23rd Edition – Zak World of Façades Singapore

The Inaugural edition of the Zak World of Façades South East Asia conference opened in grandeur to its delegates at the prestigious Marina Bay Sands on the 13th of October 2016. Around 376 delegates consisting of the leading architects, façade consultants, main contractors, developers and fabricators from the South-East Asia region attended the conference. The agenda of the conference comprised of keynote speeches, case studies, product presentations and panel discussions by 27 eminent personalities from the industry.

The event was convened by Stephan Tanno from Schüco International, a well-respected global façade professional. The event started with the welcome address by Andreas Engelhardt & Andreas Caprano who are the Chairman of Schüco International & Technoform Holdings respectively. This was followed by the opening keynote by Mathieu Meur from Meinhardt Façade Technology on glass visual quality where he spoke about the typical issues observed and applicable codes with examples of failures. Speaking next was Brad Wilkins from Gensler who spoke about outward-tilted glass in façades, their advantages, details for buildability and cost implications. Thorsten Siodla from Technoform spoke on thermal bridging and how thermal break is a must for tropical countries with research study examples. This concluded the session and was followed by a networking break.

The second session started off with a presentation by Michael Chin from Arup who spoke on sustainable design strategies in façade with case studies of their iconic projects in Singapore and also touched upon the WELL rating standard. It was then the turn of Stephan Tanno from Schüco International to speak on façade details for low energy consumption where he spoke about the importance of linking HVAC and façades which is generally ignored. The next speaker Charu Kokate from Moshe Safdie was the special keynote presenter and she spoke on the case studies on the façade design of the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Jewel Changi and Sky Habitat. The session ended with a panel discussion on energy codes, ratings and guidelines for facades where the new Green Mark version was discussed and how it will affect the design of façades going forward.

The third session post lunch kicked off with a presentation by the legend himself Joe Khoury from ALT Cladding who spoke about his experience on FAQ’s in façades. This was followed by presentation from Charlene Smith from PPG Industries on their performance glass and their strategic tie up with JinJing to service the Asian market. Christoph Troska from Trosifiol spoke next on which interlayer to use for which application. Yannis Angelis from Elval Colour then spoke on the importance of a coil coated in the building envelope. Paul Tsalolikhin from Hilti spoke on their innovative firestopping materials which are used in curtain wall edge-of-slabs. Suhel Kachwala from FG Glass ended the session with a presentation on the importance of daylighting and using innovative glass solutions to harness daylight in a building.

The final session of the day had Agnes Koltay from Koltay Façades speaking on the iconic Opus project in Dubai designed by Zaha Hadid Architects which has a complex geometry and many complex glass types. Chengde Huang from CSG spoke next on their range of performance glass for façades and the conference ended by a very engaging panel discussion on understanding façade process management with expert views from an architect, façade consultant, main contractor, façade sub-contractor and a quantity surveyor.
This debut edition of Zak World of Façades South East Asia in Singapore was a stupendous success and was highly appreciated for its content, key decision makers who attended the event, ambience, networking break-out sessions and more importantly imparting the knowledge about the latest innovations in façades and designing sustainable façades for the tropics.

