LafargeHolcim Foundation Rewarding Excellence in Sustainable Construction
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Awards

LafargeHolcim Awards 2019/2020

General

Overview

The LafargeHolcim Awards promote innovation in sustainable construction through a series of regional and global competitions. Prizes at both levels total USD 2 million for each three-year competition cycle.

The 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards competition seeks building solutions and visions that go beyond convention to address the challenges of sustainability. Registration is open until Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 14:00hrs UTC. 

Independent expert juries in five geographic regions of the world evaluate submissions using the comprehensive “target issues” for sustainable construction of the LafargeHolcim Foundation: 

“Target issues”

The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction is committed to the underlying principles of sustainability, which assert that long-term development of the built environment requires a balanced interplay of responsible economic, ecological, and social agendas.

To achieve this objective, the LafargeHolcim Foundation and its associated universities have identified five “target issues” that aim to clarify principles for sustaining the human habitat for future generations. These “target issues” serve as criteria for projects submitted for the LafargeHolcim Awards:

“Target issues”

The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction counts upon competent support, especially in the technical field. Some of the world's leading technical universities are associated with the Foundation. Drawn from around the world, the universities host symposiums and the Awards jury meetings:

Associated universities

No. Submitting entries in the competition is free.

Regions

The regional LafargeHolcim Awards are based on five geographic regions: Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East Africa, and Asia Pacific.

Region Europe includes: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montengro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City.

Region North America includes: Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, USA.

Region Latin America includes: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadelopue, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Venzuela, Virgin Islands (British), Virgin Islands (US).

Region Middle East Africa includes: Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic), Congo (Republic), Côte d'Ivoire, Djbouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Réunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Region Asia Pacific includes: Afghanistan, American Samoa, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pitcairn, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam.

Yes. The allocation of the “regions” is determined by the location of the project. In the case of site-independent projects, the affiliation is based on the country of residence of the main author.

In the case of projects where a specific site of construction has not been defined, the entry will be associated to the region in this competition based on the country of residence of the nominated Project Contact.

In case of site-independent projects, at Step 3 of the online entry form, where latitude and longitude are requested, you must enter a 0 (zero) for both latitude and longitude.

Region Europe includes: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montengro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City.

Entries in the competition are allocated to a region based on the location of the project. In the case of submissions for which a site has not been selected, “Region” is defined as the principal place of residence of the Project Contact.

Region North America includes: Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, USA.

Entries in the competition are allocated to a region based on the location of the project. In the case of submissions for which a site has not been selected, “Region” is defined as the principal place of residence of the Project Contact.

Region Latin America includes: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadelopue, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Venzuela, Virgin Islands (British), Virgin Islands (US).

Entries in the competition are allocated to a region based on the location of the project. In the case of submissions for which a site has not been selected, “Region” is defined as the principal place of residence of the Project Contact.

Region Middle East Africa includes: Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic), Congo (Republic), Côte d'Ivoire, Djbouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Réunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Entries in the competition are allocated to a region based on the location of the project. In the case of submissions for which a site has not been selected, “Region” is defined as the principal place of residence of the Project Contact.

Region Asia Pacific includes: Afghanistan, American Samoa, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pitcairn, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam.

Entries in the competition are allocated to a region based on the location of the project. In the case of submissions for which a site has not been selected, “Region” is defined as the principal place of residence of the Project Contact.

External territories are allocated to the geographical region in which they are situated, rather than the geographical region of the sovereign state.

External territories are land areas that do not possess full political independence or sovereignty as a sovereign state yet remains politically outside of the controlling state’s integral area. For example, Falkland Islands (an external territory of the United Kingdom) is allocated to region Latin America and not to region Europe.

Yes. Projects for construction in Antarctica or any other geographical location not permanently inhabited will be allocated to the region based on the country of residence of the Project Contact. When completing the entry form enter the city and country of residence of the Project Contact in the “City*” and “Country*” fields in Step 3, as well as providing Project Contact location latitude and longitude coordinates.

