SFE launches international hubs

New centres for members in Italy, North America and the Middle East

Three new regional hubs have been created by the Society of Façade Engineering (SFE) to provide a better service and more community engagement at a local level, and to better serve its network of more than 1,000 members worldwide.

Building on the success of its existing hubs in London and Birmingham, the SFE has launched three new ones in Italy, North America, and the Middle East.

The SFE North America Hub hosted its launch event in New York in April. This included three panels that focused on the themes sustainability, innovative materials, and globalisation and procurement. The panel consisted of façade designers, contractors and specialists, and the event was sponsored by Walter P Moore, Permasteelisa North America Corp, Eckersley O’Callaghan, Arup, and Focchi Group.

In June, the SFE Middle East Hub held its launch event in Dubai. More than 120 people registered for the event, sponsored by Kuraray, which contained talks on: laminated glass challenges and prevention of delamination; quality control during laminated glass processing; blast and bullet-resistant glazing from classification to fabrication; and a presentation on the world’s first adaptive high-rise test tower.

The Italy hub, which had interest from more than 100 façade engineers, was officially launched at ZAK World of Façades in Milan, in June, when it hosted its inaugural event – a façade walk around the city.

The event attracted a high level of engagement between attendees and speakers from Focchi and AGC Interpane on the urban development of city life.

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