Why Mass Timber Envelopes?

The popularity for mass timber or, perhaps more accurately, solid laminate timber systems, has grown substantially in current times and can be attributed to a combination of factors including the climate emergency, net zero carbon targets, sustainability benefits, moves to create a circular economy in the construction industry, etc. but also more prosaic matters such as speed of construction, lighter weight structures, fewer site deliveries than with concrete, less on-site waste moving towards compete modularisation of panels.

The year-on-year growth in mass timber's market has presented an expanding opportunity for other sectors such as façade system manufacturers while bringing new challenges requiring some rethinking of existing products and their applications. With the emergence of solid laminate timber systems allowing shaping and curving to create extraordinary building forms that are beyond the typical orthogonal form, timber is now widely being explored in the building envelope. Engineered timber products are now be seen to have largely replicated conventional concrete and steel construction and, in some cases, the external curtain wall too.

With the timing being right to explore the challenges and opportunities for the use of mass timber in the building envelope, Zak Exhibitions & Conferences are delighted to launch a new dedicated conference series titled “Zak Engineered Timber Envelopes”, to bring together the ACE industry representatives in a bid to put together the forces behind a comprehensive motive of creating more sustainable infrastructure and clearing misconceptions on the use of timber in the external envelope.

About the Event

Zak Engineered Timber Envelopes is planned as a one-day conference where latest innovations and challenges in the mass timber industry pertaining to the building envelope will be discussed and debated and will also host an exclusive exhibit area featuring leading solution providers.

This event is an offshoot from the stable of the Zak World of Façades conference series which is the world’s largest conference series on façade design & engineering with a presence in 30+ countries.


Who Should Attend

The event is ideal for Architects, Developers/Investors, Consultants & Engineers (Structural, Fire, Timber, Façade, Sustainability), Contractors (General, Timber, Façade, Roof), Building Insurers, Cost Consultants, Building Regulators, QS, PMC’s & related building specifiers.


Insightful Dialogues & Networking

Hear from experts in the domain of mass timber design, engineering, procurement and execution on their views on constructing timber envelopes, mass timber buildings and more with the latest techniques and tools available. Also, network with other industry peers and leading manufacturers & solution providers to the mass timber industry.


Timber in the Building Envelope

CLT SLABS

GLULAM BEAMS AND COLUMNS

TIMBER CURTAIN WALL

TIMBER FRAMED DOORS & WINDOWS

FREE FORM TIMBER

TIMBER SHADING

TIMBER CLADDING

TIMBER CEILINGS

Safety Precautions

We will be following governmental guidelines that are in-place during the event time and will be incorporating the below safety measures to ensure a safe environment

  • Wearing of masks at all times
  • Encouraging the 2m social distancing guideline wherever possible
  • Implementation of disinfection protocols in all areas by the venue housekeeping team
  • Availability of sanitisers at multiple locations
  • Counters, seats and tables in common areas are disinfected after every use
  • Observing the maximum capacity guideline in place at the time of the event
Apart from the above, delegates will need to show proof of vaccination (2 doses) or recovery (6 months) while entering the venue premises. People who are neither fully vaccinated nor recovered from Covid-19 will need to show a verified rapid antigen / lateral flow test (max. 24 hours old) or a PCR test (max. 48 hours old). The venue security will check the same upon your arrival.

Stay safe. We look forward to welcoming you back to our events.

Any additional governmental mandate that is in place during the event time will be strictly followed. Please check this section for latest information.


Speakers

Our speakers and panelists are domain experts and will ensure that the content presented at the event is meaningful with key takeaways to ponder upon.

Alan Dowdall

Alan Dowdall

Director,
Ramboll

Alan Dowdall

Director, Ramboll

Event Convenor & Host

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Andrew Lawrence

Andrew Lawrence

Director | Global Timber Lead,
Arup

Andrew Lawrence

Director | Global Timber Lead, Arup

Topic: Fire Safety of Timber in External Walls

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Andy Martin

Andy Martin

Director of Workspace - EMEA,
Google

Andy Martin

Director of Workspace - EMEA, Google

Topic: Google KGX1 Kings Cross: Realising one of the World's Largest Timber and Glass Façade

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Andy Young

Andy Young

Partner,
Bjarke Ingels Group

Andy Young

Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group

Topic: Google KGX1 Kings Cross: Realising one of the World's Largest Timber and Glass Façade

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Anthony Thistleton

Anthony Thistleton

Founding Partner,
Waugh Thistleton

Anthony Thistleton

Founding Partner, Waugh Thistleton

Topic: Time for Timber - Tipping Point

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Caroline Hairsine

Caroline Hairsine

Head of Construction & LDI,
Aviva

Caroline Hairsine

Head of Construction & LDI, Aviva

Topic: Carving Future of Building Envelopes with Engineered Timber in the UK

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Claudia Farabegoli

Claudia Farabegoli

Design Director,
Thornton Tomasetti

Claudia Farabegoli

Design Director, Thornton Tomasetti

Topic: Timber Cladding Design in Healthcare: Kalokagathos in Timber Hospitals for Greece