Please indicate in the project description that the project is planned for construction in Antarctica, and provide the project latitude and longitude coordinates. 

Prizes

No. The author(s) is/are free to decide how the funds will be used.

Project authors are at complete liberty to select their own construction partners. The LafargeHolcim Awards competition is conducted independently from the commercial interests of its sponsor.

Juries

Prize-winning projects receive a jury citation that is published on the LafargeHolcim Foundation website on the project page of each winning submission. Due to the large number of projects submitted in the competition it is not possible for the jury to prepare comments on entries that do not receive a prize.

All statements will be subject to an intensive validation process for any submission in the competition that is nominated by the LafargeHolcim Awards juries. This validation process takes place after the jury meeting and before winners are announced and prizes conferred.

After a technical pre-assessment, individual juries in each of the five regions will evaluate and rank the entries. The juries consist of independent, renowned experts from architecture, engineering and planning. The regional juries are hosted by the associated universities and coordinated by the Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

The jury members for each region are listed at the links below:

Languages

No. The LafargeHolcim Awards entry form and Helpdesk questions may only be submitted in English.

Helpdesk

A comprehensive list of responses to the most frequent questions about the LafargeHolcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects is available on this Q&A platform. If, after consulting the Q&A platform your question is not resolved, or there are specific technical inquiries, please contact the Helpdesk.

Helpdesk

14 Tips in 14 Days

Now’s the time to get started.

The best way to understand what information is needed to enter the competition is to open an online entry form, and start filling it in.

The online entry form includes help texts to explain what’s required in each the section. You can view how your submission will be presented to the independent regional jury, and re-work the content up until the competition closes. In addition, there’s a Step-by-step guide, a Q&A section … and if you get stuck taking that leap, please contact the Helpdesk for further support.

Our Step-by-step guide is a detailed handbook on how to enter the LafargeHolcim Awards. As the name suggests, the guide explains each of the five steps to complete the online entry form – and further information to help you present your project in the most convincing way.

The Step-by-step guide lists the conditions of entry and eligibility, as well as the prizes and schedule for the competition. The evaluation criteria for the competition, the “target issues” for sustainable construction are listed in full, giving you the full picture on the broad scope of the Awards. There’s a list of content required, details on limits to text lengths for each field of the entry form, and samples of completed entry forms … but if you get lost along the way, please contact the Helpdesk for further support.

Staying focused on the “target issues” for sustainable construction will help your project to stand out in the LafargeHolcim Awards. Make sure you understand how your project most contributes according to the “target issues” when responding to the statements on sustainability in the online entry form.

The independent regional juries use the five “target issues” to evaluate submissions in the competition, the criteria make it possible to compare diverse projects from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials and construction technology, and related fields.

Together with our associated universities, the LafargeHolcim Foundation developed the five “target issues” that focus on long-term development of the built environment via a mutually-reinforcing interplay of responsible economic, ecological, social, and aesthetic objectives:

In the online entry form, you need to provide three concise texts that explain the most important aspects of how your project contributes to sustainable construction. The statements on sustainability should focus on the key strengths of your project and refer to the “target issues” for sustainable construction. The statements may refer to the same or different “target issues”. Each statement may refer to single or multiple “target issues”. It is recommended that the information submitted through the images and their captions should complement the main themes of the sustainability concept.

A picture is worth 1,000 words – so it’s worth making the most of the image section of your LafargeHolcim Awards competition entry. Images are an important opportunity to explain your project in a compelling way to the independent regional Awards jury, especially since space for text is limited. The images should focus on the key points of your project and how it responds to the “target issues” for sustainable construction.

Each submission can include up to ten project images as well as a project author/team photo via the online entry form. An image file can be composed of two or more images and contain texts and tables provided readability is assured. Two of the images (#1 and #2) are presented in a larger format and should therefore be the most compelling visual representations of the project.

