2nd Aug 2018, The St. Regis, Kuala Lumpur

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 Asia (Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Hong Kong), Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), Africa (Kenya, Morocco and South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom and France) and Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) and the United States of America.

Now in it’s 46th edition globally, 5th edition in South East Asia and the 1st edition in Malaysia, the conference will discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will showcase the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

46th Edition - Zak World of Façades Malaysia, 2nd Aug 2018, The St. Regis, Kuala Lumpur

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address


08.55 - 09.25

Cities Alive: Designing green and sustainable façades for the tropics

  • Impact of green building envelopes on our urban ecosystem
  • Designing sustainable façades to combat the effects of climate change to foster urban biodiversity
  • Rethinking urban communities encouraging investment in sustainable city lifestyles for social cohesion
  • Clever examples of sustainable façades in the tropics and other parts of the world
Michael Chin, Principal - Façade Engineering Leader, Arup

09.25 - 09.50

Suitable way to deal with curtain wall appreciating the climate

  • Enhancing the breathability of the building through natural ventilation
  • Screening in the tropics
  • Project Showcase: Using Malaysian timber as a building envelope of a high rise building
Lillian Tay , Principal, Veritas Design Group

09.50 - 10.10

High performance, lightweight, long span building envelopes with ETFE

  • An introduction to projects, details, technology & advantages for ETFE façades & roofs
  • Fire, thermal, llght and wind load performance with ETFE
  • Case study on the 4,000m2 ETFE and steel structure at the British School Bandar Utama, KL
Matthew Penrose, Vice President - Sales, Vector Foiltec

10.10 - 10.30

Innovation in architectural metal coating systems

  • Understanding coil and extrusion coatings and end uses
  • Sustainable coating options for architects
  • Innovation in color and aesthetics
Mark MacDonald, Sales and Marketing Manager, Sherwin-Williams

10.30 - 10.50


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.50 - 11.10

Automated Robotic Assembly Line (ARAL)

  • The Idea: Where did the idea come from and how did it evolve
  • The Research: Research & identifying the gap, assessing current process technology and seeking out a suitable robotics company
  • The Findings: The old and the new, the virtual world and the proposed ARAL
Derek Bruce, Regional Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

11.10 - 11.30

Digitization and façades

  • The evolution of façade design
  • Systematically unique façades
  • New functions of the surface
Oliver Hans, Senior Manager for Insight & Foresight, Schüco International

11.30 - 12.00

On the edge

  • A discussion about façades and their contribution to the character of our urban environment
  • A look through the design, scale, craft and execution of projects over 25 years
  • Case Studies of key selected projects, starting with Melbourne Terrace through to contemporary projects like Australia 108 and PNB118
Nicky Drobis, Director, Fender Katsalidis

12.00 - 12.45

PANEL DISCUSSION: Sustainability and innovation through façades

  • The need for sustainable façades
  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet local Green Building regulations
  • Rating standards and stakeholder coordination for façades
  • Thermal performance in curtain wall & fenestration (OTTV)
  • Dynamic shading techniques


Serina Hijjas, Director, Hijjas Associates


Gregers Reimann, Managing Director, Ien Consultant Alif Arif, Senior Associate, Veritas Design Group Eduardo McIntosh, Associate, Grimshaw Sarly Adre Sarkum, Managing Director, Sarly Adre Sarkum Architecture Chris Wong, Founder & Director, C'arch Architecture + Design

12.45 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Decoding how to design aesthetically and environmentally articulate tall buildings

  • Fighting climate change with low energy consuming façades and building
  • Striking the right balance between Commercial & environmental appropriateness
  • Case study and project showcase highlighting challenges faced while designing sustainable glass façades
Stephen Pimbley, Director, Spark Architects

14.00 - 14.20

Dangerous façades

  • Fire which comes from the outside
  • Malaysian building code requirements
  • Designer/Contractor liabilities
Masoud Moinfar, Managing Director, Fenestra Malaysia

14.20 - 14.40

Challenges and developments in façades

  • New trends in architectural façade designs
  • Durability and sustainability
  • Developments with special coatings
Efthimios Zizos, Projects Manager, Elval Colour

14.40 - 15.00

High performance façade panel bonding

  • Silicone innovations for panel bonding
  • Architectural function & benefits
  • Review of 2 project cases and its challenges
Jayrold Bautista, Senior Application Engineer - High Performance Building, Dow Chemical

15.00 - 15.20

High performance glass on building façades

  • Multi comfort in buildings
  • Solutions of dynamic glazing
  • Services and solutions for glass
Jason Lee, Specification Manager ASEAN, Saint-Gobain Glass

15.20 - 15.40

Structural analysis of laminated glass

  • Viscoealstic behaviour of interlayers
  • Analysis approach in SUG -2018 and comparison with other country standards
  • Analysis for laminated glass fins
Malvinder Singh Rooprai, Technical Consultant - Asia Pacific Region, Kuraray

15.40 - 16.00

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

Design and construction process of an efficient façade project

  • Design to simplify the complexity
  • Understand and control of the procurement, fabrication and site
  • Façade process management
Andrew Seah, General Manager, Building Façade Group

16.20 - 16.40

Benefits of powder coatings in façade design

  • Performance standards and specification of powder coatings
  • Benefits of powder coatings
  • Recent innovations & track record in powder coatings
Russell Dickinson-Deane, Global Specification Manager, AkzoNobel

16.40 - 17.25

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


Daryl Burkett, General Manager, MMC Gamuda Tan Loke Mun, Director, ArchiCentre Feisal Noor, Executive Director - Project Management, AECOM Kevin Lew, Chief Operating Officer, EcoworldMasoud Moinfar, Managing Director, Fenestra Malaysia

17.25 - 17.30

Vote of Thanks

17.30 - 19.00

Networking Reception (by invite only)

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Associate Partners

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