18th Sep 2019, Titanic Chaussee, Berlin

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on façade design & engineering having attracted over 21,144 delegates across its 61 completed editions. The conference is currently being organised in 25 countries in 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), Africa (Kenya, Egypt, Morocco & South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany & Sweden), Australasia (Australia & New Zealand) and the United States of America.

This is the 69th edition globally and the 1st edition in Germany. It will witness 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.de

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

69th Edition - Zak World of Façades Germany, 18th Sep 2019, Titanic Chaussee, Berlin

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

Susanne Di Iulio, Senior Project Manager, Schüco International

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address


08.55 - 09.25

Chances out of Change for the Building Envelope Industry: Our Future Beyond Digitalization and AI Disruption

  • The new design, execution and facility management process
  • How to go shopping
  • Digital business models
Lars Anders, Managing Director, Priedemann Façade Experts

09.25 - 09.50

Reflections on Transparency

  • High-end office façade design on the German market
  • An architect’s perspective on aesthetics and performance
Klaus Ransmayr, Partner, Henn Giovanni Betti, Senior Associate - Head of Performance Design, Henn

09.50 - 10.10


  • New Dimensions, ew Challenges?
  • Daylight, reflection and overlength
Andreas Bittis, Architectural Specification Manager, Saint Gobain

10.10 - 10.30

Complex, Transparent and Efficient - Different Case Studies

  • Transparent and high-performance
  • Complex façades
  • Sustainable solutions
Roland Bechmann, Managing Director and Partner, Werner Sobek

10.30 - 10.50


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.50 - 11.15

Stadium Façades

  • Development of the typology stadium façade
  • Importance of the façade for the stadium
  • Stadium roof as 5th façade
Markus Pfisterer, Associate Partner, GMP Architects

11.15 - 11.35

Redefining Solar Shading

  • Today's challenges in the industry
  • Future calculation requirements
  • A vision for the industry
Christian Lygum, CSO, MicroShade

11.35 - 12.00

From E-Mobility Towards E-Buildings

  • Current real estate industry behind its climate protection goals
  • Blue Buildings – an innovative approach for ecological and economic buildings
  • Plus-Energy and Cradle to Cradle® best practices approaches towards climate and resources protection
Michael Bauer, Managing Director, Drees & Sommer Advanced Building Technologies

12.00 - 11.20

Safe, Slim and Sustainable - Redefining Thermal Insulation

  • Durable, recyclable, non-toxic
  • Safe and non-combustible
  • Reference objects: Value creation with CALOSTAT®
Dr. Bettina-Gerharz-Kalte, Vice President - Thermal Insulation, Evonik Resource Efficiency

12.20 - 12.50

5 Façades - 5 Stories

  • A building’s façade is more than skin deep and it conveys a message about its owner and occupant, effects the building’s overall performance, contributes to the urban fabric of the neighborhood in which it is located
  • How different façades and materiality has helped shape and define the identity and storytelling of the building and the client
  • Stories includes case studies on the Royal Arena in Copenhagen (wood), the International Olympic Committee’s Headquarters in Lausanne (glass), the Courthouse in Frederiksberg (brick), the Blue Planet Aquarium in Copenhagen (aluminium) and the Headquarters of Horten Law firm in Copenhagen (travertine)
Jan Ammundsen, Senior Partner & Head of Design, 3XN Architects

12.50 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Using Digital Technologies to Enhance the Design and Fabrication of Façades

  • Digital design / modularity through parametrics
  • Digital production of fritted glazing
  • 3D support for challenging montage situations
Andrew Kiel, Associate Director, Sauerbruch Hutton

14.00 - 14.20

Progressive Façades – Innovation in Dynamic Environments

  • Hidden and visible qualities
  • How national factors influence the development
  • Innovation in the context of dynamic projects
Florian Scheible, Director, Knippers Helbig

14.20 - 14.40

Towards Robustness

  • A robust building operation will reduce performance gap and increase user satisfaction
  • A low-tech, passive focused operation is increasing robustness
Thomas Auer, Managing Director, Transsolar

14.40 - 15.00

Smart Façades for Smart Buildings - A Case Study

  • Highly energy efficient
  • Connected for occupant comfort
  • Maximizing building value
Thomas Meissner, Architectural Project Manager, SageGlass

