27th Apr 2018, Hyatt Regency, Mumbai

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, Malaysia & Thailand), Greater China (Hong Kong), Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), Africa (Kenya & South Africa), Australia and the United Kingdom.

Now in it’s 42nd edition globally and 6th edition in Mumbai, 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

42nd Edition - Zak World of Façades India, 27th Apr 2018, Hyatt Regency, Mumbai

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.50 - 09.30

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

Rajeev Antony, Managing Director, Schueco India

09.30 - 09.40

Welcome Address


09.40 - 10.00

Sun Shading – Passive architectural solution using High Pressure Laminates

  • Significance of passive architecture
  • Energy efficiency benefits of sun shading using High Pressure Laminates
  • Social aspects of improving performance of built spaces
Prameena Karunairaj, Business Development Manager - Sun Shading Façade, FunderMax India

10.00 - 10.20

External dynamic solar shading and its effect on Indoor climate & Energy consumption

  • Concept of Dynamic External Shading
  • Benefits compared with Internal shading
  • Solutions for the External Dynamic Shading by RENSON
Frank Goudman, Export Manager - Asia, Renson

10.20 - 10.50

Intrinsic beauty of carapaces

  • Diversity of forms
  • Unified structures
  • Space responsive cladding materials
Dhananjay Dake, Founder, Construction Catalysers

10.50 - 11.10


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.10 - 11.30

Tensile membrane façade - Lightweight + durable

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

11.30 - 11.55

Building skins: Balancing performance and aesthetic considerations in the façade system

  • Critical importance of the building skin in realizing buildings that combine beauty and performance, efficiently and economically
  • Challenge and opportunity presented by building façade in achieving a sustainable and resilient urban habitat
Mic Patterson, Director Strategic Development, Schüco USA

11.55 - 12.25

Thick skins: Recent work case studies

  • Data-driven facades for a data-driven world
  • Pushing the limits of prefabrication
  • Learning by working across building cultures
Sameer Kumar, Director - Enclosure Design, Shop Architects | New York

12.25 - 13.10

PANEL DISCUSSION: Innovations for high performance functional facades

  • Digital Influence on façade construction: How is the horizon changing?
  • Multi layered envelopes - a way to high performance
  • Heat Island effect and design innovations to minimise the same
  • Culminating complexity of design with safety and sustainability features of the façade


KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades


Nilabh Nagar, Senior Associate, Architect Hafeez Contractor Zubin Zainuddin, Principal, ZZ Architects Sanhita Chaturvedi, Director, UHA India Kamlesh Choudhari, Director, Glass Wall Systems Namrata Mehra, Associate Vice President, Godrej Properties Sandeep Shikre, CEO, Sandeep Shikre & Associates Sharan Lund, General Manager - Design, Birla Estates

13.10 - 14.00

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

14.00 - 14.20

Building façades in services - Expensive mistakes and lessons learned

  • Poor designs and its impact on façades in service
  • Badly implemented details and its impact
  • Perils of façades implemented without any designs
Venugopal Shamrao Barkur, Associate, BES Consultants

14.20 - 14.40

Ventilated façades with sintered stone

  • What is sintered stone?
  • Types of ventilated façades
  • Types of fixing systems
Alvaro Palencia, Architectural Project Manager, TheSize Surfaces

14.40 - 15.00

Façade consultants – How seriously should you take them?

  • Where they come from and what they want
  • Design for a budget vs. budgeting a design
  • What is the interface to the fabricator
  • Who is competent
Micha Pawelka, Managing Director, Priedemann Façade Expert

15.00 - 15.20

Glass interlayers

  • Uses and applications of interlayers
  • Performance enhancement by right interlayer application
Christoph Troska, Manager - Global Architecture Segment, Trosifol® World of Interlayers

15.20 - 15.40

Emerging trends & technologies for building façade

  • Services for the industry from Dow
  • Innovations from Dow
Dharmesh Shah, General Manager - Performance Silicones, Dow Chemical Company

15.40 - 16.00

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

The future of glass façade

Sourabh Kankar, Regional Manager, Gujarat Guardian

16.20 - 16.40

How to overcome on challenges on façade

  • Design factor
  • Fabrication factor
  • Execution factor
Hitesha Thakur, VP - Design, Glass Wall Systems

16.40 - 17.25

Challenges in Façade Execution

  • Façade deliveries, understanding and mitigating risk
  • Designing for safety
  • Engineered system facades and how to use them to benefit seamless façade execution
  • On site logistics and execution challenges
  • Possible pitfalls and their avoidance


Mic Patterson, Director Strategic Development, Schueco USA


Vivek Bhole, Principal, Vivek Bhole Architects Prashant Mewada, Director - Operations, Runwal Group Samidha Lad, Vice President, Urbania Realty Eshan Hemrajani, Director, Glass Wall Systems Atul Bhandari, Director, RSP Design Balaji Chandran, Head - Application Engineering, FunderMax India Uday Malavia, GM - Engineering (Facade), Oberoi Realty

17.25 - 17.30

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