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Summit Agenda | Smart Skyscrapers Summit

»   Day 1 - 28th April 2014
»   Day 2 - 29th April 2014
Day 1 - 28th April 2014
08:00 - 09:00

Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Address

09:15 - 09:30

MC Opens

09:30 - 09:40

Address by Diamond Sponsor

Roberto Pignato, Regional Sales Manager, Knauf

09:40 - 09:50

Address by Platinum Sponsor

A.N. Venkat, Vice President Sales – Heavy Sections, Emirates Steel

09:50 - 10:10

The Economics of Sustainable Buildings

  • Managing the costs of building green
  • Evaluation of the investment returns for building sustainably
  • Cost effective sustainable retrofits of buildings

Saeed Al Abbar, Director - AESG, Chairman - Emirates Green Building Council

10:10 - 10:30

Innovative Drywall Solutions

Amer Bin Ahmed, Managing Director, Knauf Middle East

10:30 - 10:50

The Manufacture, Supply and Use of Structural Steel in High Rise Buildings
A presentation on Emirates Steel, what we do, how we have affected the construction industry and via case studies highlight how the use of structural steel can continue to be a part of skyscraper construction and why its use is likely to increase in the future.

Russell Bowen, Assistant Vice President Sales - Heavy Sections, Emirates Steel

10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:40

Incorporating Shading Elements in the Façade Design

  • Shading Element Design
  • Supporting System
  • Installation

Different case studies of executed projects for each of the above items will be presented and the advantages of each option will be discussed.

Bashar Kayali, General Manager, Al Ghurair Construction Aluminium

11:40 - 12:10

Sustainable Tower Facades
In the presentation a series of Singapore high rise towers will be discussed, all achieving high sustainability ratings, but all with different façade strategies. The Tanjong Pagar Centre will soon be the tallest building in Singapore and has the simplest façade of all the projects discussed. For the South Beach Development extensive shading has been used to improve façade performance and create comfortable outdoor spaces that do not use cooling. At Capita Green a different strategy of using screens and greenery has been adopted to give a high performance façade. Finally a comparison is drawn between these static facades and the dynamic approach adopted for Al Bahr Towers, Abu Dhabi.

Russell Cole, Associate Director, Arup (UK)

12:10 - 12:30

Challenges in Structural Glass Façades
An introduction to current trends and recent innovations in design, performance, durability, quality and sustainability of façades for tall buildings.

Mikkel Kragh, Global Facade & Architectural Design Leader, Dow Corning

12:30 - 12:50

Developments and Innovations in the Design and Construction of High Rise Façades
The presentation will discuss the design and innovations present and future that can be employed in the design and construction of efficient high rise façade systems. Considerations in design, fabrication and erection will be discussed.

Robert Stephens, Executive Director, Inhabit

12:50 - 13:35

Panel Discussion
Trends and Sustainable Technologies

  • Trends in facade technology
  • Implementing green objectives into super high-rise buildings

Charles Collett, Director, Hopkins Architects, Dubai
Engi Jaber, Architect - Sustainability Program Specialist, Dewan Architects & Engineers
Tarek Farid, Principal, Perkins Eastman
Wulf Binder, Sales Manager Architecture, Novelis

13:35 - 13:45

Address by Lunch Sponsor

Stephen Woodnutt, Managing Director, Delmatic

13:45 - 14:45


14:45 - 15:05

Vertical Living
This paper titled 'Vertical Living' discusses the need for design adaptability of the high rise environment in the fast changing living, working and leisure developments. The presentation takes a broad brush-stroke look at the challenges of high-density developments within the contemporary urban condition. The discussion includes a personal view on lessons learnt, the global impact of late 20th century urbanism, and recent trends in the emergence of new building typologies.

Yahya Jan, Vice President and Design Director, NORR

15:05 - 15:25

Towards a Future of Possibilities for Smart Skyscrapers

  • GEX Green Commitment – High Quality Aluminium & Low Environment Impact
  • Architectural & Structural Breakthroughs with Aluminium Extrusions
  • Introducing Library for Architects & Consultants
  • Aluminum systems for Estidama Ratings

Ihab Mouallem, Commercial Director, Gulf Extrusions LLC

15:25 - 15:45

Why We Need to Implement Facility Management Strategies in Super Tall Buildings

  • Facility Management growth in Middle East - Challenges and Trends
  • Creating a sustainable FM approach to super tall building
  • Integration of design, construction and operations stages
  • Recommendations & way forward

Ali Al Suwaidi, Vice President - Idama Facility Management Solution, Board Member - Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA)

15:45 - 16:05

Guardian Architectural Glass - Comprehensive Solutions for Contemporary Architecture
Guardian is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float glass and fabricated glass products. Guardian’s architectural glass products can be found in many landmark projects, chosen for its esthetics, functionality and sustainability. The most prominent project in the region is the Burj Khalifa, Dubai. During our presentation we'll answer some frequently asked questions around the glass used in this particular project.

Oliver Beier Costa, Application Engineer, Guardian Europe

16:05 - 16:25

Fire Life Safety Design for Super Tall Buildings
The presentation will address fire and life safety concerns that are typically addressed by Building Codes and Civil Defence and will then go onto address the latest approach to design of super tall buildings including evacuation using elevators fire fighting access and structural fire protection.