Speakers and Panelists
Technical Director, CSG Architectural Glass
Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco International KG
Stephen Tanno graduated from The University of Southampton in 1987 and worked as a Consulting Engineer for the next 16 years, including 5 years with Ove Arup in Sydney and 8 years as Group Director with Buro Happold, where he...
Director, SAA Architects
As a Director at SAA, Michael leads project teams in design and project management, and is involved in various competition submissions. Since joining SAA in 2008, Michael has been involved in a good spectrum of projects ranging from high rise...
Manager - Global Architecture Segment,, Trosifol® World of Interlayers
He studied core and elementary physics and made his final thesis about thin film coatings. He started his career in 2000, working for R&D at Applied Films in Hanau. At the end of 2001, he joint Pilkington where he had...
Managing Director, Fenestra Malaysia
Masoud Moinfar is the Managing Director of Fenestra Malaysia Sdn Bhd. He is a mechanical building services engineer and has more than 33 years of professional experience in design and construction management of a wide range of projects. He has...
Managing Director, Technoform Holding Germany
Mathias is responsible for the operative management of the Technoform Bautec business in Germany and he is a member of the Global Management Team for the Bautec business in all markets. He is an active member of the employers association...
Director, DP Façade
Mathieu Meur provides strategic and technical leadership as the director of DP Façade. Through his training as a multi-disciplinary engineer, and subsequent years of experience heading the largest façade consultancy practise in the world, he has developed extensive knowledge of...
Principal | Façade Engineering Leader, Arup
Michael is an Associate Principal and Façade Leader at Arup, Singapore. He has 15 years of experience, 11 of which are with Arup. He leads one of the biggest façade engineering teams in this region, which is known for its...
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...
Manager - International Architectural Projects and Technical Services, Vitro Architectural Glass
Charlene Smith earned a degree in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and immediately joined PPG Industries, Inc., now Vitro Architectural Glass, beginning her industrious 40 year career in the flat glass business. She has worked in several areas of...
Construction Manager, Woh Hup
A Mechanical Engineering graduate from Imperial College London, Yong Jian Rong is the Construction Manager of Woh Hup (Private) Limited, Singapore’s largest privately owned building construction and civil engineering specialist. With over a decade of experience in the field of...
Director, Building System & Diagnostics
Ping Quen is a director of BSD and has more than 15 years of experience in Energy and Environmentally effcient buildings. He is a pioneer in Energy modelling and is BCA appointed independent energy modelling assessor for projects since 2010....
Chief Building Physics Nerd, Fabric First
As the Chief Building Physics Nerds at Fabric First, Darren has developed a wide range of technical and business development expertise covering assessment, delivery and management of Building Physics consultancies. Taking an industry leadership position, Darren has authored 50 +...
Managing Director, FG Glass
An MBA from Boston, USA, Suhel has been in charge of FG Glass since its inception. Suhel has brought both his educational and business knowledge into FG Glass to build it into an efficient organisation. His strong personality and effective...
Principal, Safdie Architects
Charu Kokate Partner and Principal at Safdie Architects heads the firm’s office in Singapore. In 2008, she relocated to Singapore and was Project Architect on the iconic Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort project. Charu was a key member of the...
Technical Director - Façades, AESG
April Soh brings with her over 20 years of experience in the Façade Consultancy with experience in project management, consultancy, engineering, and site supervision. Prior to joining AESG in 2020, April has consulted on numerous prestigious projects across the Middle...
Asia Leader for Commercial Office Building Developers, Associate, Gensler
Brad Wilkins has lived and worked on three continents with residences in Singapore, China, Spain, and the United States. Projects for which Brad has had design responsibility have won over 30 international design awards and are located in Asia, Europe,...
Global Head of Technology & Innovations,, Technoform Holding Germany
Thorsten Siodla graduated from the University of Kassel(Germany), and completed a postgraduate degree in Energy and Environment and obtained an Dr.-Ing. in industrial science. He has a postgraduate degree in Patent Engineering from Beuth University of Technology(Berlin). Thorsten is responsible...
Group Managing Director,, Langdon & Seah
Eugene is the ARCADIS SG Country Head and the Singapore City Executive. He is also the Group Managing Director of Langdon & Seah Singapore Pte Ltd and the representative in the Sustainability Group. He is also leading the drive in...
Director, RSP Architects & Engineers
Gabriel Chen is a Director. He has more than 29 years of architectural project and design experiences in various major projects locally and overseas, covering a range of areas like infrastructure, education, healthcare, sports & recreation, hospitality, residential, offices, retail...
Director - Projects, Architects61
Gieto Sugianto received his Master degree in architecture from Rheinish – Westphalian Technological University of Aachen, Germany in 1985 where he was a recipient of various categories of design awards in limited and nationwide students design competition. Upon graduation, he...
Principal, ALT Cladding
Joe Theodore Khoury has been in the curtain wall industry for more than 30 years and his expertise covers many areas, from creating preliminary design proposals to managing the on-site erection of complete wall systems. He has worked on prestigious...
Technical Director, Inhabit Group
John is a Technical Director of Inhabit Singapore. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the Construction Industry. This has been primarily in the Structural and Façade disciplines working with Consultants, Main and Management Contractors and with Specialist Façade...
Director, CIAP Architects
In the earlier part of his 29-year career, Theodore worked for IVS Richard Yim Architects (Singapore), Tangguanbee Architects (Singapore) and SAA Partnership Architects (Singapore) Some of the more significant projects that he was directly involved in include The Picture House...
Sustainability Director, Lend Lease
Simon is focused on creating the next evolution of sustainable places using design thinking, participatory design and agile development philosophies. Before joining Lendlease he founded and became CEO of Cundall Australasia, growing the business to over 100 people across 6...
General Manager, Elval Colour
Yannis Angelis is a Mechanical Engineer and is for the last seven years the General Manager of Elval Colour. Yannis is a board member of European Coil Coating Association (ECCA), Co-chairman of European Aluminium Association (EAA) Building Group and member...
Global Marketing Director, Façades, Hilti
Paul is a strategic sales and marketing leader with an engineering degree and Masters in Marketing, with the ability to demonstrate a success in working independently and with a team of people from different backgrounds and cultures,leading cross-cultural teams. He...
Conference Agenda
  • Applicable codes of practice
  • Typical issues observed
  • Mitigation methods
  • Energy Efficiency: Sunlight angle of incident, shading, direct and indirect radiation
  • Façade Aerodynamics: For tall and slender towers
  • Visual Clarity : Interior glare reduction, transparency
  • Contextual Response: Climate mapping, exterior glare reduction
  • Cost Implications: Offsets and balances, making tilted glass pay for itself, details for buildability
  • What is the thermal zone and why is it important?
  • Why is it important to design the thermal zone at the early phase of project?
  • Strategies and case studies to optimise the thermal zone
  • Why do we need sustainable cities?
  • Challenges incorporating "green" façades and how they can influence the environment
  • Examples of sustainable façades design in tropics and other parts of the world
  • "Well" rating system and how it will influence future buildings
  • Principles of passive design using the inherent qualities of the construction
  • Focus on climates where complete natural ventilation is not possible due to the harshness of the climate, hence mechanical HVAC is necessary
  • Examples of how simple improvements in the design and detailing of the building envelope can result in considerable energy savings in the operation of HVAC sysytems
  • Case studies of projects where such improvements could be made and show likely savings in energy and hence cost reduction
  • In every climate, façade design may be optimized to take advantage of unique site features, orientation, materiality and use
  • Sharing three projects in the tropical climate of Singapore, with differing uses and geometries, this presentation will review how the design and construction teams partnered to integrate and optimize architectural and structural efficiency
  • In each case, the use of a variety of traditional and emerging tools, including parametric modeling and customized computer scripts, as well as actual mockups in the field, to refine steelwork and exterior building material system choices
  • Examples include the fractalization of the façade with stepped terraces at a residential tower, Sky Habitat; the finely-tuned building assemblies of steel structure and glass and metal panels at Jewel at Changi Airport; and the fabrication sequencing and engineering of the complex façades of the Marina Bay Sands complex
  • Insight on how occupant comfort and architectural expression is enhanced by the exploration of daylighting, energy modeling, solar and shade analysis
  • Sustainable façades for the region
  • 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
  • Dynamic shading techniques

