
Director, Koltay Façades
Agnes Koltay has a Masters degree in Architecture (Hungary, USA) and in Façade Engineering (UK) and worked with award winning architects and multidisciplinary engineering companies before founding Koltay Façades, a boutique façade engineering consultancy firm, in 2011. She is the...
Head of Façades, Ramboll Middle East
Benjamin has been working as a façade professional for more than 17 years with projects around the world and long-term positions in London, New York, Dubai and Stuttgart. After building up and heading the Dubai office of Werner Sobek in...
CEO, Butler Engineering
Sajid Raza is the CEO at BUTLER ENGINEERING (ME) responsible for the overall management and operational steering of the company in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Under his leadership, Butler Fire Consulting provides a wide range of fire engineering...
Conference Agenda
  • Trends today
  • Resulting demands tomorrow
  • The façade specialist in 2020
  • All buildings exist within a larger environment: how far should context influence the built environment
  • A brief look at some key design informants which influence the built environment
  • What is commissioning?
  • Importance of air leakages
  • Overview of the key steps within the commissioning phases
  • New Dubai regulations on increased wind load - innovative approaches to reduce commercial impacts on high-rises
  • Advanced technologies for the modelling of 3D curved façade and roof geometries
  • The importance of quality control inspections during the façade installation phase - examples
  • Physical properties, including high temperature performance, of ionoplast interlayers
  • Use of ionoplast interlayers in façades, skylights, canopies, and glass railings - examples
  • Post-breakage safety of ionoplast laminates in minimally-supported systems
  • Exploring ways in which geometry has a role to play in reducing internal solar gains
  • Exploring the solutions that allow for free form geometry of louvred structures
  • Understanding issues of constructability and maintenance in the façade
  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet Estidama & DGBR regulations
  • Designing aesthetically pleasing insulated façades for high temperature and weatherability
  • Analysing the thermal efficiency of a curtain wall
  • Incorporating effective daylighting and controlling glare

Alex Dantziguian

  • Practical tips for façade related coordination during design stage
  • Reducing problems and unexpected cost during construction
  • Design, engineering and challenges on the Louvre project
  • Case studies on Yas Marina and Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi
  • Overview of fire rated glass
  • Integration of fire rated glass in a system
  • Correct specification of fire rated glass
  • Glass buildings seen as a fire hazard – myth or reality?
  • Understanding the role of cladding materials in designing fireproof façades
  • Incorporating smoke ventilation mechanisms and perimeter protection
  • Fire rating of façade materials and the need for fire testing

Lars Anders

  • Focusing on the job – client groups, expertise range, service availability
  • Avoiding information loss – workflow from concept to machine
  • Innovation realized – case studies and client value
  • Experiencing sustainable technology – service strategy for façade consultancy industry
  • Stress patterns & features of point fixed glazed structures
  • Precautions in the design & construction of point fixed glazing
  • Ventilated façade systems (New vent systems from Technomarket – SLIDER, BOX & TACK)
  • Fire rated composite panel system & power of A2 fire rating
  • Structural form and architectural design considerations for tall structures?
  • Integrating sliding windows in a unitised curtain wall system
  • Role of surface finish in high performance buildings
  • Surface finish considerations to sustain extreme weather conditions

Ihab Mouallem

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