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Theme: Effective & Efficient Technologies for Façades in Buildings

Asia Façade and Glass Conference 2017 (AFGC), held on 23 November 2017 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore is a full day conference set to engage all involved in the architecture glass industry. Kicking the event off with a series of power packed presentations, a panel discussion led by eminent speakers on the theme “Effective & Efficient Technologies for Facades in Buildings” is estimated to be attended by over 200 delegates.

Held in conjunction with Glasstech Asia 2017, Asia Façade and Glass Conference 2017 is well set to address the core concepts behind the unique glass market. Be in the know of the latest trends and updates on the dynamic façade and glass industry from key industry professionals consisting of building specialists to engineers and many more.

Asia Façade and Glass Conference aims to be a platform for the best façade and glass application to all glass industry personnel.

Time Agenda


Delegate Registration


Opening Remarks

Mr. Gan Geok Chua
Singapore Glass Association 


Morning Keynote

Research and Innovation on Facades and Envelope | Download Slides

Mr. Tan Tian Chong
Deputy Managing Director, Built Environment Research and Innovation Institute (BERII)
Building & Construction Authority 


Tea Break


Structural and Acoustic Performance Interlayers for Facade and Window Safety Glass | Download Slides

Dr. Bernd Koll
Manager, Global Safety Segment
Kuraray Europe GmbH, Germany, PVB Division


5 Next-Gen Smart Glazing that will Disrupt the Building Industry | Download Slides

Mr. Gary Lee
Business Development Manager
Singapore Safety Glass


Morning Panel Discussion




Afternoon Keynote

Comparative Study of Glass Design Standards | Download Slides

Mr. Mathieu Meur
Director (Technical) 
DP Architects Pte ltd


Interior Glass Fitouts | Download Slides

Mr. Philip Norman
Managing Director
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Tea Break


Fire Rated Façades - An Interaction Between Protection Target, Façade System and Fire Resistant Glass | Download Slides

Mr. Helmut Kugelmann
Director, Sales (Fire Resistant & Security Glazing)
SCHOTT Technical Glass Solutions GMbH


Afternoon Panel Discussion

05:00PM End of Conference

*Programme is subjected to changes.


Our Speakers

AM Keynote

Mr. Tan Tian Chong
Deputy Managing Director, Built Environment Research and Innovation Institute (BERII)
Building & Construction Authority 

Research and Innovation on Facades and Envelope

Tan Tian Chong was Group Director, Technology Development Group of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), Singapore from 1999 until he became Group Director of Research Group in Jan 2015. He was appointed Deputy Managing Director, Build Environment Research and Innovation Institute (BERII) in April 2016.

Tian Chong is currently Deputy MD of the Build Environment Research and Innovation Institute in BCA.  He oversees  the Research and Innovation  programmes which are of strategic importance to BCA and the built environment. These include building energy efficiency, smart and green building technologies and construction quality and productivity.  Key programmes  include  the $52 million GBIC (Green Building Innovation Cluster) project, the Sky Lab (the world’s first highrise rotatable laboratory for the Tropics) aimed at accelerating the  test-bedding of latest building technologies in actual building settings and positive energy low-rise buildings.

Tian Chong is an Honorary Advisor of the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC).  He is a committee member of the Singapore Compact for CSR management and a member of the Advisory Board of BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings Ltd.  He was a member of the Singapore Standards Council and the Deputy Chairman of the Building and Construction Standards Committee and a Past President of the Singapore Structural Steel Society (SSSS). 


The building envelope has both direct and indirect impact on a building’s energy efficiency. It also affects human comfort. Singapore Government recognised this and hence, the first regulation on  building envelope for non-residential building was developed in 1979.  Known as Overall Thermal Transfer Value (OTTV), it was designed to  control the thermal performance of the facade. In 2000, this formula was refined to the current formula called Envelope Thermal Transfer Value (ETTV) to provide a more accurate measurement of thermal performance for building envelope. Eight years later, BCA introduced a similar control for residential building envelope called Residential Envelope Transmittance Value (RETV) to ensure a satisfactory thermal performance for the residential development as they too are becoming air-conditioned.

