4th Oct 2017, Hilton on Park Lane, London

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 now in the United Kingdom.

Now in it’s 34th edition globally and 1st edition in the UK, 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

34th Edition - Zak World of Façades United Kingdom, 4th Oct 2017, Hilton on Park Lane, London

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

Stephen Tanno, Director - Pre Construction, Schüco International

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address

Syed Zakir Ahmed, Chairman, Zak Group

08.55 - 09.20

What will disrupt the current façade technology status quo?

  • Façades have not seen major changes in technology since curtain walls in the 1950s, point support glazing in the 1980s and ETFE in 1990s, only improvements of materials and systems
  • Change is constant and appears to be accelerating - but not so quickly in the construction industry
  • Will materials, methods and design drivers emerge that will disrupt the status quo?
Russell Cole, Associate Director, Arup

09.20 - 09.45

Pushing the envelope - Performance, character and innovation

John Bushell, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox

09.45 - 10.05

Standing out from the crowd - Utilising façade technologies to create architecture with identity

Ed Daines, Associate Director, WilkinsonEyre

10.05 - 10.25

Ductal®, an innovative & cost effective façade

  • Lightweight mineral long-lasting solution
  • Monolithic: All in one!
  • Fire resistance
Pascal Pinet, Project Manager, Ductal® by LafargeHolcim Carlos Piles, Head of Ductal® Europe, Ductal® by LafargeHolcim

10.25 - 10.45


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.45 - 11.10

Complex building forms: Beyond geometric analysis

  • Increases in computational power has unlocked the potential for individually manufactured cladding panels and digital fabrication. What analysis and systems are available to adopt the complex more routinely and cost effectively?
  • Increases in complexity and cost effectiveness means that we can not longer rely on worst case designs for analysis. How can we further automate algorithms for structural analysis to help solve this problem?
  • As regulations for energy use are becoming more stringent, ever more detail of the building envelope needs to be designed to perform thermally. How can we inform early stage design of non-repeating geometry, to optimise the building envelope?
Kenneth Zammit, Group Director - Façades, BuroHappold Engineering

11.10 - 11.35

Façades for our common future - Requirements & potentials

  • Optimizing health and safety
  • Minimizing CO2-emissions
  • Playing the digital transformation
Dr. Winfried Heusler, Senior Vice President - Global Building Excellence, Schüco International

11.35 - 12.05

Design in Communication

  • The instrumentality of appearance
  • Information – rich environments
  • The need for aesthetic revolutions
Patrik Schumacher, Principal, Zaha Hadid Architects

12.05 - 12.50

PANEL DISCUSSION: Innovations in façade construction for modern architecture

  • Digital Influence on façade construction: How is the horizon changing?
  • State-of-the-art trends in contemporary façade designs & aesthetics for European projects
  • Culminating complexity of design with safety and sustainability features of the façade
  • Latest materials on the block being used for contemporary façade designs coupled with enhanced safety features


John Downes, Head of Façades - Europe, LendLease


Stephen Light, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Colman Billings, Managing Director, Billings Design Associates Simone Starnini, Façade Engineering Leader, Laing O'Rourke Wayne McKiernan, Director, PLP ArchitectureDuncan Richard, Director, FMDC James Hind, Associate Director, SimpsonHaugh & Partners

12.50 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

Session Chair

Ingo Stelzer, Manager - Global Technical Consultancy, Kuraray Europe

13.40 - 14.00

Digital revolution aiding futuristic façade construction

  • Façade industry 4.0
  • High expectations – Great challenges
Lars Anders, Group Managing Director, Priedemann

14.00 - 14.20

The dream of unlimited resources – Cradle-to-Cradle

  • The Sustainability Triangle: let us make the difference
  • The Cradle-to-Cradle concept and certification
  • Cradle-to-Cradle for the construction industry
Dr Mathias Behrens, Managing Director, Technoform Bautec Kunststoffprodukte

14.20 - 14.40

The future of façades through innovation in connected glass

  • Natural light management
  • Smart-tinting façades… to create comfortable spaces
  • Outstanding aesthetics & design
Benoît Domercq, New Business Development Manager, AGC Glass Europe

14.40 - 15.00

Adding additional properties to high performance glass through interlayers

  • Acoustic properties
  • Structural properties
  • Combining acoustic & structural properties
Sandeep Kashyap, Market Development Manager - UK and Ireland, Kuraray