Martin Kealy, Director, Tenable Fire Consultancy

16:25 - 16:35

Prize Draw & MC Closes

16:35 - 16:55


Day 2 - 29th April 2014
08:30 - 09:20

Registration & welcome coffee

09:20 - 09:30

MC Opens

09:30 - 09:50

Sustainability and Tall Buildings

Dr. Robert Cooke, Associate, Buro Happold Consulting Engineers Limited

09:50 - 10:10

Design Process of Complex Architectural Façades
Façades form the identity and functionality of high-rise buildings. The “design process” for complex bespoke architectural high rise façades is an abstract term that in reality is not a single process but a simultaneous cross-disciplinary design processes. These include façade integration with the building environmental systems, holistic system performance, decision making tools and efficiency streamlining for production, procurement and installation. This paper outlines various cross-disciplinary integrated design processes with a particular emphasis on the need for specific customised design systems and tools that enable complex façade forms to be economically and efficiently realised.

Bert van de Linde, Group Technical Director, Permasteelisa Group

10:10 - 10:40

The Shard – The Engineering Story Behind the Tallest Building in Europe
The design of a high-rise structure like The Shard brings various interesting challenges. On this particular project we were designing on a confined plot next to a hospital and an historic railway station. Close to the site there is an underground tube line. The design of the foundations were complicated by existing foundations in the ground. The construction programme was tight and the design team explored various ways to speed up the construction programme. This resulted in a Top-Down construction strategy which took a few months of the construction programme. By playing with the columns and slab construction we managed to eliminate the need of a tuned mass damper and add 4 floors inside the volume of the building. The clever use of cranes during construction will be discussed as well.

Bart Leclercq, Head of Structures Design, Middle East, WSP

10:40 - 11:00

'Function Meets Emotion’ with New Generation Building Control
Energy efficiency has become a top priority for the residential and hospitality industry as hotels are high energy consumers and have to cope with the new rules for energy efficiency in buildings. With ABB’s eco systems and building automation solutions, we can increase flexibility, security, economic efficiency and convenience; offering a potential 30% energy saving. Each day is turned into a personal experience.

Shashi Shetty, ABB ECO Building Automation Technology & Wiring Accessories, ABB

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:50

Structural Use of Aluminum & Thermal Transmittance Effective Factors

  • Elite Group & Aluminum applications in Civil Engineering such as, Sky Lights, Domes, Space Frames & Electrical Transmission Towers.
  • Elite Group & Curtain wall, Windows and Doors Thermal Transmittance Calculations and Technical Supports

Osama Shammaa, Group Technical Manager, Elite Group of Companies

11:50 - 12:20

Nakheel Harbor and Tower – Architecture and Engineering
The design of a building that would be by far the worlds tallest in its time presents without a doubt challenges that may never have been explored previously. The challenges lie not just in engineering but require focus on commercial, urban, social and cultural issues. Certainly to make such a proposition a reality would require the cooperation many like-minded people. Alfred Seeling discusses the collaboration behind a project that would push the boundaries of the accepted norms within the super tall category of towers.

Alfred Seeling, Design Director, Woods Bagot

12:20 - 12:40

Smart and Healthy - Protecting High Performance Buildings From Indoor Air Quality Problems
Over the last two decades, the rapid adoption of sustainable building techniques and smart technologies has helped to manage buildings more efficiently and conserve resources. However, as often happens within complex systems, changing certain parameters may affect other areas. In the case of smart buildings, the predominant focus on energy and resource conservation has created the potential for a higher risk of indoor air quality related issues, thus threatening the health of building occupants, leading to potentially costly remediation and compromising the asset itself. This presentation aims to offer solutions to identify existing and future indoor air quality problems, identify and prevent mold, moisture, and other indoor air quality issues during building design and operations, highlight the impacts of multiple related or interdependent systems, and introduce building owners, facility managers, and maintenance staff to tools for maintaining a healthy environment going forward. The presenter will offer solutions for implementing design, specification, and management measures that safeguard building occupants against unacceptable pollutant exposure and building owners against risk of liabilities and building failure due to indoor air quality challenges.

Henning Markus Bloech, General Manager Building Performance Programs, UL Environment

12:40 - 13:00

Why Innovation?
Environmental, Social and Economic systems of sustainability in the skyscrapers of today and tomorrow.

Raya Ani, Founder, RAW-NYC Architects, Events and Continuing Education Director, AIA Middle East

13:00 - 13:10

Address by Lunch Sponsor

Jamil Jadallah, Managing Director, National Engineering Bureau (NEB)

13:10 - 14:10


14:10 - 14:50

Roundtable Discussions
Roundtable One: Building Technology

  • What can be done to improve the effectiveness of building products and help make higher performing buildings in the future?
  • Could product manufacturers do more by rethinking everyday products and providing value added solutions?
  • What will be the next technological leap in tall building development?

Roundtable Two: Fire Safety

  • Do we know enough about the fire risks of new sustainable building materials?
  • What more can designers do to integrate fire safety considerations into super high-rise strategies?
  • How will fire safety codes need to develop to suit the trend to build taller and what will building managers need to improve on?

Roundtable Three: Design Trends

  • What is required to take buildings to new heights?
  • How do we drive commitment to sustainable design?
  • Incorporating Islamic and Middle Eastern culture into high-rise tower design

Roundtable Four: Project Delivery

  • What is the future of tall building prefabrication in this region?
  • What can be done to speed up the delivery time of tall buildings projects?
  • What are some ways to secure finance for tall buildings projects to ensure successful delivery?

14:50 - 15:10

Roundtable Results

15:10 - 15:15

Prize Draw & MC Closes

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