LafargeHolcim Foundation Promoting and Rewarding Sustainable Construction

"Target Issues"

Economic viability and compatibility – Prosperity

Floating on clouds: Spanish architect Carlos Arroyo transformed a disused factory building into …
Floating on clouds: Spanish architect Carlos Arroyo transformed a disused factory building into the new city hall and civic center of Oostkamp in Belgium. Cloud-like shapes made of glass-reinforced gypsum and recycled paper complement the layout of modular clusters in the former factory halls. The patio (pictured above) serves as additional public space. This project won the Holcim Awards Silver 2011 Europe and was inaugurated in June 2012. Photo: Miguel de Guzman.

Definition – Economic viability and compatibility – Prosperity

Projects must be economically feasible and able to secure financing – whether from public, commercial, or concessional sources – while having a positive impact on society and the environment. Avoiding the wasteful consumption of material resources, an economy of means in construction is to be promoted.

  • Funding sources and profits earned must be legitimate and transparent.
  • Projects should cover operating costs over their lifetime and generate an acceptable rate of return.
  • Integration of the project into the wider economic framework of local, regional, and global monetary flows.
  • Demonstrate flexibility to adapt to future changes of user needs, ownership, laws, regulations, and economic fluctuations.
  • Robust economic models are sought that take unpriced external costs into consideration from the outset.
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