Recognition of forward-looking projects
The LafargeHolcim Awards is an international competition that recognizes innovative projects and future-oriented concepts on regional and global levels. A total of USD 2 million in prize money is awarded in each three-year cycle.
The competition seeks projects that go beyond balancing environmental performance, social responsibility, and economic growth. Projects should, in addition, exemplify architectural excellence, a high degree of transferability, and thereby extend notions of sustainable construction and design throughout all stages of a project’s lifecycle.
“Target issues” for sustainable construction
To evaluate the competition entries, the LafargeHolcim Foundation has identified five “target issues” for sustainable construction:
Awards (main category) and “Next Generation” (young professionals and students category)
There are two categories within the competition. The Awards (main category) is open to architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms that showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socio-economic and cultural issues affecting contemporary building and construction. In the “Next Generation” category, the Awards competition also seeks visions and bold ideas of young professionals and students up to 30 years of age.
Two-phase global competition
In the regional phase of the competition, independent juries supported by partner universities of the Foundation evaluate submissions in each of the five regions: Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa Middle East, and Asia Pacific.
In the global phase, the 15 projects that received Gold, Silver or Bronze prizes in the regions automatically qualify for the Global Awards.
Extending global reach even further with LafargeHolcim
The sponsor of the Foundation, Holcim Ltd completed a global merger with Lafarge S.A. in July 2015 and launched LafargeHolcim, a world leader in the building materials industry. With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on cement, aggregates and concrete, LafargeHolcim is the world leader in the building materials industry.
The Group has 115,000 employees around the world and combined net sales of CHF 33 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2014. LafargeHolcim is the industry benchmark in R&D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project with the widest range of value-adding products, innovative services and comprehensive building solutions. With a commitment to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanization.
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