15.00 - 15.20

Consideration of façade acoustics - How to improve performance and quality by design

  • Acoustic terminology & sound transmission paths
  • Compliance and testing
  • Performance limiting factors & acoustic enhancing products
Mike Carrick, Technical Officer - Construction Acoustics, Siderise Group

15.20 - 15.50

PANEL DISCUSSION: Innovations in Glass: Enhancing architectural façade design flexibility

  • Multi-layered envelopes: Novel approaches with multi-layered glazed façade execution
  • Refurbishing with structural glass: Taking aesthetics and value addition together
  • Glazing with large glass panes: Strategies to steer clear with challenges of their application
  • Curved laminated glass: Structural behaviour and performance of cold bending


Saverio Pasetto, Façade Technical Director, Skanska


Graham Dodd, Director, Arup Phil Sedge, Head of Façades, Mace Dr. Thomas Henriksen, Technical Director - Global Façade Lead, Mott MacDonald Ron Hull, Marketing Manager - EMEA & America, Kuraray

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

Session Chair

Sean Butler, Sales Director - Metal Construction, Schüco UK

13.40 - 14.00

The changing face of commercial buildings

  • Reducing the dependency of glass
  • A new aesthetic of solidity
  • The challenge of natural ventilation
Frank Filskow, Partner, Make Architects

14.00 - 14.20

Ultra-High performance materials and design across the UK

  • Innovating with ultra high performance concrete – Taking bridge technology to façades
  • Advanced simulation and computational design
  • On the frontier of complex and new best practice – going beyond the code
Mark Pniewski, Director - Façade Engineering, Ramboll

14.20 - 14.40

The contribution of the material manufacturer in façade quality & fire safety

  • Production capability & façade quality
  • Attributes of the façade & fire safety
  • The façade supply chain
Yannis Angelis, General Manager, Elval Colour

14.40 - 15.00

Fire safety: Routes to compliance over 18m

  • Regulations above and below 18m
  • Routes to compliance with regulations above 18m
  • Tips for successful specification
Roy Weghorst, Head of Regulatory Affairs - Fire, Kingspan

15.00 - 15.20

The need for adequate ventilation for airtight façades

  • Evolution of building design and ventilation
  • Requirements for need to ventilate for IAQ and IEQ
  • Natural ventilation - design considerations
Michael Reeves, UK Director, Renson

15.20 - 15.50

PANEL DISCUSSION: Façade ventilation: Reducing passive ventilation through smarter building envelopes

  • Low air infiltration rates, with controlled ventilation for fresh air
  • Combating weather through envelope insulation, and balance natural ventilation
  • Assessing the sustainability of such structures vis-à-vis building guidelines
  • Evaluation of mixed mode ventilation and cooling strategy
  • Consideration of acoustics in relation to ventilation


Ant Wilson MBE, Director - Sustainability & Advanced Design - Building Engineering, AECOM


Neesha Gopal, Regional Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology Mark Taylor, Director, Allies and Morrison Michael Reeves, UK Director, Renson Deborah Bookman, Associate Director, Squire & Partners Michael Swainson, Principal Engineer, BRE

15.50 - 16.10

Networking Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 5(18.00 - 19.45)

16.10 - 16.40

Expanding the Possible: Recent case studies from CCF to UHPC on high-profile design projects

Sergio De Gaetano, Senior Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

16.40 - 17.05

How will emerging technologies shape tomorrow’s transparency?

  • The latest landmark projects in structural glass
  • Emerging innovations and their potential applications
  • The challenge of managing energy performance
James O'Callaghan, Senior Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan  

17.05 - 17.12

PechaKucha: An idea warmer - 400 seconds for a new high-performance insulation that really works

Dr. Bettina-Gerharz-Kalte, Vice President Thermal Insulation, Evonik Resource Efficiency

17.12 - 17.57

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


Stephen Tanno, Director - Pre Construction, Schüco International


Nick Jackson, Director, Eric Parry Architects Steve Mudie, Partner, Alinea Cost Consulting Eilis Mcshane, Head of Façades, Multiplex Tony Ball, Commercial Director, Berkeley Homes (South East London) Danny Fitzgerald, National Architectural Manager, Schüco UK Damian Rogan, Director, Eckersley O’Callaghan Kevin Smith, Prater Sales Director, Lindner Group

17.57 - 18.00

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

18.00 - 19.30

Networking + Cocktails

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