Technal to host high-rise ‘human-centric’ design industry discussion this week in Dubai

Meeting will explore challenges of creating high rise buildings without compromising on safety factors and building regulations.

Technal Middle East is set to host an industry discussion on 2 April in Dubai exploring the challenges of creating human-centric design for high rise buildings without compromising on safety factors and building regulations.

In a statement, the leading building systems sector firm said: “As the Middle East is home to stellar examples of high rise buildings – from the world’s tallest tower to the world’s farthest leaning manmade tower – regulations and technologies to ensure fire safety and noise without compromising the design element is a key topic for architects and builders in the region.”

Sam Robinson, general manager, Technal Middle East, addd that in this age of super tall buildings, it is important to incorporate human centric design elements, at the same time adhering to safety regulations.

“After all we spend 90% of our time indoors inside buildings. The integration of technology, energy performance and safety factors with architecture is what makes buildings user centric.  Window and curtain walling systems used should provide enhanced thermal performance and insulation qualities, and systems should have variable depths to accommodate different glass thicknesses for additional acoustic protection. Similarly, it is also important to provide visual consistency across any project, a high standard of aesthetics, and value for money,” commented Robinson. “Our conference will examine how there can be a holistic design approach, bringing together architects, engineers, contractors and façade contractors to create architecturally integrated façade that is both aesthetic and functional.”

Technal Middle East has installed façade solutions for several landmark buildings in the region including the United Tower, one of the tallest towers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; The Dubai Design District (D3); The Address Sky Views; Burj Vista Towers in Dubai; and the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Headquarters Tower.

The company has lined up ten experts to speak at the event with support from international manufacturers for high rise buildings such as AkzoNobel, Siderise and Trosifol.

The event also has the support of AIA Middle East (American Institute of Architects) and RIBA Gulf (Royal Institute of British Architects).

During the one-day conference, Agnes Koltay, director of Koltay Facades, will highlight how the stunning iconic facades of buildings like Sky Views and Burj Views was achieved. Meanwhile Sreenivas Narayanan, façade specification and compliance officer at Siderise will give a global perspective for the control of the fire development and noise across façade systems.

Bjorn Sanden, market development manager EMEA, at Kuraray Europe will present how facades can enhance acoustic performance. Douglas Sum, associate at Aurecon will share few façade tricks to make the building design more human-centric.

Benjamin Beer, director-Facades at Ramboll will focus on advanced façade engineering for high-rise buildings in the Middle East.

According to Technal, the highlight of the event will be the most awaited global launch of Technal’s latest sliding system ‘TIGAL’ by Dr. Werner Jager, technical director, Hydro Building Systems, a world leading expert on aluminum system for windows and doors.

‘TIGAL’ sliding systems has been designed to beat the elements of Heat, Wind, Rain, Dust and maximize user comfort with large dimensions, protection against noise, maximize daylight gain and offering full or micro ventilation at ease.


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