LafargeHolcim Foundation Promoting and Rewarding Sustainable Construction

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page lists the most frequent questions regarding the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and its initiatives.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Sustainable construction

Sustainability requires that the present generation meets its needs without limiting the opportunities of future generations. For an approach to enable long-term viability, it must integrate economic, environmental and social impacts – the three elements of the triple bottom line.

The construction industry can contribute greatly to global sustainability because everything that is built shapes the way people live today and in the future. The OECD, for instance, estimates that buildings in developed countries account for more than forty percent of energy consumption over their lifetime (incorporating raw material production, construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning). Sustainably handling building design and management, material selection, as well as energy and resource consumption would be a significant step toward ecologically, economically and socially responsible development.

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Awards competition

Downloadable project posters (PDF), jury appraisals and high-resolution images of all winning projects are available in the Awards section of this website, covering the winners of the first (2005/06), second (2008/09), third (2011/12), and fourth (2014/15) cycles of the competition. Additional project updates are also listed on the “timeline” of each project.

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Alternatively, you can use the “Best Practice” section of the website to search for projects according to region, country or keyword – or simply browse the latest updates.

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The LafargeHolcim Foundation publishes additional information in media releases and books about the winning projects and authors.

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The 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards competition is open for registration until March 21, 2017 at 14:00hrs UTC. Participants who are registered can edit and complete their submissions until March 28, 2017 at 14:00hrs UTC.

LafargeHolcim Awards competition entry

Forum symposiums

In cooperation with its partner universities, the LafargeHolcim Foundation organizes symposiums on sustainable construction, known as the LafargeHolcim Forum. These technical conferences offer academics, architects, engineers, building professionals and experts from all generations and geographic locations an interdisciplinary academic platform for exchanging ideas and information.

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The 5th LafargeHolcim Forum was held April 7-9 2016 in Detroit, MI, USA. “Infrastructure Space” was the topic of the three-day symposium and examined how to deliver long-term infrastructure that is aligned with sustaining human habitat. The LafargeHolcim Foundation website now features video/audio recordings of all keynote addresses in addition to a rich gallery of images from the Forum.

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An academic book (proceedings) from the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum will be published in late-2016.

The next (5th) LafargeHolcim Forum will take place on April 7-9 2016 in Detroit, MI, USA. To stay updated about the Forum and other initiatives, please consider subscribing to the Foundation’s email newsletter to stay updated.

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Business, employment and funding enquiries

The LafargeHolcim Foundation is supported by, but independent of the commercial interests of LafargeHolcim, the leading company in the building materials industry. Created through the merger of Holcim and Lafarge – two companies with a rich history, pride and culture – LafargeHolcim has more than 115,000 employees and operates in 90 countries around the globe. Business propositions should be directed to either the corporate headquarters or to the relevant country in which LafargeHolcim operates.

A small staff of professionals manages the administration and communications aspects of the LafargeHolcim Foundation's activities, based in Zurich, Switzerland. There are currently no positions vacant. Any open positions will be advertised on this website and in relevant media.

The LafargeHolcim Foundation’s regulations state that it may only spend funds within the scope of its own initiatives to support the promotion of sustainable construction on a non-commercial basis.

As a consequence, there are no funds available for academic fellowships, project or research grants, or to sponsor conferences, seminars, etc., which are beyond the scope of the Foundation’s initiatives.

Updates from the LafargeHolcim Foundation

The LafargeHolcim Foundation sends out announcements and media releases via email to all subscribers of its email newsletter. Some announcements are made in multiple languages, so please indicate your preferred language (English, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese or Spanish) when subscribing using the form (link below).

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Contacting the LafargeHolcim Foundation

The Academic Committee (AC), based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich/EPFL), provides academic and technical support by developing, supporting, and implementing the LafargeHolcim Foundation’s initiatives on the scientific and technical level. The LafargeHolcim Foundation is also supported by additional partner universities.

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Inquiries and questions of technical nature should be addressed to the Academic Committee (AC) of the LafargeHolcim Foundation at ac@lafargeholcim-foundation.org:

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Please contact the LafargeHolcim Foundation via info@lafargeholcim-foundation.org or via the online contact form, providing as much detail about your enquiry as possible. We are happy to accept and reply to questions in English at:

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