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Daniel Bosia

Daniel Bosia

Design Director,
Thornton Tomasetti

Daniel Bosia

Design Director, Thornton Tomasetti

Topic: Lightweight Timber Roof Envelopes

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Dominic Lion

Dominic Lion

Associate Director – Real Estate, AJ Gallagher

Dominic Lion

Associate Director – Real Estate, AJ Gallagher

Topic: Insuring Engineered Timber – The Challenges & Opportunities

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Franco Piva

Franco Piva

Founder & Technical Director, Ergodomus Timber Engineering

Franco Piva

Founder & Technical Director, Ergodomus Timber Engineering

Topic: How Engineered Mass Timber Can Be Used For Façades

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Frank Küsters

Frank Küsters

Head of Sales, Josef Gartner

Frank Küsters

Head of Sales, Josef Gartner

Topic: Google KGX1 Kings Cross: Realising One of the World's Largest Timber and Glass Façade

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Hugh McGilveray

Hugh McGilveray

Associate Director,
Eckersley O’Callaghan

Hugh McGilveray

Associate Director,
Eckersley O’Callaghan

Topic: UK Timber Envelopes: A Global Perspective

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Ingo Braun

Ingo Braun

Principal & Design Director,
NBBJ

Ingo Braun

Principal & Design Director, NBBJ

Topic: Carving Future of Building Envelopes with Engineered Timber in the UK

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Jeppe Hundevad

Jeppe Hundevad

Director | Steel & Glass,
Lindner Group

Jeppe Hundevad

Director | Steel & Glass, Lindner Group

Topic: ECO_N Hybrid Timber System

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John Alexander

John Alexander

Group Sales Director,
Accsys

John Alexander

Group Sales Director, Accsys

Topic: Maximising Mass Timber Carbon Benefit

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John Downes

John Downes

Group Head of Façade Supply Chain, Lendlease

John Downes

Group Head of Façade Supply Chain, Lendlease

Topic: Google KGX1 Kings Cross: Realising one of the World's Largest Timber and Glass Façade

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Judith Schulz

Judith Schulz

Director | Fire Engineering,
Arup

Judith Schulz

Director | Fire Engineering, Arup

Topic: Fire Safety of Timber in External Walls

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Julia Barfield

Julia Barfield

Managing Director,
Marks Barfield Architects

Julia Barfield

Managing Director, Marks Barfield Architects

Topic: Cambridge Central Mosque - UK's first Green Mosque

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Julia Erdem

Julia Erdem

Associate,
BDP

Julia Erdem

Associate, BDP

Topic: Google KGX1 Kings Cross: Realising one of the World's Largest Timber and Glass Façade

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Kelly Harrison

Kelly Harrison

Associate Director,
Whitby Wood

Kelly Harrison

Associate Director, Whitby Wood

Topic: Carving Future of Building Envelopes with Engineered Timber in the UK

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Marilu Sicoli

Marilu Sicoli

Senior Partner,
Foster + Partners

Marilu Sicoli

Senior Partner, Foster + Partners

Topic: The Ummahat AlShaykh Islands: A Light Touch Approach to The Future Tourism

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Mark Lambourn

Mark Lambourn

Business Development Manager,
A. Proctor Group

Mark Lambourn

Business Development Manager, A. Proctor Group

Topic: Air Tightness in Offsite Construction

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Martin Drexler

Martin Drexler

Head of Design, Research and Development at Schindler Fenster + Fassaden

Martin Drexler

Head of Design, Research and Development at Schindler Fenster + Fassaden

Topic: Sustainable Timber Composite Unitised Façade: Considering an Optimised Global Warming Potential (GWP) for use in Residential and Office Buildings

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Martin Ocampo

Martin Ocampo

Design Director,
AKT II

Martin Ocampo

Design Director, AKT II

Topic: The Ummahat AlShaykh Islands: A Light Touch Approach to The Future Tourism

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Max Radt

Max Radt

Director - Aluminium Systems + International Projects, Gutmann Bausysteme

Max Radt

Director - Aluminium Systems + International Projects, Gutmann Bausysteme

Topic: From Aluminium to Wood Unitized Façades

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Peter Runacres

Peter Runacres

Development Director, Argent

Peter Runacres

Development Director, Argent

Topic: Google KGX1 Kings Cross: Realising One of the World's Largest Timber and Glass Façade

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Phil Obayda

Phil Obayda

Senior Associate Principal,
SOM

Phil Obayda

Senior Associate Principal, SOM

Topic: Carving Future of Building Envelopes with Engineered Timber in the UK

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Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott

Development Director,
The Office Group

Sam Elliott

Development Director, The Office Group

Topic: Carving Future of Building Envelopes with Engineered Timber in the UK

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Schedule

The event agenda is split into multiple sessions separated by networking break-out sessions.