More than a decade has past, technologies have advanced substantially and better performance façade material have become more affordable. It is time again to relook at the current envelop code and Green Mark Scheme to ensure their continuing relevance. This presentation will share BCA’s future plans for the regulation of  Building Envelope.

BCA will also share the latest development, the BCA SkyLab. The SkyLab is an outdoor testbed facility for technology testing under real world conditions. It is capable of rotating 360 degrees to enable the energy and indoor environmental performance study at different orientations relative to the sun.  The  facility is equipped with more than 200 high precision sensors in its two identical compartments (the test cell and reference cell). This allows comparative and benchmark analysis of technology performances with reference to codes and standards such as BCA Green Mark Scheme.

The SkyLab has lined up a series of potential experiments involving more than 20 organisation. These include integrated lighting system with automated reflective blinds, chilled beam, dynamic glazing, tropical daylighting and cool paint coating.  The presentation will  share  the technologies that the SkyLab will be testing.


PM Keynote

Mr. Mathieu Meur
Director (Technical) 
DP Architects Pte ltd

Comparative Study of Glass Design Standards

Prior to joining DP Architects Group of companies, Mr. Meur was the Managing Director of one of the largest façade consultancy practices in the world, providing strategic and technical leadership for the Group. He was heavily involved in the construction of the Changi Airport Terminal 1 Upgrading, Resorts World Sentosa and The Dubai Mall, amongst others . Through his training as a multi-disciplinary engineer and subsequent years of experience, Mr. Meur has developed extensive knowledge of all types of building envelope systems in terms of design, engineering and related codes of practice. 

Passionate about sharing his knowledge and skills with others, he is a frequent speaker at conferences, writes for technical publications, and has been a Lecturer at the Building and Construction Authority, and at the Real Estate & Construction Centre.

Mr. Meur is also a Senior Member of the Institution of Engineers of Singapore since 2004 and a fellow of the Society of Façade Engineering from United Kingdom since 2010. Mr. Meur joined DP Architects in 2016 to work on mega-projects and spearhead technical innovation.


A versatile material, glass has increasingly been gaining ground in buildings, predominantly in façades, but also as interior partitions, artwork and even structural elements. A few codes exist in various geographies that relate to the design and selection of glass for use in buildings. Yet, when it comes to the structural design of glass, there seems to be a dearth of standards or codes defining clear values and procedures to adopt for determining the thickness and make-up of glass to adopt. Further, the various codes that are available for this use vary widely in their extent and design approach, as well as in the safety factors to consider, or maximum allowed stress and deflection values for different types of glass. In this presentation, we briefly review selected codes and standards relating to the use of glass in buildings, comparing their recommendations, and the outcome of the glass analysis based on these codes. 

Dr. Bernd Koll
Manager, Global Safety Segment
Kuraray Europe GmbH, Germany, PVB Division

Structural and Acoustic Performance Interlayers for Facade and Window Safety Glass

Current Position:

  • Manager Global Safety Segment at Kuraray Europe GmbH, Germany (since 2015)
  • Market Development Manager EMEA (since 2015)

Previous work experience:

  • Technical Marketing Manager (until 2014)
  • 12 years at Kuraray Europe, TROSIFOL PVB interlayer R&D division (until 2002)
  • 4 years in German Chemical industry, R&D sealants and adhesives (until 1990)

Academic degree:

Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Cologne/Germany (1985)


Today’s architects and designers are much more creative and innovative in developing complex façade constructions with larger spans than in the past. Reasons are newly adopted laminated safety glass elements with incorporated structural PVB and Ionoplast interlayers yielding in outstanding glazing design features.

In addition and beside decorative and UV control function also acoustic comfort is possible since many years by choosing specific acoustic damping PVB interlayers for building glazing like façades, windows and rooftops close to noise zones in global high urban density areas.

Mr. Gary Lee
Business Development Manager
Singapore Safety Glass

5 Next-Gen Smart Glazing that will Disrupt the Building Industry

Mr Gary Lee is now taking the helm of the Business Development department in Singapore Safety Glass (SSG). He is constantly working on projects across different nations and consistently pioneering business development projects in new markets. His international exposure has allowed him to gain expertise across different climatic conditions; from the cold climates in Salt Lake City, USA, to the hot and humid weather in Singapore. On top of charting SSG’s business direction and strategies, he is also responsible for providing glass consultations to architects, contractors and building owners. His expertise and active involvement in the industry has also allowed him to partake in R&D efforts by the company.


