12th Apr 2018, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

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 40th edition globally and 2nd edition in the African region, 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

40th Edition - Zak World of Façades South Africa, 12th Apr 2018, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address


09.00 - 09.30

Architectural perspectives: Façades for Africa

  • Showcase of façade projects in up to 10 different countries – lessons learnt
  • African Capital Cities: the Why of the Look
  • Optimization and Software Integration: Casebook study: Hilton Garden Inn, Mbabane
Henning Rasmuss, Director, Paragon Group

09.30 - 10.00

Design optimisation and the building envelope

  • Building envelope performance
  • Parametric conceptual design
  • Design & detailing automation
Rui Vieira Rodrigues, Associate Director - Façade Engineering, Arup

10.00 - 10.20

Tensile membrane façade - Lightweight + durable

  • Functions and benefits
  • Market opportunities
  • Tensile membrane façade systems
Frederic Roure, Regional Manager - Africa, Serge Ferrari

10.20 - 10.40


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.40 - 11.10

Why we do what we do and how we do it (so far) - Pure façades

  • Case studies on the South African projects SASOL, Discovery, KPMG Cape Town (oops Halyard House), 2 PYBUS Sandton and Katherine Towers
Neil MacLeod, Director, Pure Consulting Mark Jones, 3D Modelor, Pure Consulting

11.10 - 11.30

Compatibility issues with structural glazing

  • Substrates
  • Other glazing components
  • Solutions
Stuart Wakeham, Business Development Director Glazing (Asia and Africa), Tremco Illbruck

11.30 - 12.00

Design with a twist (The Waterfall tower)

  • Design challenges of a twisting façade
  • Understanding and mitigating the impact of solar reflections from concave façades
  • Architectural and structural collaboration
Warren Stanley, Architectural Director, LYT Architecture

12.00 - 12.45

PANEL DISCUSSION: Sustainable Buildings: Façades as the key element for efficiency

  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet local Green Building regulations
  • High performance glass: Specifying glass correctly for optimized usage in African region
  • Dynamic solar shading techniques: Managing heat gains and controlling cooling loads
  • Thermal performance in curtain wall & fenestration
  • Augmenting health and well-being of the inhabitants through innovations in façade design and materials


Paul Carew, Director, PJ Carew Consulting


Linda Ness, Director, Ness Consulting Martin Meinesz, Director, RLB Pentad Chilufya Lombe, Partner, Solid Green Ian Manson-Kullin, Director, DSA Architects Marco Macagnano, Head of Sustainability, Bentel Associates

12.45 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Inside is the new outside - Bringing solar shading elements into the building

  • Clearing misconception that internal shading cannot provide similar performance to external shading
  • Understanding the building physics of internal shading
  • Achieving greater performance combined with more aesthetics by having shading internal to the glazing line removing a lot of the structural pressure on the devices and allowing for lighter and moveable devices being financially and technically viable
Paul Carew, Director, PJ Carew Consulting

14.00 - 14.20

Please mind the gap

  • C + E = FE
  • How to realise your facade project stays within clients budget
  • How to assure your façade will be executed in time and quality
Alexander Tornow, Managing Director, Pridemann Africa

14.20 - 14.40

Why value engineering is the future?

  • Building design requirements
  • Fixation solutions
  • Don’t take anything for granted: Value engineering real examples
Tatiana Masalska-Laska, Head of Façade - META, Hilti Paul Tsalolikhin, Global Marketing Director (Facades), Hilti

14.40 - 15.00

Quality lies in the details: The ACP case

  • Characteristics of Aluminium
  • Core composition and fire classification
  • Coating systems
Angelos Zografos, Technical Sales Engineer, Elval Colour

15.00 - 15.20

Product service concepts for building envelopes

  • Case studies and new façade products
  • New financial and legal models
  • Circular façade construction
Dr Tillmann Klein, Professor Building Product Innovation, Department of Architectural Engineering + Technology, Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment, TU Delft Netherlands

15.20 - 15.40

Analysis of single vertical tension cable system

  • Stress patterns & features of cable structures
  • Precautions in the design & construction of tension cable system
  • Case study on completed projects
Ellison Wang, Regional Manager - Africa, Guangdong Kinlong Hardware Products

15.40 - 16.00

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

Innovative ideas for glass – Glare + Shading

  • Problems with glare and high sunlight in African countries
  • Introducing ecoTHERM (IGU) with Solera®- 'the Real Daylighting Solution'
  • Bespoke façades with MESHDECO Sefar®- Architecture Vision
Firoz Kachwala, Director, Future Architectural Glass

16.20 - 16.40

Thermal break systems - The solution for saving energy, the environment and money

  • Defining thermal break systems
  • Advantages
  • Evolution
Alex Dantziguian, Managing Director, Technoform Middle East

16.40 - 17.25

Digital Fishbowl

  • Delve into informal discussions on best practices in Façade Project Management prevalent in South Africa. The moderator-led open house discussion will provide the opportunity to include the views and thoughts of each of the attendees following the deliberations of the day. All questions to the panelists will be posted digitally via your smartphone with a simple interface.

17.25 - 17.30

Vote of Thanks

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