Images are presented in landscape format in the proportion 4:3. Images in other formats (eg: portrait) and other ratios will not use the full space allocated. Image files can include photos, graphics, renderings, plans, tables, or combinations of visual elements. Further details about image formats, captions, uploading and more is available in the comprehensive “Step-by-step” guide (see p.10 and pp.28-29) ... but if you feel “out of the picture” and need further information, please contact the Helpdesk.

The online entry form includes three texts to explain how your project contributes to sustainable construction. These relatively short texts need to be strongly focused to explain the benefits of your project to the independent regional jury. The statements should refer to the “target issues” for sustainable construction – stay fully-focused so your project stands out from the crowd.

There’s more detailed information in the “Step-by-step” guide (p.21) on how to complete the statements on sustainability. The texts will vary according to the type of project you are entering, as well as its construction status, location, context, and relative strengths. Each of the three statements may refer to the same “target issue”, to different “target issues”, or to a combination. Choose a format that best suits your submission. It’s a good idea to ensure the images and captions used in the submission also complement the main themes of the sustainability concept.

Each of the three statements on sustainability is a text field of up to 800 characters (including spaces), which is around 150 words. Make sure you’re familiar with the “target issues” for sustainable construction when preparing your statements – a good place to start is “Understanding sustainable construction” on the LafargeHolcim Foundation website ... but if you feel “lost for words” or have further questions, please contact the Helpdesk.

Execution of projects entered in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition may not have started before January 1, 2019. It’s important to understand exactly how the start date is defined. The condition means that physical construction/manufacturing of the project must not have started before January 1, 2019 – but it’s perfectly acceptable for design/research work to have already started before they key date.

Execution of the project means slightly different things for each group. For Building and civil engineering works (Group 1), and Landscape, urban design and infrastructure projects (Group 2), the “start date” (execution) is defined as when the first site preparation (including site clearing), excavation, and/or environmental remediation for building and/or civil engineering takes place. Materials, products and construction technologies (Group 3) are considered to start when manufacturing for commercial returns (commercial production) begins. To be eligible for the LafargeHolcim Awards competition, execution may not have started before January 1, 2019.

The “start of execution” date applies to both the LafargeHolcim Awards Main Category and Next Generation Category. Please note that for entries in the Next Generation category of the competition it is not essential that the project will be built. The category is open to “bold concepts (including research and design studio work)” as well.

There are further details under “planned start of construction/production” in the Glossary on the LafargeHolcim Foundation website ... but if you want to “get off to a flying start” or have further questions, please contact the Helpdesk.

Please don’t send us any physical printouts of your entry via post or courier. Only print a copy of your entry in the #LafargeHolcimAwards if you wish to keep a physical copy for your own records. We use the data submitted in the online entry form to generate display books of all entries for the independent regional juries. This allows us to present each submission in a standard layout. Creating the same standard layout for each submission gives each entry an equal opportunity to attract the attention of the jury.

At the end of Step 5 (Review) of the online entry form, all you need to do is click on “Submit”. You can make further changes to the entry after clicking “Submit” by returning to any step in the entry form. Registered participants are able to edit and complete their submission until the close of the competition on March 3, 2020 at 14:00 UTC.

The data you enter in the online entry form is used by us to generate a printed submission for each project on two A3 pages. At this size, the images in your submission are sized 127 mm x 96 mm (for the key images #1 & #2) and all further images sized 63 mm x 46 mm. We highly recommend using 4:3 ratio images – portrait format images or landscape images not in ratio 4:3 may be used, but they will not utilize the full image space available. 

In addition, the jury receive all submissions as electronic (PDF) files and can zoom in on images. They may wish to look at some of the images in further detail – but this typically is for the shortlisted projects only. At the end of Step 5 in the online entry form, if you click on “Download PDF”, you will be able to see the layout of your submission. Check the Step-by-step Guide (p.32) for further details … but don’t let printing get you in a jam – if you have further questions, please contact the Helpdesk.