Session 1
(08:50 - 10:55)

08.00 - 08.50
Delegate Registration
08.50 - 09.00
Welcome Address
09.00 - 09.30
Time for Timber - Tipping Point

The urgent need to de-carbonise construction rapidly through the extensive use of natural materials

Achieving the best timber buildings where material should be integral to the design from the outset

How engineered timber opens up new possibilities for repurposing and remodelling existing structures both inside and out


Anthony Thistleton
Founding Partner, Waugh Thistleton
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09.30 - 10.15
Panel Discussion: Carving Future of Building Envelopes with Engineered Timber in the UK

What are the main challenges keeping us back from accepting timber widely for projects?

How can we work around the existing regulations limiting the use of timber in buildings?

Ensuring safety and durability of the project: Dealing with fire, moisture and acoustics challenges

What can drive insurers to come on-board relatively easily for projects with timber as main element of the envelope?


Moderator
Phil Obayda
Senior Associate Principal, SOM
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Panelist
Ingo Braun
Principal & Design Director, NBBJ
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Panelist
Kelly Harrison
Associate Director, Whitby Wood
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Panelist
Sam Elliott
Development Director, The Office Group
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Panelist
Caroline Hairsine
Head of Construction & LDI, Aviva
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10.15 - 10.35
Lightweight Timber Roof Envelopes

Timber roof structure

Integrated envelopes

Performative skins


Daniel Bosia
Design Director, Thornton Tomasetti
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10.35 - 10.55
Sustainable Timber Composite Unitised Façade: Considering an Optimised Global Warming Potential (GWP) for use in Residential and Office Buildings

Overview on timber composite hybrid stick system and timber composite unitised façade

Achieving sustainability and low carbon footprint

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

Testing for EN 13830 / CWCT


Martin Drexler
Head of Design, Research and Development at Schindler Fenster + Fassaden
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10.55 - 11.25
Networking Tea / Coffee Break


Session 2
(11.25 - 13.00)

11.25 - 11.45
Maximising Mass Timber Carbon Benefit

Illustrating stand out examples of mass timber buildings and how construction can go beyond the typical carbon embodiment level

Demonstrating very positive sustainability outcomes

Showcasing calculated CO2 benefits and the circularity loop that could not be achieved via more conventional building materials


John Alexander
Group Sales Director, Accsys
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11.45 - 12.05
Insuring Engineered Timber – The Challenges & Opportunities

Insurance market context

Current challenges

Solutions & opportunities


Dominic Lion
Associate Director – Real Estate, AJ Gallagher
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12.05 - 12.25
ECO_N Hybrid Timber System

Modern traditional sustainability

ECO_N characteristics

CO2 reduction


Jeppe Hundevad
Director | Steel & Glass, Lindner Group
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12.25 - 13.00
The Ummahat AlShaykh Islands: A Light Touch Approach to The Future Tourism

The Vision

The Project

The Solution


Marilu Sicoli
Senior Partner, Foster + Partners
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Martin Ocampo
Design Director, AKT II
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13.00 - 13.40
Networking Lunch Break


Session 3
(13.40 - 15.20)

13.40 - 14.10
Timber Cladding Design in Healthcare: Kalokagathos in Timber Hospitals for Greece

Merging aesthetics, sustainability and durability

Façade's fire performance and safety challenges including seismic response

Skirting around the procurement issues for large scale projects


Representative from Renzo Piano Building Workshop
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Claudia Farabegoli
Design Director, Thornton Tomasetti
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14.10 - 14.30
How Engineered Mass Timber Can Be Used For Façades

Holistic approach needed to engineer the elements and especially the connections

Logistic aspects: How to manage them to work even in “remote areas”

Water and air tightness to guarantee durability and acoustic performance


Franco Piva
Founder & Technical Director, Ergodomus Timber Engineering
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14.30 - 15.00
Fire Safety of Timber in External Walls

What are the challenges?

Can it be done safely?

What research is still needed?



Andrew Lawrence
Director | Global Timber Lead, Arup

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Judith Schulz
Director | Fire Engineering, Arup

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15.00 - 15.20
From Aluminium to Wood Unitized Façades

Learning by doing!

Our solution for high-rise

What comes next? Outlook!


