28th Oct 2020, Clayton Burlington Road, Dublin

About the Event


Zak World of Façades, an international conference series on façade design & engineering, has attracted over 25,000+ delegates across its 75 completed editions as of date. This one day conference is currently being organised in over 30 countries around the globe such as the Middle East (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait & Saudi Arabia), South Asia (India & Sri Lanka), South East Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam & Indonesia), East Asia (South Korea, Greater China & Japan), Africa (Kenya, Egypt, Morocco & South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Ireland, Denmark & Sweden), Australasia (Australia & New Zealand) and North America (USA & Canada).

This is the 79th global edition and the 1st edition in Dublin. It will highlight the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and will also showcase latest technological solutions.

For registration visit www.facades.irish

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

94th Edition - Zak World of Façades Ireland, 28th Oct 2020, Clayton Burlington Road, Dublin

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address


08.55 - 09.20

Going Tall: Lessons Learned in the Design of Façades for Tall and Super-Tall Buildings

  • In-cloud icing, wind tunnel testing, axial shortening, detailing techniques, testing and maintenance strategies
  • Future trends in façade design for high-rise buildings
Colman Billings, Managing Director, Billings Design Associates

09.20 - 09.45

Sustainable Redevelopment of an Iconic Mid-Century Modern Building: Case Studies

  • Futureproofing our 20th century architectural heritage: Sustainable redevelopment of a listed modern building
  • Modernism revisited: Development of a new thin-skin twin-wall system
Ronan Phelan, Director, Scott Tallon Walker Architects

09.45 - 10.05

The Pathway to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings (NZCB)

  • The here and now
  • Envelope 1st strategy
Barry Sherry, Business Development Manager, Kingspan Façades

10.05 - 10.25

The Smart Envelope – Does Dynamic Glazing Make it Possible?

  • Cumulative effects of innovation to date
  • Industrial revolution 4.0 and cloud based control
  • Strategy for maximizing opportunity, minimizing risk
Robert Jagger, Sales Manager - DACH Region, Halio International

10.25 - 10.50


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.55 - 11.15

EXO – A Project Case Study

  • Pre-fabricated façade concept
  • External superstructure considerations
  • Testing & installation
Neil Murphy, Partner, MFS Group

11.15 - 11.35

Unconventional Perspectives on Sustainability

  • Sustainability from a system supplier’s point of view
  • Benefits of local off- site façade manufacturing
  • Case study: Spencer Place, Dublin
Stefan Trifonov, Senior Façade Engineering Expert, Schüco International

11.35 - 12.05

Environmentally Responsive Façades

  • Orientation specific
  • Breathing envelope
  • Use of timber
Karen McEvoy, Director, Bucholz McEvoy Architects

12.05 - 12.50

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 materials for façade: What works best for heat retaining in the region?
  • Culminating complexity of design and aesthetics with sustainability of the façade
  • Taking cue from UN17 goals for sustainable façade design and construction
  • Augmenting health and well-being of the inhabitants through façade innovations


Andrew Lundberg, Director, Passivate Energy Consultants


Bobby Conroy, Architect Director, BDP Andrew Griffin, Co-Founder, Urban Agency Cian Dowling, Director, Axis Engineering Patrick Field, Director, OCSC

12.50 - 13.50

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.50 - 14.10

Urban Façades at Dublin Landings

  • Concept
  • Detail design
  • Implementation
John Hanley, Director, RKD

14.10 - 14.30

Over Façades

  • Designing buildings where the conception of the façade is based on the technical concept of placing an over façade to the exterior of an conventional façade
  • Project case studies
Tom Gray, Founding Partner, T/E/S/S

14.30 - 14.50

Evolution of Powder Coatings

  • The rise of superdurable finishes: Stone, GRC, Anodising, Corten and Copper effects
  • Best practice for specifying special effect finishes
  • Case studies in Ireland and beyond
Naveen Sandhu, Specification Manager - UK & Ireland, AkzoNobel

14.50 - 15.10

Fire Safety: Considerations in Façade Design

  • Façade fire preferences relative to evacuation strategy
  • Vertical fire spread risks – key parameters
  • Current design practice and guidance
Michael Slattery, Principal, MSA Fire Engineers

15.10 - 15.30

A Global Perspective on Routes to Compliance, Product and System Testing

  • A review of the fundamental requirements from first principals
  • Highlight the critical interface between the floor slab and the façade system
  • Development of best practice to control external and internal vertical fire spread
Steve Swales, Director, Siderise Group

15.30 - 16.00

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

A Time for Change - Lean Design and Production

  • Adopting lean thinking methodologies to façade design and development
  • Improvement of productivity
  • Digital transformation
Pat Kirwan, Associate, Henry J Lyons

16.20 - 16.27

PechaKucha 20x20 | Façade Design: Airtightness Simplified

  • Approach to façade design that offers a safer and simplified system
  • Energy efficiency improvements from airtightness modelling can improve the built up wall design
  • Unique market leading technology that is being welcomed into the façade industry and by warranty providers
James Brackenreed-Johnston, Specification Manager, Proctor Group

16.27 - 17.13

Panel Discussion: Understanding Façade Process Management - FPM


Stephen Tanno, Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco International


Des O'Broin, Director, Linesight David Lee, Construction Director, Collen Paul Greene, Director, Greene Façades Pierce Fahy, Associate, O’Mahony Pike Architects

17.13 - 17.20

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

17.20 - 18.30

Post Event Networking Reception

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