The LafargeHolcim Awards competition is truly global. In the 2016/17 entry period, we received entries from more than 120 countries. But to ensure the independent regional juries evaluate all submissions equally – and also enable the LafargeHolcim Foundation to share information about the amazing winning projects – submissions must be completed in English.

Some information about the competition is also available in other languages, for example: a Quick Guide is available in English, French, Spanish and Turkish; and a media release about the launch of the Awards competition was made in English, French, German and Spanish. A short introductory video on the Awards competition is available via YouTube in English, Chinese, French, and Spanish, as well as in English with subtitles in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Kurdish, Polish, and Portuguese. Further information in local languages may be available from the LafargeHolcim company in your country.

Entries may be submitted only in English, the principal and legally binding language of the LafargeHolcim Awards competition. The online entry form supports standard characters and other characters should be substituted. We recommend using the Step-by-step guide and the support of an online translator when needed to fully understand the entry process. If you have further questions, please contact the Helpdesk.

We’d love to hear more about every project entered in the LafargeHolcim Awards, but our jury meetings last only two days. That’s why the text fields in the entry form are short: you need to stay on track and be concise.

The project description cannot exceed 800 characters (including spaces), which is around 150 words. This same text limit applies to the space available for your three statements on sustainability, as well as the CO2 lifecycle assessment (only for Main Category entries).

Think about what makes your project special – in terms of its contribution to sustainable construction. Remember that the jury will evaluate your entry using the “target issues” for sustainable construction. Understanding the “target issues” and where your project excels will help you to make the best impression during the evaluation process.

You can also look at the project descriptions created by the previous LafargeHolcim Awards winners from Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East Africa and Asia Pacific for inspiration. From the list of regional winners, click on the “Read more” link for any winning project – you’ll find the project submission in the right-hand column under “Competition entry”.

We recommend using the “Step-by-step” Guide, Awards Q&A Platform, and Glossary to enable you to present your project in the best possible way. If you have additional questions or need clarification, please contact the Helpdesk, so we can point you in the right direction.

We’ve tried to keep things simple for you to enter the LafargeHolcim Awards. There are tips (“info” icon in the online entry form) and a detailed Step-by-step guide – but sometimes you might have an additional question. That’s when you need to contact our Helpdesk.

The Helpdesk can support you with questions on using the online entry form; eligibility criteria; evaluation criteria; technical questions on access and image uploads; logins, and more. For the most frequently asked questions, we’ve also set up a searchable Q&A Platform that might hold an answer to your question. The Q&A Platform is worth browsing because it includes a series of tips and tricks (including this one) and further information on the application process, conditions, and evaluation.

To contact the Helpdesk, send your question to us via the online form. Enquiries are responded to in the order received – so the sooner you contact the Helpdesk, the earlier you’ll receive an answer.

Please note that things tend to get quite busy as we approach the deadline for entries (February 25, 2020). The Helpdesk responds to enquiries within one business day (and frequently must faster) – but the response time might be slower in those frantic last days.

There’s a new feature in the LafargeHolcim Awards Main Category entry form. For the first time, we’re asking all Main Category entrants to provide a qualitative narrative on CO2 Lifecycle Assessment. Global greenhouse emissions must be significantly reduced in the future, and the LafargeHolcim Awards seeks projects that make a contribution toward this objective.

Considering the mandate of the Paris Climate Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (adopted 2015 and ratified 2016), what measures have been taken to reduce the CO2 emissions of your project? Please outline your thoughts on the matter in a short qualitative narrative of 800 characters (including spaces), which is around 150 words.

Your response to the CO2 Lifecycle Assessment will be part of the material reviewed by the LafargeHolcim Awards juries. The five “target issues” for sustainable construction serve as evaluation criteria for the LafargeHolcim Awards – and the CO2 Lifecycle Assessment will be factored into your project’s evaluation in terms of the “target issue” Resource and environmental performance – PLANET.

The CO2 Lifecycle Assessment is applicable ONLY for submissions in the Main Category where it is compulsory – it is NOT part of the LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation category entry form.