Max Radt
Director - Aluminium Systems + International Projects, Gutmann Bausysteme
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15.20 - 16.05
Panel Discussion: Google KGX1 Kings Cross: Realising One of the World's Largest Timber and Glass Façade

Analyzing the unique approach to the creation of a large headquarter in an urban environment

Adapting infrastructure which remains relevant in current times and is flexible to change in the future

Working with challenging and demanding specifications from the client for a best in class office and workplace design

Utilising timber as a main material of choice in the façade and throughout the building

Developing a brief to engineer and execute the timber façade element


Moderator
John Downes
Group Head of Façade Supply Chain, Lendlease
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Panelist
Andy Young
Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group
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Panelist
Andy Martin
Director of Workspace - EMEA, Google
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Panelist
Peter Runacres
Development Director, Argent
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Panelist
Julia Erdem
Associate, BDP
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Panelist
Frank Küsters
Head of Sales, Josef Gartner
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16.05 - 16.30
Networking Tea/Coffee Break


Session 4
(16.30 - 17.40)

16.30 - 16.50
Cambridge Central Mosque - UK's first Green Mosque

Conceptualising the mosque as a calm oasis within a grove of trees

Using timber columns as ‘trees’ to reach up to support the roof using an interlaced octagonal lattice vault structure evocative of English Gothic fan vaulting

Sourcing timber that is sustainable spruce which is curved and laminated


Julia Barfield
Managing Director, Marks Barfield Architects
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16.50 - 17.10
Air Tightness in Offsite Construction

Offsite construction membranes

Simplified airtightness in façades

Fire performance


Mark Lambourn
Business Development Manager, A. Proctor Group
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17.10 - 17.40
UK Timber Envelopes: A Global Perspective

Risk vs reward – The UK appetite for timber

Regulatory context and global comparisons

Strategies to improve


Hugh McGilveray
Associate Director, Eckersley O’Callaghan
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17.40 - 17.45
Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference



The programme is correct at time of publishing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or excuse themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight. You can find the most up-to-date programme on this website.




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Event Registration

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TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR COMPLIMENTARY SEATS: Complimentary seats are reserved exclusively for Architects, Consultants, Contractors, Developers, Government Officials & Related Building Specifiers. The organisers reserve the right to allocate these complimentary seats at their discretion.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the event.

[IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE] A limited number of complimentary seats on first come first serve basis are reserved for Timber/Structural/Fire/Façade/Sustainability Consultants, Architects, Developers, Government Officials, General/Main Contractors, Timber/Façade/Roof Contractors, PMC/QS/Cost Consultants, etc. The online registration process needs to be followed to attain your entry pass for the event. Please note that the complimentary seats allocation are under the discretion of the organisers. If you are a product/material supplier and intend to attend the conference, there would be a delegate fee of GBP 500 + UK VAT applicable per delegate.

[ONLINE ATTENDANCE] There is a delegate fee of GBP 150 per pass which will give you access to the livestream with its recording post event and also interaction opportunity with the event partners.

The online registration acts as an “Interest” for attending the conference. An internal system evaluates the registrations received and issues the confirmation/entry pass accordingly. The online registration alone DOES NOT stand confirmed without a confirmation/entry pass email from the organizers.

If successfully approved, the confirmation number/pass is sent within of 3-4 working days of registration or earlier. It is advisable to check your spam/junk folders as there maybe chances of the email landing in those folders. If you have not received your confirmation within the stipulated timeframe, please write to the organisers/reply on the acknowledgment email to check on the status.

It is highly recommended that you use your company/official email id for registration to avoid any confirmation delay.

No. All registrations are pre-approved online and no on-spot registrations are encouraged.

The invitation copy from the sponsors DOES NOT qualify as the entry pass. The invite mentions the registration process at the last page. All the recipients of these invitation copies are advised to follow the online registration process to attain their passes to be able to attend the event.

No. If you are not able to attend the conference after receiving your confirmation number/pass you will not be able to transfer the registration to your colleague.

The registrations start at 0800 hrs. The team at the registration desk will be fully equipped with the details of those confirmed to attend. If your registration is confirmed, you will only be asked to quote your registration number and drop your visiting cards at the registration desk to collect your badge and kit.

Post the conference, the organisers will be uploading all the presentations who's permission has been received to distribute online at this event website.

The full-day conference will include access to the conference hall, exhibit area, lunch and networking session, delegate kits and presentation copies.

If your firm is on our guest list, then a maximum of 1-4 delegates passes per firm are allocated depending on the firm size. However, the seat allocation is on first come first serve basis.

As the seats are allocated on a first come first serve basis, the registration will close once the hall seating capacity is reached.

Apart from the high standard hygiene protocols and checks from the Central Hall Westminster team, we will be implementing the standard operating procedures and guidelines mandated by the local authorities to ensure a safe event. Please refer to the detailed safety precautions at the top of this page.

Yes, the event will take place in-person and online. Visit the registration section for the respective registrations.

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