8th Feb 2018, International Convention Centre, Sydney

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), United Kingdom and now Australia.

Now in its 38th edition globally and the 1st edition in Australia, 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

37th Edition - Zak World of Façades Australia, 8th Feb 2018, International Convention Centre, Sydney

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

Mic Patterson, Director of Strategic Development, Schüco USA

08.50 - 09.00

Welcome Address


09.00 - 09.30

Façades – What’s new and what’s next?

  • Materials - current and future trends
  • Façade systems - We’ve used the same type of systems for a long time… What might drive change, and what could this change be?
  • Façade design and documentation in the digital world
Kerryn Coker, Principal - Architectural Engineering Team Leader, Arup

09.30 - 10.00

The Architectural Envelope: Performance and Meaning

Richard Francis-Jones, Design Director, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

10.00 - 10.20

Curtain walls - A digitally engineered solution

  • Project execution
  • The Permasteelisa Approach - PMF
  • Project benefits (BIM, Facilities Management)
Michael O'Reilly, Design Director - Exteriors Asia Region, Permasteelisa

10.20 - 10.40

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

10.40 - 11.00


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.00 - 11.20

The current state of façades in Australia

  • History of glass in the last 25 years
  • Challenges in procurement and quality of glass
  • Latest technologies in glass
Oliver Ng, Director, BG&E Façades

11.20 - 11.45

A practical approach to facades for a diverse range of applications

  • Constructive solutions, fixing solutions, colour customisation & portfolio of services
  • Certifications, validation tests, warranties
  • Advanced logistics & worldwide presence
Valentín Tijeras García, VP - Global Product & R&D, Cosentino Group

11.45 - 12.15

Performative patterns

  • Accentuating the necessary
  • Adding value through design
  • High performance, Passive sustainability
Fred Holt, Partner, 3XN

12.15 - 13.00

PANEL DISCUSSION: Energy codes, ratings & guidelines for façades

  • Sustainable façades for the region: Attaining energy performance requirements through building envelopes
  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet local Green Building regulations
  • NCC updates for building energy efficiency measures: Optimal efficiency rate for residential vis-à-vis commercial building
  • Rating standards and stakeholder coordination for façades: Will energy-efficient be economically efficient?
  • Thermal performance in curtain wall & fenestration (OTTV)
  • Dynamic shading techniques: Evaluating innovative materials


Clare Parry, Director, Grün Consulting


Hugh Keithly, Director - Façade Engineering, Arcadis David Clark, Partner, Cundall Jessica Liew, Director, Plus Architecture Troy Uleman, Director, PTW Architects Paul Stoller, Managing Director, Atelier Ten

13.00 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Climate : Landscape : Porosity

Andrew Cortese, Managing Principal, Grimshaw

14.00 - 14.20

Challenges and opportunities on super high rise façades in Australia

  • Working with Asian Investors vs Local Developers
  • Understanding key motivators for decision making for various stakeholders: Developers, Architects, Façade Consultants and Builders
  • Working with façade system and material suppliers in Australia and overseas
  • Market trend in the future
Li Yang, Technical Director - Built Environment, Aurecon

14.20 - 14.40

AS 5113 full scale wall test compliance

  • What is AS 5113 and BS8414?
  • System construction
  • Pathway to compliance (eg Alpolic FR ACM)
Benjamin Hughes-Brown, Director, Ignis Solutions

14.40 - 15.00

Fire protection system for vertical joints of curtain walling

  • Importance of fire protection for the vertical joint of curtain walling
  • Fire resistance test standard for the vertical joint
  • Design considerations: acoustic performance, movement capacity, smoke tightness and fire stopping
Sam Keung, Regional Manager - BU Fire Protection, Hilti

15.00 - 15.20

Rear ventilated façade materials - Trespa® Meteon & Swisspearl®

  • Features of rear ventilated façade systems
  • Colour range & retention
  • Applications
  • Project case studies
Andrew Pike, National Product Manager - Swisspearl®, HVG Façade Solutions Neil Weatherstone, National Product Manager - Trespa®, HVG Façade Solutions

15.20 - 15.40

Sealing & bonding technologies in façades

  • Hidden fixation of ventilated rainscreen cladding with the SikaTack Panel System
  • High strength glass bonding in curtain walls
  • Weather sealing & fire retardant sealing
Steven Theron, Technical Sales Representative, Sika

15.40 - 16.00

Networking Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

Navigating façade risk

  • Key design aspects
  • Mitigating construction issues
  • Production oversight
Oliver Varley, Associate, Inhabit Group Matthew Davidson, Associate, Inhabit Group

16.20 - 16.27

PechaKucha: 60 Martin Place - Sydney; Explorations in Civic Form

Tony Grist, Head of Design - Architecture, Hassell

16.27 - 16.47

How low-e coatings improve building performance

  • Coating processes of “solar control” and “passive” low-e glasses
  • Impact of coatings on glass performance and the energy efficiency of buildings
  • Common performance measures
  • “Spectrally selective” glazings
Deron Patterson, International Sales Manager – Flat Glass, Vitro Architectural Glass

16.47 - 17.07

Which interlayer for which application ?

  • Interlayers offer additional properties to glass (safety, acoustic, aesthetics, UV- control, structural properties,…)
  • Guidelines on how to chose the right interlayers
Phillip Davies, Consultant, Davies Laminated Glass Consulting

17.07 - 17.50

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


Mic Patterson, Director of Strategic Development, Schüco USA


Robert Ousey, Principal, Architectus Kieran Rice, Technical Director - Façade Practice Lead ANZ, AECOM Mark Curzon, Director of Architecture, Fender Katsalidis John Perry, Associate Principal, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp David Fung, Façade Director, Built

17.50 - 17.55

Vote of Thanks

17.55 - 19.15

Networking + Cocktails

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