To enable your entry to stand out during the jury evaluation, make the most effective use of the spaces allocated in the online entry form – it’s important to make each element count. Keep your eye on the details and make sure you include specifics, avoid assumptions, and back up your claims.

Be specific where it counts. Make sure that you use the most distinct terms possible to add clarity to your submission. Follow this through with the images selected to represent your project and captions. Remember we’re looking for exemplary sustainable construction projects (Main Category) and visionary design concepts and bold ideas (Next Generation Category) – and specific details can make a big difference in substantiating your claims. Avoid greenwash terms and focus on where your approach is exemplary/visionary.

Don’t assume the jury will be familiar with factors influencing the design of your intervention. Our independent regional juries are experts from a range of nations and professions, but they may not be familiar with an important aspect to which your design responds. Are there key points about the physical, social, environmental, planning/legal or technical context of your project that have influenced design choices, and therefore the efficacy of your approach?

Back up claims with data. A raw number, percentage or ratio might substantiate the claims you make about your project. It may be useful to compare your project measurements (eg: construction cost per m2, material savings, spatial daylight autonomy, etc) with conventional approaches. On the other hand, don’t be tempted to make the application so dense with facts and figures that the key points get lost in the detail.

There is no charge to enter the LafargeHolcim Awards competition. It’s free – and you can enter as many projects or concepts as you wish, from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials science, construction technology, and related fields.

We are seeking projects that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence from professionals in the Main Category, as well as bold concepts and ideas in the Next Generation Category. The LafargeHolcim Awards offer a total of USD 2 million in prize money.

Each winning team will be invited to send representatives to the LafargeHolcim Awards regional ceremony to receive their prize as guests of the LafargeHolcim Foundation (including flights and accommodation). This is not just about celebrating the winning projects – but also about creating networking opportunities for leaders in sustainable design. And that’s something to sing about!

So, what are you waiting for? Show the world your talent, creativity, and commitment to a sustainable future and enter now.

The LafargeHolcim Awards competition closes at 14:00hrs Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) no matter where you’re located in the world. Registration is open until Tuesday February 25, 2020 (14:00hrs UTC) at that time, it is no longer possible to start a new entry.

When the competition closes at 14:00hrs UTC, the local time will be 22:00hrs in Singapore; 11:00hrs in Buenos Aires; 09:00hrs in New York and 04:00hrs in Honolulu, for example. To calculate your local time equivalent please see: www.worldtimeserver.com

We highly recommend that you don’t leave it until the last minute. A high volume of users accessing the online entry form in the final days of the entry period is anticipated. This may slow down the response time of the online entry form and support from the Helpdesk. It is recommended to complete your submission well ahead of the closure of the competition.

Application

General

Submission of entries is only possible using the online entry form. No written applications (hard copy) will be accepted. If you have any difficulties in using the online entry form, please contact the Helpdesk.

Helpdesk

Yes. Please contact the Helpdesk with your request.

Helpdesk

Log-in

The online entry form works on all current desktop and mobile browsers. The form will also work on many older browser versions. Note that it will not work using Internet Explorer 8, Opera 12 or Safari 5, or earlier browser versions.

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Your application is entered in the following steps:

  1. Category and project group selection
  2. Author(s) and contact details
  3. Project data and description
  4. Project images
  5. Revision and submission

A comprehensive manual explaining all steps and requirements of the entry process is available:

Step-by-step guide

Yes. Return to the first step in the entry form by clicking on 1 in the top header navigation of the Awards entry form. Click on the radio button next to the category you wish to enter. Please note that all data is retained in the system so you can change between categories without losing entered content.

Yes. Return to the first step in the entry form by clicking on 1 in the top header navigation of the Awards entry form. Click on the radio button next to the project group you wish to enter. Please note that all data is retained in the system so you can change between project groups without losing entered content. 

No. It is not permitted to submit more than one entry for the same project. Please choose either “Group 1 – Architecture, building and civil engineering” or “Group 2 – Landscape, urban design and infrastructure” or “Group 3 - Materials, products and construction technologies” for the project, depending on the elements of the project that you consider most compelling to the independent LafargeHolcim Awards jury.

