13th Mar 2019, Shangri-La, Colombo

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on façade design & engineering having attracted over 18,000 delegates across its 54 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 (Hong Kong, South Korea & China), Africa (Kenya, Egypt, Morocco & South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany & Sweden), Australasia (Australia & New Zealand) and the United States of America.

Now in it’s 57th global edition and the 4th edition in Sri Lanka, 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.

Visit www.facades.lk for details of the previous events.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

57th Edition - Zak World of Façades Sri Lanka, 13th Mar 2019, Shangri-La, Colombo

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

Suhel Kachwala, Managing Director, FG Glass

08.50 - 09.00

Welcome Address


09.00 - 09.25

Façade: A Face or a "Space" ?

  • Significance of building interface
  • Perceive façade as a zone
  • Need for user engagement
  Pulasthi Wijekoon, Design Director, The Design Group Five International

09.25 - 09.50

Practical Approach for Complex Geometry Façades

  • Rationalizing geometry
  • Computer aid vs manual complex geometry
  • Simplifying fabrication and installation
Mahesh Arumugam, Regional Director - South Asia, Meinhardt Façade Technology

09.50 - 10.10

Complex Geometrical Façades

  • Structural tensegrity façades
  • Curved glass façades
Rohan Keswani, Director, Aluplex India

10.10 - 10.35

Façade Design - Optimising Façade Design

  • Computational fluid dynamics analysis (CFD)
  • Fire safety and economical building design
  • Recent examples and application in Sri Lanka and Australia
Athula Amarasekera, Director, Design Team 3 Bhathiya Waduge, Director, Civil & Structural Engineering Consultants Priyan Mendis, Chairman, Civil & Structural Engineering Consultants

10.35 - 11.00


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.00 - 11.25

Know Your Cladding Pressures

  • Wind codes are meant to be conservative
  • Costly blind spots - The developers always pay!
  • Return on investment - You will be shocked
Masoud Moinfar, Director, Fenestra Malaysia

11.25 - 11.45

Schueco Technology Centre

  • Safe electronics and high level building protection
  • Focus on quality and safety
Ashish Kapoor, Sales Director, Schueco India

11.45 - 12.15

  • Bridging the gap between the designer & the end user
  • Use of appropriate technology in façade design
Migara Alwis, Managing Director, Design Consortium Limited

12.15 - 13.00

PANEL DISCUSSION : Project Management & its Affectivity in Façade Execution

  • Clarity on the materials and budget for the project with additional emphasis on VE options for the project
  • Possible loopholes in the system which affect the façade execution and quality
  • Possible solutions to ensure timely completion of the project
  • Quality control measures during façade execution and the stakeholders involved in the process


Suhel Kachwala, Managing Director, FG Glass


TR Mallikarjuna, Country Head/General Manager, Shapoorji Pallonji Lanka DB Navaratne, Director, Design Consortium Limited Shiromal Fernando, Managing Director, CSEC DH Wijewardena, President, Sri Lanka Institute of Architects Ashish Kapoor, Sales Director, Schueco India Mahinda Jinasena, Managing Director, Asoka Glass

13.00 - 13.50

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.50 - 14.10

Design for the Sake of Design

  • What is architecture & its responsibilities
  • Pros & cons of new material
  • The current situation in design
Murad Ismail, Partner, MICD Associates

14.10 - 14.30

Energy Efficient Façades - Achieved Through Design Not by Expensive Materials

  • Understanding local weather and designing to suit local environmental and client desire
  • Glass selection process, understanding performances
  • Impact and key aspects of energy impact on façade glazing
  • Case study and comparison of a recently completed commercial façade of Colombo
Rajan Govind, Director, BES Consultants

14.30 - 14.50

Importance and Effective Ways of Fire Compartmentation of Façades

  • Understanding the types of compartmentation - Perimeter barriers and cavity barriers
  • Functional and testing requirements of perimeter barrier firestop systems and cavity barriers
  • Routes to compliance though large scale system tests
Sreenivas Narayanan, Façades Specification and Compliance Officer - MEI, Siderise Group

14.50 - 15.10

High Performance Coated Glass for Façades

  • Shielding an energy efficient & sustainable building envelope with low emissivity coatings
  • Hard coat low emissivity glass vs Soft coat low emissivity glass
  • Triple silver low e coating: Controlling the GiR & value added HVAC benefits
  • Case study: KL118 Tower, Malaysia
Tanuj Sharma, Director - Sales & Marketing (South Asia), China Southern Glass

15.10 - 15.30

What’s Inside Laminated Glass?

  • Types of Interlayers
  • Selecting the right interlayer
  • Evolving standards on laminated glass
Malvinder Singh Rooprai, Technical Consultant - Asia Pacific Region, Kuraray

15.30 - 15.50

Bringing Innovation to Façade & Post Railing System

  • Beyond obvious & common: Achieving great heights in india for cable projects
  • New trend: Aluminium U channel system & why kinlong?
  • New arrival: Products
William Chen, Deputy General Manager, Kinlong

15.40 - 15.50

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

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