23 - 25 SEPTEMBER 2018
Dubai World Trade Centre
10 am to 7 pm daily
Titanium Sponsor - Schuco

CPD-Certified Workshops - FREE TO ATTEND

  • Introduction to the concept of life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) of buildings and materials
  • Outlining how LCCA how this is key to determining the true cost of buildings
  • Comparative LCCA of façade systems for different building types
  • Using LCCA principles to develop façade design and construction strategies that reduce environmental impact and also reduce costs over a building’s life cycle
  • Lessons learnt from real world case studie

Michel Francis, Chief Architect and Design Director, DEC

Digital tools have been used for a while to assist in carrying out computer-based engineering analysis as opposed to traditional manual calculation, and that has helped in improving the ability to analyse any given engineering task in a faster and more accurate manner. Digital tools have empowered design teams in terms of their ability to model and manipulate highly complex geometric forms and shapes. However, digital tools, including BIM, have not yet reached their potentials from a holistic design standpoint, and have therefore been serving design teams in production and coordination, less so much in actual design problem solving and design evaluation. Therefore, the gap between the ability of design teams to produce challenging looking designs and their ability to validate those designs and evaluate their value is growing wider. This workshop will offer attendees a wider spectrum in terms of how digital tools can be used by project teams more effectively from a design standpoint from design to delivery using algorithmic thinking augmented by BIM.

Abdulmajid Karanouh, Director, Head of Innovation Design, Facades & Sustainability, Ramboll

  • Introduction to WELL design philosophy and concepts
  • Understanding the background to WELL design philosophy and how it has evolved
  • Integrated design and engineering that enhances occupant wellbeing and productivity
  • Implementation of WELL and comparison with existing building standards (LEED)
  • Sustainable, wellbeing-oriented design, optimizing:             

               Indoor air quality
               Water quality
               Thermal and acoustic controllability

Dalia Wagdi, Sustainability Consultant, AESG

  • Update on the Façade-related aspects of the new UAE FLS Code
  • Key points to consider
  • Strategy for compliance


Andy Dean, Head of Facades, WSP

  • Exterior Wall Construction – Code Demands, Fire Testing, and Striking the Balance with Building Envelope Performance

  • Understand the upcoming UAE Code changes surrounding exterior walls

  • Obtain an overview of some of the prevalent exterior wall fire test methods (such as NFPA 285 and NFPA 268)

  • Learn about UL’s certification programs for Exterior Wall Systems & Components


Jonathan J. Gonzalez, Project Engineer - Building & Life Safety Technologies, Underwriters Laboratories Middle East FZ-LLC


  • Types of standards in the construction sector
  • How standards empower to quantify quality and safety in a dynamic world
  • Explaining Testing, Certification and Inspection with a case study of Cladding Fire Safety 
  • Exploring the challenges of compliance with testing requirement of standards within the construction sector 
  • Understanding the types of testing requirements for the construction sector, including examples of key products and testing required to support certification

Abhishek Chhabra, Business Development, Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants



  • The standard for coated architectural aluminium: Assessing the benefits of using Qualicoat
  • Overview of the powder coating process
  • Classes of finishes and how to specify and maintain
  • Recommendations for care of coated aluminium if it does go wrong
  • Comparison between Qualicoat and other certification standards of powder coatings

Yulia Gvozdeva, Chairperson, Marketing Working Group, Quali Middle East Association

  • Global specification standards
  • Powder coatings technologies, being complied with global durability standards
  • What are the new color trends and how do those support architectural design?

Maria Malo, Regional Business Development Manager, Middle East & Africa, AzkoNobel Powder Coatings

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  •          Introduction to the latest software technologies enhancing façade design and efficiency
  •          Highlighting the merits and capabilities as well as identifying any constraints of working with different programs
  •           Getting the most out of your technology: How to optimize your results

Sarah Coogan, Associate, Inhabit Asia ME

  •          The Building Sector:  Most significant and least costly path to long-term energy savings and            sustainability 
  •          Assessing global warming and it’s impacts on the future of buildings in the GCC including                regional rises in temperature, humidity and other factors and how this is affecting building              performance and interior comfort levels
  •          Large Building Case Study: Introducing the latest building testing technologies for more                  accurate and less costly building envelope integrity performance assessments
  •          Recommendations for the way ahead including building code regulations improvements and            building professionals action items 

William Whistler, Founder & Managing Director, Green Building Solutions International

  •          Design tips to improve energy ratings
  •          Ensuring best practice in fire and life safety ratings
  •          Ensuring accessibility for operations and maintenance of facades including cleaning and                  removals
  •          Top tips for façade access to be included from design stage

Mick Dalton, Director FM Meraas Estates Division, Meraas Holding Company


  • New technologies that maintain the view through the building façade while blocking glare and heat
  • Methods to make effective use of daylight in the building?
  • What is solar heat gain coefficient and how to make it dynamic?
  • Overview of electrochromic technology in the façade industry
  • Highlighting how the façade can save energy and contribute to LEED requirements in a project
  • What makes people comfortable and productive while they live inside the buildings?

Alain Garnier, Manager Sales and Business Development – Middle East, Saint-Gobain SageGlass

  • Introduction to designing buildings that are low energy, adapted to climate change and also aesthetically pleasing
  • Outlining key requirements of LEED and Estidama to improve the energy rating of your building
  • Passive solar control
  • Strategies to cost-effectively optimize energy efficiency of building envelopes

Belarmino Cordero, Division Manager – Facades, AESG

  • Meeting the trends in modern architectural designs with invisible bonding
  • Applications, performance characteristics and transparency which enable highly functional glass construction and assembly
  • Pushing the boundaries of strength and creativity with next generation technology and collaboration


Markus Plettau, Regional Market Leader – EMEA, Dow Performance Silicones

• Exploring the merits for engineers and supervisors to easily access a map view of all in-progress building, and navigate between them to check status.
• Understanding how aerial data can be accurately placed into as-built models, allowing an incident to be spotted before there is a problem.
• The integration and maximization of digitization technology and aerial data will be a highly competitive field, with early adopters winning business and maximizing profitability.
• A new perspective to see every detail of a site in its current state and from a remote location.
• Drone Building Inspection: estimates show that surveying a Building with a drone helped provide nearly a 75 percent time saving.
• Highlighting the data available on a construction site, through the use of drones goes beyond simple construction progress updates.
• Evaluating detailed façade inspection for high-rise building using UAV's to identify unsafe conditions.

David Fadayomi , Commercial Manager, Technometer, Drone Solution Specialists

· Understanding the background to value added tax (VAT) in the UAE 

· Assessing how VAT is like to impact construction projects 

· Evaluating how VAT is likely to affect regional supply chain dynamics 

· Administrative impact – invoicing and day to day operation 


Vlad Skibunov – VAT Senior Manager, Deloitte

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