Zak World of Façades Kenya

4th May 2017, Intercontinental, Nairobi

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 South Asia (India & Sri Lanka), South East Asia (Singapore & Indonesia), Greater China (Hong Kong), Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), Africa (Kenya) and the United Kingdom.

Now in it’s 28th edition globally and 1st edition in the African region, the conference has become a specialised forum to discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and showcases the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

28th Edition - Zak World of Façades Africa, 4th May 2017, Intercontinental, Nairobi

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

Syed Zakir Ahmed, Chairman, Zak Group

09.00 - 09.30

Opening Keynote

Theory of curtain walls

  • Principles of the design of curtain wall
  • Types of curtain walls
  • Glazing systems
  • Infill materials
  • Design parameters
Mahesh Arumugam, Regional Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

09.30 - 10.00

Glass in Kenyan Architecture

  • Prejudice against use of glass façades in Kenya - Common misconceptions
  • Case studies involving Lohnro House, City Bank, I&M Bank Tower, I&M Bank Headquarters and other projects
Trevor Andrews, Director, Planning Systems

10.00 - 10.20

Engineering The Opus

  • The Opus is a 20-storey fully glazed mixed used building in Dubai. It is also double curved glazed and is designed by Zaha Hadid Architects who developed a unique design resembling a cube with the core melted out
  • Discover how the outer flat façades 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 Middle East climate, colour correction and dealing with the radiation focusing effect the geometry imposes
Ettienne Van Zyl, General Manager, Alu Nasa

10.20 - 10.40


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.40 - 11.00

Please mind the gap

  • C + E = FE
  • How to realise your facade project stays within clients budget
  • How to assure your façade will be executed in time and quality
Alexander Tornow, Managing Director, Pridemann Africa

11.00 - 11.20

Façade Maintenance Systems - The Range

  • Comprehensive presentation on building maintenance units
  • Building Maintenance Units (BMUs) for iconic buildings
  • Abseiling pros and cons
Ashok Khemlani, Chairman, Cradle Runways International

11.20 - 11.50

Special Keynote

Façade as an Idea - Façade as a tool to communicate the conceptual idea of the building

  • A journey from façade to facets
  • Evolution of the façade through time and technology
  • Multifaceted stories of the 'faceful' and faceless façades - An illustrated façade-story
Amit Mody, Director, WAVE Architects

11.50 - 12.40

PANEL DISCUSSION: Façade safety & quality considerations

  • Facade 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


Lars Anders, Managing Director, Preidemann


Charles Ndungu, Director, Triad Architects Hosea Ngari, Director, Ecost Development Africa Michael Taylor, Director, Betts Townsend Mahesh Arumugam, Regional Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology Samir Chandaria, Director, SC Group

12.40 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Challenges faced in the delivery of a façade project

  • Technical knowledge of stakeholders involved in the decision making process
  • The project life cycle (design, procurement, fabrication, installation, hand-over & maintenance)
  • Comparisons of Budget v/s Tendered Amount v/s Actual Costs
Devendra Ladha, Director, Prime Aluminium Casement

14.00 - 14.20

Protection with glass

  • Glass: Safety + Aesthetics
  • Secure architecture: How it’s possible
  • Fire protective glazing: How it’s made
Firoz Kachwala, Director, FG Glass

14.20 - 14.40

Sustainable aluminium window & door profile systems

  • Understanding the current available opening types for windows and doors, their application capability in terms of size, ventilation and drainage
  • Understanding the quality deliverables in a price-sensitive market and their impact on sustainability, investor attractiveness and re-sale value looking ahead
  • Thermal or non-thermal profile system? What is the difference and some guidelines to consider in the decision making process in light of quality and feasibility
Venky Kosaraju, General Manager, Hueck Middle East

14.40 - 15.00

Thermal break systems - The solution for saving energy, the environment and money

  • Defining thermal break systems
  • Advantages
  • Evolution
Alex Dantziguian,Managing Director, Technoform Middle East

15.00 - 15.20

Imagination on façades

  • Architectural 3D designs on façades
  • Key techniques of realization
  • Case studies
Angelos Zografos, Technical Sales Engineer, Elval Colour

15.20 - 15.40

Double Glazing Units

  • Fad or requirement for the Kenyan climate
  • Common misconceptions
  • Faults in processing and how to combat them
Hussein S Hebatullah, Director, Impala Glass

15.40 - 16.00

Networking Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

Human comfort in the façade affected zone

  • Observations based on real world experiences in commercial office projects over the last decade
Sean Bruce Couzyn, Director, Sutherland Engineers

16.20 - 16.40

Façade & fenestration execution made easy

  • Integrating software technology for the ease of design & production
  • Software linked inventory management and seamless production chain
Umur Ahmet Duymaz, General Manager, Orgadata Middle East

16.40 - 17.25

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


Navin Keswani, Chairman & Managing Director, Aluplex


Keshavji Ladha, Managing Director, Prime Aluminium Casement Titus Kimuge Kipsang, Managing Director, Symbion Limited Dhanji Laxman, Managing Director, Laxmanbhai Construction Jacqueline Nyanguthi, Head of Property Development, Britam Holdings Sean Bruce Couzyn, Director, Sutherland Engineers HK Muambi, Managing Director, Muambi & Associates

17.25 - 17.30

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