Please note that all projects (irrespective of being Group 1, Group 2, or Group 3) are examined by the jury concurrently. There are slight differences in project Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 which are explained in detail in the Step-by-step guide (pp.8-9).

Step-by-step guide

No. You may complete the steps of the entry form in any order.

The entry may only be confirmed after all mandatory information is completed and other requirements (eg: character limits in various fields) are met. Error messages will alert you throughout the application process to highlight mandatory fields and other requirements.

Yes. Changes can be made until close of competition on March 3, 2020 at 14:00hrs UTC for registered projects. No new entries may be started after February 25, 2020 at 14:00hrs UTC. 

Yes. Please check warning messages and PDF previews of entered data to ensure that all of your text is visible.

The allowed number of characters includes spaces, blank lines and line breaks. It is an approximated value with a certain tolerance. The number of the counted characters depends on the type of the website browser. Therefore, spaces, blank lines and returns may be counted as two or more characters.

The following fields are restricted by a maximum number of permitted characters:

  • Title (Salutation): 32 characters
  • Last name: 64 characters
  • First name: 20 characters
  • Middle name(s): 20 characters
  • Position: 64 characters
  • Organization: 64 characters
  • Address: 128 characters
  • City: 30 characters
  • State: 30 characters
  • Telephone: 50 characters
  • Email: 64 characters
  • Website: 64 characters
  • Project title: 60 characters
  • Client: 64 characters
  • City (location of project): 64 characters
  • Title of other competition (if applicable): 64 characters
  • Project summary: 800 characters
  • Statements on sustainability: 3 x Title of 90 characters and Text of 800 characters
  • CO2 lifestyle assessment (800 characters, LafargeHolcim Awards main category only)
  • Further relevant key figures: 200 characters
  • Materials used: 200 characters
  • Materials and production methods: 200 characters
  • Financial concept: 200 characters
  • Technical data: 150 characters
  • Image captions (for images #1 and #2): 500 characters
  • Image captions (for images #3 to #10): 100 characters
  • Image caption (for portrait image): 100 characters

 For Next Generation entries there are also:

  • Main discipline: 64 characters
  • University contact: 64 characters
  • Name of University: 64 characters

For authors under the age of 18 at close of competition:

  • Guardian title: 32 characters
  • Guardian last name: 64 characters
  • Guardian first name: 20 characters
  • Guardian middle name: 20 characters
  • Guardian ZIP code: 20 characters
  • Guardian city: 30 characters
  • Guardian state: 30 characters
  • Guardian email: 64 characters

The number of permitted lines refers to the layout of the confirmation PDF that you will receive after completion of your entry (which may vary from the number of lines of text that appears within the entry form). The final check if the texts fit into the form is applied through the confirmation PDF, generated after Step 5.

No, if you click in the checkbox “Remember me” on the “Welcome” page, you will be automatically logged-on to your entry submission on the step last viewed using a cookie stored on your computer.

Do not use the “Remember me” feature on shared computers.

Please note: if you wish to submit more than one entry, each entry must be submitted individually using a separate Entry ID. Click on “New Entry” to generate a unique Entry ID for each project. If you have used the “Remember me” feature, you will need to click on “Logout” to return to the landing page to obtain a further Entry ID.

Entry ID(s) can be re-sent to the nominated email address of the Project Contact and Password(s) can be recovered. Please see: 

Recover your password

Please check that your computer system configuration accepts “cookies”. Also check that you have entered the Entry ID and Password using the correctly.

If you are still not able to access the online application form, please see:

Recover your password

As a last option you can send your inquiry, including the Entry ID directly to the Helpdesk:

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Information on all project authors

All authors with a right of authorship must be listed in Step 2. There must be at least one Main Author and there can also be Further Authors listed. This counts for individuals as well as for groups of individuals. If a “collaborating team” has a legal status, a representative has to be named as a Project Contact. In all cases, the Project Contact acts as the sole contact person with respect to the competition.

