HE Saeed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA inaugurated the third edition of Windows Doors & Facades Event (WDF) on Sunday at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Over 150 exhibitors from 14 different countries, including Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Spain, Turkey, UAE and the United Kingdom are introducing innovative and never before seen products to the region.
The event offers an exciting glimpse into the future of facades, with contemporary aesthetics paired with smart, sustainable and safe solutions being at the top of the agenda.
Leading experts also gathered to discuss the future of facades at the Middle East Facades Summit, the event’s high-level conference.
Under the theme “Future Forward: Revolutionizing the Next Generation Facades”, the Summit focused on technological advancements at the core of the industry’s transformation.
Andy Dean, head of facades at WSP, Armin Buchbinder, head of design at BSBG, and Douglas Sum, associate – facades services group leader at Aurecon, were some of the experts who addressed the development of Smart, Safe and Sustainable facades – “The 3 S”.
Arvind Kumar, manager of architectural advisory Technal Middle East, and chairman of the Middle East Facades Summit, said: “I believe these are the most sought-after topics for Middle East industry stakeholders today as the buildings are getting taller, more complex and cost driven.
“Today, our speakers shared very interesting thoughts on the challenges and the many opportunities that technology offers to make smarter, cost-effective and viable facades of 2020,” Kumar added.
On the second “S”, the Safety issue - which was at the core of last year’s Middle East Facades Summit, he added: “The regional building codes for fire and life safety have evolved. The UAE has led by example and implemented the right guidelines for the industry.”
A number of keynotes and panel sessions also discussed what’s next for facades in terms of sustainability, from capturing the abundant sun in the region to boosting facade performance.
With 40% of global energy being consumed by buildings, Anoop Babu, MENA regional manager of the Architectural Solar Association, called for greater awareness, education and use of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV).
More than 20 seminar sessions will further investigate advancements and best practices in the industry at the Facades Seminar Series. Running on 24-25 September, these complimentary CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited workshops will focus on the most pressing industry challenges offering viable solutions to increase sustainability, energy efficiency and fire safety.
They will also explore the latest developments in BIM, technological innovation and smart design, among other topics.
Muhammed Kazi, portfolio director at dmg events, said: “Windows Doors & Facades Event proves to be a guiding light for the regional industry. Last year, the show had a strong focus on the theme of fire-safety and we are now extremely glad to witness the huge improvements made in this regard by the industry in the UAE and the broader region.
“This year, we look forward to shedding light on the immense opportunities offered by technology. An outstanding line-up of speakers is steering the future of facades in the region, at both our Summit and the Seminar Series. Moreover, some incredibly innovative and groundbreaking solutions are being presented by exhibiting companies at WDF. These will have a tremendous impact on the built environment in terms of efficiency, sustainability and improved aesthetics.”
Windows Doors & Facades Event is supported by Titanium Sponsor, Schuco; Safety Partner, UL; Supporting Institute, CIOB; Supporting Associations, QMEA, ASA, AIA Middle East, OSH Association, Solar GCC Alliance, ift ROSENHEIM, and Contractors Association; Founding Partners, Orgadata, Elumatec, and Schuco.
Organised by dmg events, Windows Doors & Facades Event runs daily until 25 September at the Dubai World Trade Centre (Halls 6, 7 and 8) from 10 am to 7 pm daily, and is co-located with FM EXPO, the region’s largest dedicated event for the facilities management industry.
The event is free to attend. To know more about WDF visit: www.wdfevent.ae.