15th Jun 2017, Hilton, Colombo

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 30th edition globally and 3rd edition in Sri Lanka, 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

30th Edition - Zak World of Façades Sri Lanka, 15th Jun 2017, Hilton, Colombo

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

Amit Malhotra, Leader, McCoy Group

08.50 - 09.00

Welcome Address

Syed Zakir Ahmed, Chairman, Zak Group

09.00 - 09.30

Unveiling the value of façade consultancy

  • A rationale look on benefit of reliable guidance from concept to as-built
  • A case study of availing vs. not availing a competent service team
  • An intellectual approach
Micha Pawelka, Managing Director, Pridemann Middle East

09.30 - 09.50

Façade as a window of exchange

  • Eliminate spatial boundaries
  • Embrace passive design strategies
  • Explore an architectonic language
Dan Ameresekere, Managing Director, DesignOne

09.50 - 10.10

Role of silicone in shaping the future of the façade industry

  • Silicone enabled sustainable architecture
  • Silicone: an innovative material to enhance the buildings of the future
  • Services that help enable silicone technologies
S Ravishankar, Manager - Application Engineering & Tech Services, Dow Corning

10.10 - 10.30


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.30 - 10.55

High quality façades customised for High rise buildings of Sri Lanka

  • Upcoming façade industry currently rely on standard system supply scenario
  • Recent developments and completed projects in Colombo dramatically improving the availability and opening opportunities
  • Changing market trends & experiences on implementation of a customized design solution specific to the buildings of Sri Lanka addressing local challenges
Rajan Govind, Director, BES Consultants

10.55 - 11.20

Sustainable façades for tropical regions

  • Functional optimization of building skins
  • Architectural integration of components
  • Holistic approach
Ashish Kapoor, Sales Director, Schüco

11.20 - 11.50

Façade design for the cities – The P&T experience

  • Iconic façade design
  • Innovation in façade design
  • Project case studies
Richard Soon, Director, P&T Architects

11.50 - 12.40

PANEL DISCUSSION: High-rise façades: Structural stability and performance implications

  • Striking the right balance between aesthetics, functionality and delivery of curtain walls
  • Optimising the aluminium system and glass specifications
  • Design innovations in complex modern façades for performance efficiency


Suhel Kachwala, Managing Director, FG Glass


Philip Weerarathne, Principal Architect, PWA Architects Dr. Senaka Dharmatilleke, Chief Architect, Overseas Realty Mahinda Jinasena, Managing Director, Asoka Glass Balaji Chandran, Head - Application Engineering, FunderMax India Rajan Govind, Director, BES Consultants

12.40 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

High performance powder coatings for Aluminium

  • Evolution of powder coatings
  • Super durable / hyper durable – Next generation of powder coatings
  • Standard compliance
Monesh Aidasani, Regional Specifications Manager - Middle East, India & Africa, Jotun

14.00 - 14.25

Propinquity of fire and façade

  • Safety importance of fire severance
  • Secured importance of smoke seal
  • Suppression importance of fire stop
Mahesh Arumugam, Regional Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

14.25 - 14.45

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 India

14.45 - 15.05

Façade maintenance systems - The Range

  • Comprehensive presentation on building maintenance units
  • Building Maintenance Units (BMUs) for iconic buildings
  • Case study on the Altair project
Ashok Khemlani, Chairman, Cradle Runways International

15.05 - 15.25

Imagination on façades

  • Architectural 3D designs on façades
  • Key techniques of realization
  • Case studies
Efthimios Zizos, Projects Manager, Elval Colour

15.25 - 16.00

Networking Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

Materials & technologies for façades

  • Glass as a standard façade material
  • Exploring the natural alternatives
  • GRC & stone - the new age façade materials
  • Mitigate risk by smarter specifications
KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades

16.20 - 16.40

Case study on façade design of prominent buildings

  • Design challenges
  • Execution skill
  • Final delivery
Rahul Miskeen, Vice President - Design & Planning, Glass Wall Systems

16.40 - 17.25

PANEL DISCUSSION: Façade Engineering: Right matrix for increased Return on Investment

  • Overcoming project delivery targets within the defined timelines and budgets
  • Defining dots to join between conceptualization and execution
  • Optimising production planning and implementation


KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades


A N Jayadeva, Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Cost Management Services Pvt LtdThilan Anuradha, Group Director, Blue MountainUdayanga Alwis, Director, Civil & Structural Engineering ConsultantsMahesh Arumugam, Regional Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

16.45 - 16.50

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