15th Sep 2017, Park Hyatt, Hyderabad

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 33rd edition globally and 1st edition in Hyderabad, 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

33rd Edition - Zak World of Façades India, 15th Sep 2017, Park Hyatt, Hyderabad

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.50 - 09.30

Delegate Registration & Networking

09.30 - 09.40

Welcome Address


09.40 - 10.00

Complete journey of Project Life Cycle

  • Architectural intent
  • Design Skill / Engineering
  • Facility Management
  • Project Execution
  • Case Study
Eshan Hemrajani, Director, Glass Wall Systems

10.00 - 10.20

Rear ventilated façade system

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

10.20 - 10.40

Propinquity of fire and façade

  • Safety - Importance of fire severance
  • Secured - Importance of smoke seal
  • Suppression - Importance of fire stop
Mahesh Arumugam, Regional Director - South Asia, Meinhardt Façade

10.40 - 11.10


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.10 - 11.30

Tensile fabric façade - Architectural functions and benefits

  • Thermal comfort & solar protection
  • Visual comfort & glare control
  • Dynamic façades with day/night effect
Arun Madappallath, Country Manager, Serge Ferrari India

11.30 - 11.55

Sustainable façades for tropical regions

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

11.55 - 12.25

Façades beyond curtain walls

  • Review new materials for façades
  • Conditions required to adopt new materials and precautions to be taken
  • Practical information and advice directly applicable to real life projects
Mathieu Meur, Director - DP Façades

12.25 - 13.15

PANEL DISCUSSION: Commercial façades: Stability and performance implications

  • Striking the right balance between aesthetics, functionality and delivery of curtain walls
  • Design innovations in complex modern façades for performance efficiency
  • Engineered system façades and how to use them to benefit performance
  • Design innovations for mixed use building façades


Tariq Kachwala, Director, FG Glass


Niroop Kumar Reddy, Director, NA Architects S P Reddy, Chairman & Managing Director, Terminus Infrastructures Ashish Kapoor, Sales Director, Schüco Balaji Chandran, Head - Application Engineering, FunderMax India Vinod Kundargi, Director, Aspect Façades Kamlesh Choudhari, Director, Glass Wall System

13.15 - 14.15

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

14.15 - 14.35

Sustainable Solutions for smart cities

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

14.35 - 14.55

Primary Homogenised Billets

  • Advantages and Benefits
Dushyant Kumar Gupta, Assistant General Manager, Vedanta

14.55 - 15.15

Façade Access Systems at Indian Airports

  • Design and execution to suit the special architectural and functional requirements
  Ashok Khemlani, Chairman, Clean India Group

15.15 - 15.35

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
Jean Paul Hautekeer, Global Strategic Marketing Director, The Dow Chemical Company

15.35 - 15.55

Understanding Fire Resistant Glass

  • Overview of fire rated glass
  • Integration of fire rated glass in a system
  • Correct specification and installation of fire rated glass
Tariq Kachwala, Director, FG Glass Industries

15.55 - 16.20

Networking Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.20 - 16.40

Fire Compartmentation in Curtain Wall Buildings

  • Perimeter Fire Stop and Cavity Barriers
  • Route to compliance and Testing Regimes
  • Product Selection and Installation Guidance
Sreenivas Narayanan, Façade Specification & Compliance Officer, Siderise Middle East & India

16.40 - 17.30

PANEL DISCUSSION: Façade safety & quality considerations

  • Façade 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


K R Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Facades


Mathan Ramaiah, Design Director, FHD Group Pavan Kumar, Senior Manager Architect, JLL S Vasu Prakash, Senior Vice President, Meenakshi Developers Renati Venkateswara Rao, General Manager, Wipro Limited Karan Keswani, Director, Aluplex Anand Kapadia, Director, Vibrant Façades

17.30 - 17.35

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