21st Feb 2019, Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on the subject of façade design & engineering. The conference now takes place in Asia (Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Hong Kong), Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), Africa (Kenya, Morocco and South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom and France), Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) and the United States of America.

Now in it’s 56th edition globally and the 1st edition in New Zealand, the conference will discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will showcase the latest technological solutions.

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Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

56th Edition - Zak World of Façades New Zealand, 21st Feb 2019, Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

John Perry, Associate Principal, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address


08.55 - 09.25

Cooking Façades: One hot mess

  • Keeping calm in the kitchen
  • How many chefs do you need to cook a façade?
  • Improving your palate
  • Warning - Don’t go crazy at the buffet
Karl Jones, Technical Excellence Director, Mott MacDonald

09.25 - 09.50

The façade as communicator

  • The relationship to culture
  • The connection to context
  • The moderation of climate
Patrick Clifford, Director, Architectus

09.50 - 10.10

Natural ventilation & solar shading for high-rise buildings

  • Need for ventilation in high-rise buildings
  • Need for external shading in high-rise buildings
  • Solutions for the same
Frank Goudman, Export Manager - Asia Pacific, Renson

10.10 - 10.30

Redefining the limits of bespoke façade design

  • The need for design guidance and standards relevant to bespoke and dynamic façades
  • Testing and verification for safety and security
  • Façade R&D projects – Finding opportunity in the inconvenient laws of physics
Greg Simmons, Founder & CEO, Insol

10.30 - 10.50

Glass solutions contributing to building’s energy efficiency & sustainability

  • Sustainable façade solutions with glass
  • Testing and verification for safety and security
  • New glass technologies for façades of tomorrow
Jean-Luc Palisson, Project Manager Overseas Countries, AGC Glass Europe

10.50 - 11.10


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.10 - 11.30

Façade testing

  • Use of previously tested systems test reports
  • Laboratory testing
  • Onsite testing
Susanne Hundert, Associate - Built Environment, Aurecon

11.30 - 11.50

Commercial Bay - High performance façade solution

  • Compliance with Mott MacDonald international best practice façade specification
  • Factory prefabricated modular unitized curtain wall solution
  • Material handling/installation on-site to meet construction cycle programmes for closing in of structures
David Hayes, CEO, Thermosash Group

11.50 - 12.15

Façade Design in a Bi-Cultural Practice – Telling a Story Architecturally

  • The Jasmax perspective on the state of the New Zealand Façade industry
  • Our commitment to authentically engage with Tanga Te Whenua to inspire and enrich our building designs and what that means for façade design
  • APL’s new Hautapu campus & glass factory
Nick Moyes, Principal, Jasmax

12.15 - 13.00

PANEL DISCUSSION: Energy codes, ratings & guidelines for façades

  • Sustainable façades for the region: Attaining energy performance requirements through building envelopes
  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet local Green Building regulations
  • NZBC updates for building energy efficiency measures: Optimal efficiency rate for residential vis-à-vis commercial buildings
  • Rating standards and stakeholder coordination for façades: Will energy efficient be economically efficient?
  • Thermal performance in curtain wall & fenestration (OTTV)
  • Passive house in New Zealand? The way forward


Kent Nixon, Business Development Manager, Thermosash Group


Bradley Luke, Director, Peddle Thorp Architects Lincoln Fraser, Director, Newcrest Colin Russell, Principal, Athfield Architect Ruth Williams, Building Performance Lead NZ, Aecom Anna Crowther, Regional Manager – New Zealand, Inhabit

13.00 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Art + Identity: Public art integration on the New Zealand International Convention Centre

  • Collaboration: How architecture and art meet to create a new expression
  • NZ Identity: The artworks and their role in storytelling and city making
  • Scale and texture: How to manage mass and create human scale experiences
Richard Archbold, Principal, Warren and Mahoney

14.00 - 14.20

Seismic capability of curtain walls

  • Testing of curtain walls for seismic capability, mainly inter-storey drift, has been carried out for many curtain walls over the last 20 years
  • Curtain wall engineers generally do not have the information to analyse a building structure to determine realistic seismic movement dimensions. They have to rely on the structural engineer who usually only quotes code values
  • EQ-Assess which is the defacto standard in New Zealand for building's seismic assessment does not adequately address seismic capability of façades in general and curtainwalls in particular
Peter Lalas, Principal Engineer, Janus Façades

14.20 - 14.40

Benefits of powder coatings in façade design

  • Performance standards and specification of powder coatings
  • Benefits of powder coatings
  • Recent innovations & track record in powder coatings
Tim VanDeVen, Marketing Manager - Interpon Powder Coatings , Akzonobel

14.40 - 15.00

Silicone technologies for the high performance buildings

  • Changing face of world cities enabled by silicone
  • Advances in non-glass panel bonding
  • New solutions and technologies
Gwen Tan, Regional Marketing Manager for High Performance Building, Dow Chemical

15.00 - 15.20

More than skin-deep

  • Façades have a long life yet their design is still driven largely by appearance which is determined at an early stage of design with undesirable life-cycle costs and environmental impacts may therefore be locked-in if the environmental performance is not optimised
  • How do we move from this ‘skin-deep’ approach to a deeper level of façade design and how can we use technology in the development of higher façade environmental performance?
  • What passive and active strategies can we explore for improving façade environmental performance and what could the future look like?
Dave Fullbrook, Director, eCubed

15.20 - 15.40

Spec the edge - Thermally broken façades

  • Impact of thermal breaks & warm edge spacer on U-value, thermal comfort and condensation resistance
  • Window thermal performance is only as good as the durability of the system
  • Why U-value matters in both winter and summer
Dr. Helen Sanders, Strategic Business Development, Technoform USA

15.40 - 16.00

Networking Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

Fire performance requirements for façades: What are the specific issues?

  • The paradigm shift from traditional approaches to future expectations
  • Why fires on the outside of buildings are a big concern
  • The challenges with façade fire testing: dealing with the detail
Martin Feeney, Principal, Holmes Fire

16.20 - 16.40

What testing and R&D teaches us about holistic design

  • The symbiosis between QA and risk management and holistic design
  • Water-tightness and wind-loading with AS/NZS 4284
  • Fire-performance with AS 5113/BS 8414 and AS 1530.4
Darren Webster, Operations Manager, Pacific Build Supply

16.40 - 17.00

Presenting Neolith® for Ventilated Façades

  • Introducing Neolith
  • Customized sizes, colours and application for façades and their systems
  • Neolith® + Pureti® for façades
  • Case study in NZ: Armagh St & Merivall Mall
Jeff Oliver, National Stone Sales Manager, CDK Stone

17.00 - 17.45

PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding Façade Process Management - FPM

  • Façade deliveries, understanding and mitigating risk
  • The need for FPM
  • Implementation - Players involved and their roles
  • Possible pitfalls and their avoidance
  • Effect on the bottom line


John Perry, Associate Principal, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp


Rob Woodger, Principal Specialist Building Surveyor - Building Control, Auckland Council Geoff Horne, Director, Precon Gary Walker, Executive General Manager, Hawkins Simon Hoyle, Sales Manager, Insol Paul Raven, Principal, Stephenson & Turner

17.45 - 17.50

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

17.50 - 19.00

Networking Reception (By Invite Only)

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