18th May 2017, HKCEC, Hong Kong

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 29th edition globally and 1st edition in the Greater China 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

29th Edition - Zak World of Façades Greater China, 18th May 2017, HKCEC, Hong Kong

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

08.50 - 09.00

Welcome Address

Syed Zakir Ahmed, Chairman, Zak Group

09.00 - 09.30

Opening Keynote

Future of façades in China

  • Advancement of façades in the past 20 years
  • Current market condition
  • Future endeavors
Jeff Tsai, Associate Director, Arup

09.30 - 09.50

Bespoke standardization

  • Bespoke design solutions in Hong Kong and China
  • Case studies on the China Resources Building in Hong Kong and Tianjin CTF Finance Centre in China
Chia Pan, Director, Ronald Lu & Partners

09.50 - 10.10

Delivering sustainable coating solutions

  • Innovations in high-performance green coatings
  • Science behind sustainable coatings
  • Importance of approved applicators and technical service
Michael Bourdeau, VP - Global Coil & Extrusion, The Valspar Corporation

10.10 - 10.30


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.30 - 10.55

Gross Floor Area (GFA) in HK: Effects on façade design

  • Understanding GFA in HK
  • GFA in relation to curtain wall / cladding design
Marius Mariano, Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

10.55 - 11.20

Sustainable facades for (sub) tropical regions

  • Functional optimization of building skins
  • Architectural integration of components
  • Holistic approach
Dr. Winfried Heusler, Senior Vice President - Global Building Excellence, Schüco International

11.20 - 11.50

Special Keynote

CTF Tower Guangzhou – The Terracotta Supertall

  • A contextual supertall
  • The environmental and programmatic advantages of the terracotta façade
  • A façade that masks programmatic complexities
Forth Bagley, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox

11.50 - 12.40

PANEL DISCUSSION: Energy codes, ratings & guidelines for façades

  • 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


Tony Ip, Deputy Director of Sustainable Design, Ronald Lu & Partners


Garry Phillips, Project Director, Farrells Lucia Lung, Director - Façades, WSP China Region Ada Fung, Deputy Director of Housing Development, Hong Kong Housing Authority Joel Chan, Director, P&T Group Zhixu Tran, Technical Director, Schüco Greater China

12.40 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Architectural and market drivers in the design of complex form projects and façades

  • An overview of regional complex form projects, realized using parametric design
  • Regional market factors that influence parametric façade design
  • Architectural and building program drivers that influence and impact on the façade design
  • Future developments in complex form façade design
Karl James, Technical Director, Aedas

14.00 - 14.20

Which interlayer for which application ?

  • Interlayers offer additional properties to glass (safety, acoustic, aesthetics, UV- control, structural properties,…)
  • Guidelines on how to chose the right interlayer
Christoph Troska, Manager - Global Architecture Segment, Trosifol® World of Interlayers

14.20 - 14.40

The Morpheus Hotel – Making the vision viable

  • Defining geometries and combining unique façade systems to realise a complex form
  • Key design issues with the exoskeleton – designing for ease of construction, access and maintenance
  • Utilising computational technology to balance optimisation and practicality
Victoria Cameron, Associate - Façades, BuroHappold Engineering

14.40 - 15.00

Fire protection system for vertical joints of curtain walling

  • Importance of fire protection for the vertical joint of curtain walling
  • Fire resistance test standard for vertical joint: BS EN 1364-3 vs BS 476 Part 20
  • Design consideration of the vertical joint: acoustic performance, movement capacity, smoke tightness and firestopping
Dr. Selina Lin, Technical Manager, Hilti Hong Kong

15.00 - 15.20

Green aspects of a high-performance façade

  • Green aspects – Design considerations and approaches
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Benefits
Alvin Velasco, Mechanical Design Manager, ALT Cladding

15.20 - 15.40

Coatings innovation in façade design

  • Coating solution for façade design
  • How to realise the designer's dream - New products and technology
  • Digital way to specify the colour smartly
Jean-Paul Moonen, Global Segment Manager - Architectural, Akzonobel

15.40 - 16.00

Networking & Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

The façade maze

  • VISION, where the façade starts from
  • HABIT, moving forward in the façade design methodology
  • REALIZATION, the façade as result
Dr. Francesca Madeo, Associate, Inhabit Group Jason Paget, Associate, Inhabit Group

16.20 - 16.40

Modern architectural terracotta

  • Highest application of terracotta in the world
  • Future development of terracotta
  • New looks of terracotta finish
Yun Lee, Managing Partner, CN Architectural Terracotta

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


Karl James, Technical Director, Aedas


Dr. Priyantha Edussuriya, Associate Director, Leigh & Orange Architects Andreas Hiersemenzel, Managing Director, HS+A Dr. Winfried Heusler, Senior Vice President - Global Building Excellence, Schüco International John Adams, Project Director, Gammon Engineering & Construction Maury Wong, Senior Associate, Arquitectonica

17.25 - 17.30

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