Bolstered by new materials and modeling software, façade designs for tall buildings have become incredibly complex, breaking new ground in visual and structural expression. Yet, with growing awareness of the massive energy expenditure required to maintain the built environment, the performance requirements for today’s tall building envelopes have increased as well. The industry demands that envelopes mitigate solar gain and heat while allowing copious natural light; and maintain comfortable interior temperatures while filtering in fresh air year-round. This workshop explored issues surrounding the design and construction of façades, including access and maintenance, while examining burgeoning techniques to increase structural performance and energy efficiency.

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When: Monday, 28 October 2019, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel at the Aqua Tower

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Workshop Program

1:00 pm Arrival & Coffee
1:30 pm Welcome
1:40 pm


Bob Zhang

Bob Zhang

Sales Director, Tianjin North Glass Industrial Technical Co., Ltd.
“Four Season Comfort Zone: The New Generation Greenhouse Integrated Solutions”
Diarmuid Kelleher

Diarmuid Kelleher

Associate, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.
“Repositioning Willis Tower: Fifty Years of Façade Development”
2:40 pm Coffee/Tea Break
3:00 pm


Stephan Wurster

Stephan Wurster

Business Development Manager, Individuals
“Rainscreen Systems on High Rise Façades: From Past to Future”
Matthias Roik

Matthias Roik

Research & Development Manager, Leviat GmbH
“Is Earthquake Resistance a Privilege of Lightweight Façades?”
4:00 pm Q&A Session
4:30 pm Discussion on Next Steps
4:50 pm Closing Remarks
5:00 pm Workshop End

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