17th Edition – Zak World of Façades Sri Lanka

With ever increasing demand for the multi-use urban spaces, there has been a definitive spurt in the housing and urban development activities in Sri Lanka. Numerous tall buildings with a special focus on aesthetics and sustainability are being built by the various international developers. While the focus primarily is on environment friendly structures with efficient façades, technological advances like structural and seismic stability, fire and life safety are also key points that determine the façade of the new developments in Sri Lanka. Addressing these prime issues of façade performance and function, Zak World of Façades returns to Colombo after the enormous success of the debut edition which took place last year in September.
This forum will aim at pith understanding of façade design and engineering and shall address the issues like wind tunnel testing, energy efficiency and sustainability through façades, safety and security consideration and complete façade process management.

Speakers and Panelists
Design Manager, Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts
Director, Ajax Engineers
Director, Mihindu Keerthiratne Associates
Country Head Srilanka, Shapoorji Pallonji
CEO, International Construction Consortium
Business Director, Hunter Douglas
Managing Director & CEO, FunderMax India Pvt. Ltd
An engineer & doctorate with over 2 decades of extensive Senior Management experience in spearheading business operations across various MNCs, he has been pivotal in establishing new business ventures and has commanded operations with key focus on top/ bottom line...
Managing Director, B.G.J.F  Consultancy Services
He is the Managing Director, Principal Architect, and founder of BGJF Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd, a multi disciplinary international consultancy practice known for their dedication to design excellence and meticulous execution of projects. The practice has been awarded several international...
Group Director, Access Projects
Mr. Dilshan Ferdinando serves as Managing Director and Director at Access Projects Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Ferdinando has over 30 years of experience in the construction and interior field. He spear headed both the Access Towers and Waters Edge Project, the...
Director, Azonic Midas
Marketing graduate from the Australian Business College, Dilum is the lead at the new age facade contracting firm – Azonic Midas
Director, Nawaloka Construction
Kalana Alwis, DIrector/CEO is responsible for the over all performance of the company and has over 35 years industry experience in the building and civil engineering industry with strong practical experience and sound managerial skills. He is able to develop...
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,...
CEO, Softlogic Properties
Stephen has expertise in Condominium marketing and sales in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is also a Real Estate Investment advisor. Currently he is developing 3 real estate hotel properties while pursuing others.
Director, WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design
He leads a team of designers and architects in the design and implementation of numerous successful projects including the award winning Vivanta by Taj in Bangalore (India), Vivanta by Taj in Gurgaon (India), IREO Victory Valley in Gurgaon (India), Mandala...
GM Colombo Project, TATA Housing Development
Mohan looks to achieve holistic targets, keeping in sight the larger goals of quality and time deliverables, while adding value to the organization and his team. His role comprises of project Execution, design coordination, escalations, MIS reporting to management, escalating...
Managing Director, Design Consortium
Leading one of the largest and oldest corporate architectural firm of Sri Lanka, Mr. Migara is also the lead member of Sri Lanka Institute of architects.
Director, Alufab
Nilruk is a pioneer in the aluminium joinery system industry and has extensive experience of more than 30 years in the façade and glazing industry. He started his career at Gordon Frazer & Co. Ltd., which is a subsidiary of...
Chairman, Suchith Mohotti Architects
Suchith Mohotti Associates like many young practices first built up a reputation with a series of small domestic and commercial projects. It has now progressed to design larger structures such as office buildings, shopping complexes, hotels and restaurants, apartment blocks,...
Director-Architecture, SWA
Upula is a Post Graduate, who worked in Sri Lanka and proceeded to Singapore and worked as a Design Architect with AMC Architects and one of the largest practices in Singapore, Architects 61. During his period of Employment of eight...
Director, Global Façade Solutions
Mr Singh has around 3 decades of experience in manufacturing/design/planning/execution of aluminium window and curtain walling of all types unitized, semi unitized, stick etc., suspended glazing systems, complemented by global experience in the field.
Regional Director, Axis Façades
With a view to lead by example through devoted work ethics and constant innovation, Suresh is one of the most sought after façade consultants of India with a unique approach of integrating and detailing to insure that all elements of...
Director, Glass Wall Systems
Serving the façade industry for more than 27 years, Jawahar makes sure all his ventures are met with immaculate precision and absolute commercial success.
Director, FG Glass
Tariq Kachwala is the Director of FG Glass Industries and has 12 years of experience in the glass processing industry. He spearheads marketing, strategy and new business development and is also a consultant to architects and façade specialists on the...
Conference Agenda
  • A case study on consequence of not availing a competent service team
  • A rationale look on benefit of expert guidance.. But look for the competence of the specialist
  • Impact of the wind on the structures and environment
  • Cladding load wind tunnel study and other facilities
  • Advantages of the cladding load wind tunnel study
  • Limitations of the International codes and standards
  • Past and present
  • Benefits of ventilation with examples
  • Indispensable for high pressure laminates
  • Climate megatrends
  • Buildings of tomorrow
  • Aluminium in sustainability
  • Energy neutral buildings
  • The Sculptural Façade: Conrad Manila Bay, Manila, Philippines
  • The Zero-Waste Façade: Archifest Pavilion 2012, Singapore
  • The Breathing Façade: East Coast House, Singapore
  • LThe Weaving Green Façade: Hilton, Jarkata, Singapore
  • The Memory Façade: Vivanta by Taj Whitefield, Bangalore, India
  • The Layering Façade: Vivanta by Taj Gurgaon, Bangalore, India
  • The Ever-Changing Jali Façade: Mall at KG road, Bangalore, India
  • Sustainable façades for the region
  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet Green Building regulations
  • Rating standards and stakeholder coordination for façades
  • Thermal eciency of a windows & façades
  • Dynamic shading techniques

Tariq Kachwala

  • Value addition that façade lighting brings to a project
  • Case study of a façade lighting project
  • Challenges in implementation of a LED integrated in a curtain wall
  • Louvres and its application as an innovative shading element in façades
  • Terracotta as a sustainable cladding material
  • Overview of fire rated glass
  • Integration of fire rated glass in a system
  • Correct specification of fire rated glass
  • Façade performance objectives for high end residential and mixed use developments
  • Façade safety - gaps between mandatory and obligatory
  • Structural stability and wind load considerations
  • Importance of façade maintenance for a sustained quality

Dilshan Ferdinando

  • Perimeter seals
  • Core fills
  • Fire barriers
  • Façade deliveries, understanding and mitigating risk
  • The need for FPM
  • Implementation - Players involved and their roles
  • Possible pitfalls and their avoidance
  • Eect on the bottom line
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