Zak World of Façades India,

21st Apr 2017, ITC Maratha, Mumbai

About the Event

Zak World of Façades is the region’s largest conference series on façades design & engineering. Now in it’s 27th edition globally and 18th edition in India, the conference has become a specialized forum in region 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

27th Edition - Zak World of Façades India, 21st Apr 2017, ITC Maratha, Mumbai

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)


Delegate Registration

Event Host & Convenor Tariq Kachwala, Director, FG Glass Industries

09.15 - 09.20-

Welcome Address

Syed Ahad Ahmed, Director, Zak Group

09.20 - 09.40-

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
Balaji Chandran, Head - Application Engineering, FunderMax India

09.40 - 10.00-

Natural ventilation & solar shading for high - Rise buildings

  • Need for ventilation in high-rise buildings
  • Need for external shading in high-rise buildings
  • Solutions for the same
Frank Goudman, Export Manager - Asia, Renson

10.00 - 10.20-

Adaptive façades

  • Dynamic or statement façades: Where dynamic form is used to create a bold yet rhythmic change, almost giving an illusion of movement?
  • Environmentally responsive façades: Where the façade responds to the climate and location of site allowing the building to breathe when required and blurring the boundary between interior and exterior
  • Living façades: Not just green in terms of environmental ratings and carbon footprint... But also, literally green and living where the entire façade is planted upon!
Pronit Nath, Principal Architect, Urban Studio Girish Dharachar, Managing Director, Umicore India

10.20 - 10.40-

Engineering clarity in glass

  • Development of glass for structural applications
  • Evolution in glass sizesproject
  • Meeting challenges of thermal performance
Sanmukh Bawa, Project Engineer, Eckersley O’Callaghan

10.40 - 11.00-

Networking & Tea / Coffee Break

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
Nitin Govila, Managing Director for Asia Pacific/M-East & Africa, Serge Ferrari

11.20 - 11.55

Schüco technology center: Developing. Testing. Shaping the future

  • A brief introduction to one of the world’s leading test centres for building envelopes
Ashish Kapoor, Sales Director, Schüco India

11.55 - 12.25

Innovation in high-rise residential and environmentally responsive office façade designs

Hans Brouwer, Director, HB Design

12.25 - 13.10

Panel Discussion: Exploring the ecofriendly alternatives for building envelopes

  • Glass the way or only way?
  • Synthetic and natural materials and their application for facades
  • Form and aesthetics with alternative material


KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades


Nikita Mehta, Senior Associate, Architect Hafeez Contractor Mukesh Jaitly, Associate Director, Wadhwa Developers Akhil Palherkar, Joint General Manager, L&T Realty Balaji Chandran, Head - Application Engineering, FunderMax India Jawahar HH, Director, Glass Wall Systems Ulhas Ghare, Consultant, GFRC Technology

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
Sourabh Kankar, Regional Manager, Gujarat Guardian

14.20 - 14.40

Importance of good design with practical approach

  • Resolved design and its positive impact on project success
  • Impact of unresolved design and designer’s passing on problems to site
  • Adverse impact of an unsuitable design
  • Use of Advance Geometry technique to work on patterns and optimisations with case study of an on-going project
Rajan Govind, Director, BES Consultants

14.40 - 15.00

What’s inside a laminated glass ?

  • Interlayer solutions for various applications
  • Performance limits pushed by new materials & building regulations
Malvinder Singh Rooprai, Technical Consultant (Asia Pacific), Kuraray

15.00 - 15.20

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

15.20 - 15.40

Different elements in façades

  • Elements in glass facade
  • Elements beyond glass
Hitesha Thakur, Design Manager, 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
Tanuj Sharma, Zonal Head - Central & West India, Kinlong Hardware India

16.00 - 16.20

Networking & Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.40 - 17.00

Innovative silicone materials for innovative design

  • High strength and crystal clear silicone technologies for exterior façades
  • Structural area lamination for interiors
  • Case studies
S Ravishankar, Manager - Application Engineering & Tech Services, Dow Corning

16.20 - 16.40

DUROCK® DEFS (Direct applied exterior finishing system)

  • Future of construction - Clean & dry
  • Benefits & applications
  • Case study of International & Indian projects
Koushik Sarkar, CEO, USG Boral India

17.00 - 17.45

Panel Discussion: Quiz on fire safety & security with expert opinions from the panel



Seema Puri, Principal Architect , Seza Architects


Sundeep Gwash, Principal, The Firm Associates Prabhat Rhandale, Director, Maharashtra Fire Services, CFO, Mumbai Fire Brigade Rajeev Antony, Managing Director, Schueco India Tariq Kachwala, Director, FG Glass Industries Kamlesh Choudhari, Director, Glass Wall Systems

17.45 - 17.50


17.50 -

Networking / End of the Conference

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