Sustainable construction competition, US$2 Million in prizes

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15 May 2016

Architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders, construction firms and students are being offered the opportunity to put forward their projects and visions in sustainable construction for US$ 2 Million in prizes.

The 3rd International Holcim Awards competition is open to sustainable building and civil engineering works; landscape, urban design and infrastructure projects; and materials, products and construction technologies. The Awards are an initiative of the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

The competition celebrates innovative, future-oriented and tangible projects and visions from around the globe and is open to anyone involved with approaches that contribute towards a more sustainable built environment.

Entries must be submitted online at by 23 March 2011. These go forward to one of five regional competitions, with regional winners progressing to a global phase in 2012.

The main category of the competition is open to projects in an advanced stage of design. Construction (or commercial production in the case of materials, products and construction technologies) must not have started before 1 July 2010. In addition, the Holcim Awards seeks visions and ideas for the Next Generation category, open to student projects created within university programmes at final year bachelor level or above (including masters and PHD).

Submissions in both categories are evaluated by independent juries, using five “target issues” to define sustainable construction. Three of these align with the triple bottom line concept of balanced social, environmental and economic performance. The rest cover contextual and aesthetic impact, and innovation and transferability.

The juries in the five competition regions include independent experts in sustainable construction from all continents and the competition is conducted in partnership with some of the world’s leading technical universities.

In the last Holcim Awards competition 2008/2009, almost 5000 projects from 120 countries were submitted, and 12 New Zealand entries met the criteria required to go forward to the Asia Pacific regional competition.

The Holcim Foundation is supported by Holcim Ltd and its Group companies in around 70 countries and is independent of its commercial interests. Holcim is one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete. In 2009 the Group was confirmed as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the seventh time in succession. Holcim New Zealand is a leading supplier of cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete and lime and its involvement in the New Zealand building industry dates back to 1888.

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