15.00 - 15.20

Bringing Design and Durability to Incredible Heights

  • Enabling design freedom and building functionality with advanced technologies
  • Optimizing safety and security of high rise construction
  • The proven contribution of silicone materials to façade quality and longevity
Enrico Cutri, Global Building Project Specification Manager - High Performance Building, Dow

15.20 - 15.40

Laminated Glass: Expanding Glazing Possibilities in Buildings

  • Optimizing laminated glass in structural, acoustic and decorative applications
  • Expanding laminated glass durability and clarity
Jochen Regenauer, Manager - Market Development EMEA, Kuraray

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

Session Chair

Robert Jagger, Sales Manager - DACH Region, Halio Europe & Middle East

13.40 - 14.00

Identity of the Material

  • Material-appropriate use of façade cladding
  • Façades in metal and natural stone
  • Case studies: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Hotel Concorde, Headquarters of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (Federal Intelligence Service)
Nicolas Winklmair, Senior Architect, Kleihues + Kleihues

14.00 - 14.20

The Future of Building Envelopes

  • Designing our building envelopes for people
  • Developing envelopes that contribute to meeting the active energy needs of the buildings and possibly even exceeds them
  • Analysing the terrific scope for new design options, materials and technology diversity, the success of which also represents social benefit in the long term
  • Developing green building envelopes concepts that are tailored to local and climatically relevant conditions and achieve manifold positive effects that complete each other in the best possible way towards a healthier and more sustainable built environment
Rudi Scheuermann, Global Leader Building Envelope Design, Arup

14.20 - 14.40

Fire Safety of Façades

  • Safety targets and failure mechanisms of façades in fire
  • Special requirements of facades dependant on the type of building
  • Exemplary construction details to fulfill the safety targets
Christoph Klinzmann, Head of Office - Hamburg, hhpberlin

14.40 - 15.00

Stainless Steel as a Façade Material – Aesthetic, Durable & Sustainable

  • Sustainable features of stainless steel
  • Available surface finishes and their influence on aesthetical appearance
  • Highly corrosion resistance duplex grades in architectural quality
Jörn Teipel, Lead Technical Manager – Architecture, Outokumpu -->

15.00 - 15.20

Powder Coating Technologies Supporting Façade Design

  • Performance standards and benefits of powder coatings
  • Specification of powder coatings
  • Recent innovations & track record
Dominique Berger, Business Consultant Architecture, AkzoNobel

15.20 - 15.40

Re-imagine Façades

  • Innovative solutions for the design of urban element façades
  • Dekton for façades
  • Case study: KAP West, Munich
Pierre Heck, Managing Director, Cosentino Deutschland

15.40 - 16.00

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 5(18.00 - 19.45)

16.00 - 16.20

Killing Stereotypes in Façade Engineering

  • Today challenges for building envelopes
  • Functionality and aesthetic sustainability
  • Practical approaches
Daniel Pfanner, Partner, Bollinger + Grohmann Consulting

16.20 - 16.40

Ködispace 4SG, the Key to Energy Efficient Cold-Bent Structural Glazing Façade

  • Ködispace 4SG, the high end thermoplastic warm-edge spacer system
  • Advantages of a reactive thermoplastic spacer in case of cold-bent SG-façades
  • Improved energy efficiency through long-term gastight IGU’s
Dr. Christian Scherer, Head of Business Development - Façade/Solar, H.B.Fuller/Kömmerling

16.40 - 17.25

PANEL DISCUSSION: Digital Innovations in Façade Construction for Modern Architecture

  • Influence of technological advancements on façade construction: How is the horizon changing?
  • State-of-the-art trends in contemporary façade designs & aesthetics for German projects
  • Culminating complexity of design with safety and sustainability features of the façade
  • Realising complex façade designs through BIM: Benefits and challenges


Stephanie Heese, General Manager, Priedemann Façade Experts


Konrad Hofmann, Project Manager, Eike Becker Architekten Jürgen Stake, Project Service Façades Building Berlin, HOCHTIEF Infrastructure Aikaterini Doulkari, Senior Façade Engineer, BuroHappold Engineering Dr. Christian Bergmann, Senior Architect / Project Management, Teherani Architects Tobias Wallisser, Partner, LAVA

17.25 - 17.30

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

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