The impact of climate change is widespread, and the truth is, Singapore is also feeling its effects. Find out about how some of the latest high-tech glazing solutions (ranging from products in R&D stage to products already available in the market) can combat climate change, and also completely reinvent the way we think about building design in the future.


Mr. Philip Norman
Managing Director
Brisbane Queensland, Australia

Interior Glass Fitouts

Philip Norman is the managing director of INGLASS Pty Ltd based in Brisbane Queensland, Australia.

Philip has been in glass since he was 14 years old after leaving school in 1974 he worked with his father as an apprentice glazier and since then  he developed his profession by gaining experience in larger organisations such as T & K Glass & Pilkington glass  in the 80s and early ninety’s.

In 1992 when Pilkington had a major merging of other companies Philip founded Queensland Glass which he grew to a successful business over 15 years.

In 2007 Philip founded INGLASS to form a company he could grow and develop where a young exciting team could predominately focus on customer service, quality products creating a place where people wanted to work.

Focusing on the demand for higher performing glass solutions for the internal office environment, Philip has developed a passion for internal glass and the solutions it can provide to the workplace providing comfort, sound reduction, transparency, security and privacy in the office environment.

Philip has seen then internal use of glass develop and change over the past 40 years and looks forward to what he believes to be a very exciting future in the INGLASS market he believes in Better service equals better results both for yourself and the client. 


I have been fitting glass in the internal office environment since I left School in 1975. The changes that I have witnessed are quite extraordinary when you reflect on it.

We have seen that people in the modern world are working longer hours becoming more efficient and having more demand placed upon them from their employers.

If the above is true then it is in the company’s best interest to engage the challenges of having the people feel comfortable, safe and  well catered for in the work place.

Glass continues to grow its presence and plays a major role in delivering a wide range of solutions in the office environment so you feel like you want to be at work and enjoy your time while you are there.

Pardon me for stating the obvious but gone are the days when you had a viewing panel or half height glass partition that had a venetian blind over it to give you a bit of privacy or transparency and a timber door to walk into your office where you can hear everything outside your office.

We are now seeing the designers and architects challenging our industry with higher acoustic ratings and glass that can be either opaque or transparent at the flick of a switch ,or images and designs that are infinite in choice with the use of graphic coating methods being either having film applied or printed onto the glass.

We see glass doors that can slide on the minimalist of track systems with the greatest of ease and the smallest of frames around the glass.

Unique restrooms are using glass for dividing walls, splashbacks and one way vision glass and glass frameless doors.

The use of bent and curved glass is becoming more popular with the trend of curved meeting rooms or hallways that twist to give the tenancy a uniqueness

More offices are moving to automatic entry’s for security reasons and we see the use of toughened laminated glass becoming more prevalent to stop any unwanted guests being able to just walk into your tenancy.

We have come a long way in the past 40 odd years since I started to learn about glass and I am extremely excited about being able to take advantage of what the future delivers in glass.

Mr. Helmut Kugelmann
Manager, Sales (Fire Resistant & Security Glazing)

Fire Rated Façades - An Interaction Between Protection Target, Façade System and Fire Resistant Glass

Born 1961 in Germany and since 1989 at SCHOTT. More than 25 years experience in fire resistant glazing. Beginning as a sales representative for the south area of Germany advising especially of architects, consultants and installers. From 2011 till 2013 Sales Manager for Germany and since 2014 responsible for the global fire resistant glass business at SCHOTT. Since 2007 guest lecturer at the Technical University in Munich. 


1. Fire Rated Glass

  • Integrity (E) - requirements, types, functionality
  • Integrity + sinulation (EI) - requirements, types, functionality

2. Facade Systems

  • Curtain wall - requirements, test methods (acc. EN standard)
  • External wall - requirements, test methods (acc. EN standard)
  • Skylights - requirements, test methods (acc. EN standard)

3. Fire rated facades/skylights

  • Safety Objective
  • Solutions (examples)

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