28th Nov 2018, City of Dreams, Manila

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 53rd edition globally and the 1st edition in Philippines, 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.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

53rd Edition - Zak World of Façades Philippines, 28th Nov 2018, City of Dreams, Manila

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address


08.55 - 09.25

Curtain wall from design to completion

  • Trends in curtain wall design
  • How to design
  • Delivery
Nina Yiu, Director - Building Envelope & Materials, Arup

09.25 - 09.50

Beyond the Pretty Face and Protective Skin: Building Façades as Public Service

  • With building façades often exceeding the total land surface area of our urban centers, it's time we think of the health, comfort, and welfare of the people and environments both inside and outside our buildings' skins
Jojo Tolentino, President, AIDEA

09.50 - 10.10

High performance, lightweight, long span building envelopes with ETFE

  • An introduction to projects, details, technology & advantages for ETFE façades & roofs
  • Fire, thermal, light and wind load performance with ETFE
  • Case study on the ETFE solution for Mactan Cebu International Airport
Matthew Penrose, Vice President, Vector Foiltec

10.10 - 10.30

Innovation in architectural metal coating systems

  • Understanding coil and extrusion coatings and end uses
  • Sustainable coating options for architects
  • Innovation in color and aesthetics
Jay Register, Senior Group Leader, Sherwin-Williams Coatings

10.30 - 10.50


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.50 - 11.10

Challenges in façade design & construction administration under the new Philippine green building code

  • Goals of the Philippine green building code for the façade discipline
  • Challenges faced by the façade industry pertaining to this new code
  • Opportunities for advancing façade sustainability in the local building sector
Edwin Agustin, Vice President - Construction Administration, ALT Cladding

11.10 - 11.30

A skin or a resilient wall

  • Connection strategies to structure and between modules in façade construction
  • High deflection and load absorption design
  • Cycling loads and dynamic load resistance
  • Debris impact and objects striking external skins
Stephen Tanno, Director - Pre Construction, Schüco International

11.30 - 12.00

Does a façade have a soul? How façades can reveal a hidden story

  • Our history with façade designs
  • Case studies on the the US Airforce Academy, Moynihan Station and Arthaland Century Pacific Tower
Nicolas Medrano, Associate Director, SOM

12.00 - 12.45

PANEL DISCUSSION: Sustainability and innovation through façades

  • The need for sustainable façades
  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet local Green Building regulations
  • Rating standards and stakeholder coordination for façades
  • Thermal performance in curtain wall & fenestration (OTTV)
  • Dynamic shading techniques


Alex Genato, Sr. Mechanical Engineer, ALT Cladding


Rogelio Garcia Villarosa, Managing Partner, R. Villarosa Architects Richard M. Garcia, Vice President, Visionary Architecture Ana M Ling, Partner, JSLA Architects William T. Ti Jr., Principal Architect, WTA Architecture and Design Studio Carla Cruz, Director, Arcadis Rebecca Plaza, Founder, Plaza + Partners

12.45 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Designing modern contemporary façades

  • Case study on the LPU-Davao project where cultural heritage is incorporated in the façade design with integrated façade engineering
  • Case study on the Grand Hyatt Metrobank Centre which incorporates a fully unitized curtain wall and showcasing the structural advantage of the outrigger/damper on the curtain wall along with the design consideration for the crown and spire
Carmelo Casas, Principal Architect, Casas+Architects

14.00 - 14.20

Exhaust 2.0 – The ACT Façade for South East Asia

  • The challenge of transparency, insulation and glare control
  • Smart activation of the inner blind
  • Innovation realized - A project reference
Stefan Kling, Business Development Director, Priedemann Façade Experts

14.20 - 14.40

Tensile membrane façade - Lightweight + durable

  • Architecture signature
  • Lightest façade cladding solution
  • Thermal and visual comfort & energy saving
Nitin Govila, Managing Director - APAC & MEA, Serge Ferrari Mina Jin, Territory Manager, Serge Ferrari

14.40 - 15.00

Challenges and developments in façades

  • New trends in architectural façade designs
  • Durability and sustainability
  • Developments with special coatings
Efthimios Zizos, Projects Manager, Elval Colour

15.00 - 15.20

Emerging trends and technologies in façades

  • Key façade trends
  • Invisible bonding solutions
  • New innovations & solutions
Jayrold Bautista, Senior Application Engineer - High Performance Building, Dow Chemical

15.20 - 15.40

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
Jean-Paul Moonen, Global Segment Manager - Architectural, Akzonobel

15.40 - 16.00

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.20 - 16.40

Design and selection of energy efficient glazing for buildings in a hot climate zone

  • Fundamentals of glazing
  • How energy efficient glazing perform
  • Key considerations in design and selection of glazing
Jianjun Yang, Chief Technical Officer, Xinyi Glass

16.40 - 17.25

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


Stephen Tanno, Director - Pre Construction, Schüco International


Benedicto Gavino, Principal Consultant, BLG Façade Design Consultancy Lionel Briswalter, Regional Façade Director APAC, Bouygues Batiment International Calvin Lee, Pre-Construction Services Director - Asia, Schüco International Jose Pedro Recio, Principal Architect, Rchitects Pegs Elumba, Principal Façade Consultant, Meinhardt Façade Technology

17.25 - 17.30

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

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