Description of the project

Considering the mandate of the Paris Climate Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (adopted 2015 and ratified 2016), global greenhouse emissions must be significantly reduced in the future. Accordingly, the LafargeHolcim Awards seeks projects that make a contribution toward this objective.

Your response should be contextual based on the type of project you are submitting in the competition, and the aspects of your project that make it a compelling example of sustainable construction. The CO2 impacts should consider all stages of the project’s life cycle (material manufacturing, construction, maintenance/use, end of life).

Your response to the CO2 Lifecycle Assessment will be part of the material reviewed by the LafargeHolcim Awards juries. The five “target issues” for sustainable construction serve as evaluation criteria for the LafargeHolcim Awards – and the CO2 Lifecycle Assessment will be factored into your project’s evaluation in terms of the “target issue” Resource and environmental performance – PLANET

For Building and civil engineering works (Group 1), and Landscape, urban design and infrastructure projects (Group 2), the “start date” is defined as when the first site preparation (including site clearing), excavation, and/or environmental remediation for building and/or civil engineering takes place. Materials, products and construction technologies (Group 3) are considered to start when manufacturing for commercial returns (commercial production) begins.

Please note that all statements (including “estimated start of construction”) will be subject to an intensive validation process for any submission in the competition that is nominated by the LafargeHolcim Awards juries. This validation process takes place before winners are announced and prizes conferred.

If demolition work is conducted in direct connection to the project and is included in the framework for works on the site (for example, as part of a redevelopment plan), then it is considered part of the site preparation. The start of demolition work would then need to be included in determining the “start date” of the project.

If demolition work has been conducted independently to the submitted project and that demolition would take place irrespective of whether the submitted project goes ahead, then it is not considered part of the site preparation. Please explain briefly any demolition work that may have been conducted prior to the project within the “project description” field of the entry form.

Please note that all statements (including “estimated start of construction”) will be subject to an intensive validation process for any submission in the competition that is nominated by the LafargeHolcim Awards juries. This validation process takes place before winners are announced and prizes conferred.

Submissions in the LafargeHolcim Awards (main category) are required to be at an advanced stage of design with a high potential for realization. “High potential for realization” infers that planning has reached a level of development that indicates the project could be viable (thus could be realized).

The condition aims to ensure the Awards competition promotes approaches to sustainable construction that are tangible and thus contribute in a practical way to achieving greater sustainability of the built environment.

The definition “advanced stage of design” allows a wide range of projects to enter the LafargeHolcim Awards (main category). If the project is the development of new materials, products, processes or concepts, a fairly developed, mature and concrete project is required rather than a vague idea or vision. If the project deals with a building or infrastructure project, the competition is seeking entries close to execution.

It is mandatory to include a figure under cost of construction. This is an important element of the online entry form because it gives a sense of the scale of the project and informs regarding its economic viability. For projects at an early stage of design, it is acceptable that this figure is a basic estimate that you might base on projects of similar scope/size constructed in a similar locality. 

For construction costs in both groups please use US dollars (USD). The construction costs should include the following elements: 

  • Structure - construction works: including excavation, foundations, external walls, internal walls, floors and ceilings, roofs, structural fittings and other construction-related activities such as site equipment, scaffolding, and demolition work.
  • Structure - services: including sewage, water and gas systems, heat supply systems, air treatment systems, power installations, telecommunications and other communications systems, transport systems, function-related equipment and fittings, building automation and other services-related work.

No. All submissions will be evaluated according to the “target issues” for sustainable construction.

“Target issues”

Although not a decisive requirement, the existence of a client might be proof of the project's advanced stage of development and feasibility. The client – in some specific cases – can have the dual responsibility of being both client and designer.

For Next Generation projects where no specific client has been identified, please indicate the type of client that the project would seek if it were to progress towards implementation (eg: private investor, government authority, school, NGO, etc).

