14th Jul 2017, The Ritz-Carlton, Bengaluru

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 31st edition globally and 5th edition in Bengaluru, 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

31st Edition - Zak World of Façades India, 14th Jul 2017, The Ritz-Carlton, Bengaluru

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.50 - 09.30

Delegate Registration & Networking

09.30 - 09.40

Welcome Address


09.40 - 10.00

Rear ventilated façade system

  • Importance of ventilation for buildings and modern day challenges
  • Key attributes of a real ventilated façade
  • Rear ventilated façade using high pressure laminates
Niraj Borikar, Head - Marketing, FunderMax

10.00 - 10.20

Innovative silicone material enabling sustainable architecture

  • 50+ years of Proven Silicone Performance
  • Leading innovation through clear technology
  • Support & services that help enable silicone technologies
Loriane Parisot, R&D Director - Europe, Dow Corning

10.20 - 10.40

Evolving design optimisation methods

  • New design paradigms and evolving tools
  • Scripted solutions to unique challenges
  • Improved efficiencies in construction
Gautam Bhasin, Regional Manager, Inhabit Group

10.40 - 11.00


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.00 - 11.20

Tensile fabric façade - Architectural functions and benefits

  • Thermal comfort & solar protection
  • Visual comfort & glare control
  • Dynamic façades with day/night effect
Cyril Vanmeerhaeghe, International Product Manager - Façades & Solar Protection, Serge Ferrari

11.20 - 11.55

Managing quality worldwide at Schueco

  • Global challenges in quality management
  • Meet the customers’ expectations by managing product and process quality
Joachim Nasdalak, Head - Quality Management, Schueco International

11.55 - 12.25

Cities Alive: Designing green & sustainable façades for the tropics

  • 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
Michael Chin, Associate Principal - Façade Engineering Leader, Arup

12.25 - 13.10

PANEL DISCUSSION: Trends and innovations in building façade designs

  • Designing the façades with performance objectives in mind
  • Engineered system façades and hot to use them to benefit performance
  • Design innovations for mixed use building façades
  • Optimal shading techniques for façades


KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades


Gayathri Shetty, Owner, Gayathri & Namith Architects Nita Kembhavi, Partner, Kembhavi Architecture Foundation Ashish Kapoor, Sales Director, Schüco Tilak Thomas, Principal, Thomas Associates Balaji Chandran, Head - Application Engineering, FunderMax Jawahar HH, Director, Glass Wall System

13.10 - 14.00

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

14.00 - 14.20

Sustainable solutions for smart cities

  • Energy efficient glass solutions
  • Case studies
  • Tools and calculators for glass selection
Sourabh Kankar, Regional Manager, Gujarat Guardian

14.20 - 14.40

Façade consultancy – Be serious please!

  • How long it will take to learn the lesson
  • Do not mix responsibilities
  • Consultancy Service – not a Social Service
  • Who is competent?
Micha Pawelka, Managing Director, Priedemann Middle East

14.40 - 15.00

Different laminated glass for different façade needs

  • Selection of the Interlayer
  • Structural Interlayers (Ionomer Vs Stiff PVB)
  • Monolayer Technology for acoustics
Jonathan Cohen, Global Business Director - Glass Laminating Solutions, Kuraray

15.00 - 15.20

Customised façades using Titanium Zinc

  • Types of Zinc façade systems
  • Types of finishes and colour choices in Zinc
  • Case study of Zinc façade projects in India
Girish Dharachar, Managing Director, Umicore India

15.20 - 15.40

Factory produced façade elements - Concept to reality

  • Different unitised panel shapes (Curved, Articulated, etc)
  • Value added elements (Perforation, Lighting, etc)
  • Steel fabricated elements (Diagrid)
Eshan Hemrajani, Director, Glass Wall Systems

15.40 - 16.00

Architectural hardware: Striving for innovation & standardization

  • Achieving great heights in India for cable projects, looking beyond the obvious & common
  • Coating: Galfan? Implementation of Galfan coating & analysis with GI cables
  • Comparing the Indian and Chinese testing Laboratories. A glimpse to understand the common SS316 with the uncommon CF8M
  • Importance of D/W hardware: Top hung window solutions in point fix glazing
Syed Azhar, Area Sales Manager - South, Kinlong Hardware India

16.00 - 16.20

Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.20 - 16.40

An introduction to one of the largest off site manufacturers in India

  • Advantages of offsite manufacturing
  • Integration of façades with precast technology
  • Case study of executed projects which implemented offsite technology
Paul Blackmore, CEO, KEF Infra Sasi Itham, Head - Sales & BD, KEF Infra

16.40 - 17.00

Why powder coatings fail and how to specify the right / appropriate coating for façades

  • The powder coating process chain - the powder, pre-treatment, coating process, post coating material handling and finally installation
  • Difference between standard & super durable powder coatings
  • What is Qualicoat approval and its benefits
Anuj Gupta, Director, Rapid Coat

17.00 - 17.45

PANEL DISCUSSION: Façade safety & quality considerations

  • Facade performance objectives for high end residential and mixed-use developments
  • Façade safety - gaps between mandatory and obligatory
  • Challenges faced at the execution stage
  • Importance of façade maintenance for a sustained quality


Tariq Kachwala, Director, FG Glass Industries


Ashutosh Jha, Technical Director, Gensler Dinesh Verma, Principal Architect, Ace Group Sadanand Byakod, CEO, G Corp Developers Jayant Vaitha, Director, Synergy Property Development Pankaj Keswani, Managing Director, Alufit Tarun Khemlani, Director, Clean India

17.45 - 17.50

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