Dr Mathias Behrens

  • System Application/Classification
  • Terminology
  • Material and Finishes
  • Thermal Performance
  • Safety
  • Thermal and optical performance of glasses
  • Energy modeling results of high performance glasses
  • Green City Alliance -JJW (Jinjing) and first project in the US
  • Interlayers offer additional properties to glass (safety, acoustic, aesthetics, UV- control,
    structural properties,…)
  • Guidelines on how to choose the right interlayer
  • Importance of proper passivation in aluminium substrate
  • Paint specifications and warranty period
  • Functional coatings
  • Composite panel fire performance and specification integrity
  • Cast-in channel solutions for thin slabs
  • New fireproofing materials for curtain wall edge-of-slabs
  • Problems with glare and high sunlight in tropical countries, solving the most critical and most overlooked concern in glass façade
  • Introducing climacool (IGU) with Solera®- 'the Real Daylighting Solution'
  • The Opus is a 20-storey fully glazed mixed used building in Dubai. Commissioned by Omniyat, Zaha Hadid Architects developed a unique design resembling a cube with the core melted out
  • Discover how the outer flat facdes of The Opus are neutral transparent glazed with a silver mirror pattern, while the core area is dark blue 3D formed glazing
  • Recognise the main challenges of achieving the 3D double-curved shape such as the UAE climate, colour correction and dealing with the radiation focusing effect the geometry imposes
  • Performance of different low-e products & their different energy saving effects
  • Aesthetic aspects of infrared screening glass series
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