Please enter the two largest measurements in the first field (eg: 345 x 250 mm) and the smallest measurement in the second field (eg: 100 mm).

Images illustrating the project

Upload image files by clicking on the “Upload” button or dragging the file into the position required. The image is then uploaded and a thumbnail is generated in the chosen position. You do not need to wait for one image to upload completely before selecting the next image for upload. Each image must be selected for upload individually.

To move an image, click on the arrow and drag to change the order of Images. If you move an image to a position in which an image is already located, the original image will move to the vacant position. Captions move with their assigned image.

To delete an image, click on the trash icon to delete an image from the gallery. The caption will be retained in the vacant image position.

Captions are mandatory for each image (maximum length 500 characters for images #1 and #2, 100 characters for each of the others).

Images are preferred in JPG format, although in most cases PNG, BMP or TIF format will be suitable. AutoCad or PDF files are not permitted. All images must use the RGB color set. Images in CMYK color set will be converted into RGB, but may lose resolution and not render colors as accurately.

If images do not render/appear, exchange the images for JPG format in CMYK color set and check that the images are smaller than 15MB each and no greater than 9,000 x 6,750 pixels. If you are using an older web browser or PDF reader, these may not be compatible with all functionality of the online entry form.

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“Target issues” and assessment

All “target issues” are equal in their importance. Nevertheless the juries are independent and free to use the “target issue” criteria as a guideline during the evaluation process.

“Target issues”

Supplementary material

No. It is not possible to submit files or include links to any additional material including video or slide presentations.

The design of a standardized entry form aims to provide each project author/team with equal  opportunity as all other submissions to capture the attention of the independent regional jury. The jury meeting lasts two days and there would not be sufficient time to allow the jury to view additional material for every project entered.

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Conditions

Evaluation criteria

Based on the “triple bottom line” concept, the LafargeHolcim Foundation developed a set of five “target issues” for sustainable construction, which serve as a basis for the adjudication process of the LafargeHolcim Awards. More information about the “target issues”, including practical examples of each concept is available on the LafargeHolcim Foundation website.

“Target issues”

The juries will receive all data provided in both print and electronic form. The printed version consists of two pages A3, including images, texts, project information and self-assessment. The digital form will present the same data and includes a zoom function.

Project eligibility

It depends on when construction/production started. The project is not eligible for submission in either the LafargeHolcim Awards main category or LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation category if construction/production started before January 1, 2019.

The start of construction is defined for architecture, building and civil engineering, landscape, urban design and infrastructure projects as when the first site preparation, excavation, and/or environmental remediation takes place.

The start of construction is defined for materials, products and construction technologies projects as when manufacturing for commercial returns (commercial production) begins.

It depends on which category of the competition you wish to enter. Projects at the “concept” or “preliminary design phase” are only eligible for the LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation category. The “preliminary design phase” is defined as:

Preliminary design phase

An entry of this type shall have completed most of the components of preliminary design (project planning and preparation), possibly prepared within the framework of a competition or as direct commission, and has further developed essential elements of a solution to the project task:

  • Analysis of available data
  • Sketches or experimental drawings (scale 1:500) with explanatory notes if required, making use of the contributions made by other specialists involved in the project
  • Preparation of perspectives, specimens, models
  • Clarification and explanation of the key urban planning, design, functional, technical, building physics, financial and energy cost (e.g. cost-effective energy use strategies and use of renewable energy sources), and environmental or conservation factors, processes and conditions
  • Preliminary negotiations with local authorities and other specialists involved in the project in respect of compliance with approval conditions
  • Cost estimate
  • Preparation of a financial budget
  • Preparation of a timetable and an organizational structure

Authors under 30 years of age with projects at a final design stage, tendering, contract awarded or under construction/commercial production commenced should enter these projects in the LafargeHolcim Awards main category.

For the LafargeHolcim Awards main category, projects must be at one of the following stages of implementation: final design stage; tendering; contract awarded; or under construction/commercial production commenced (started after January 1, 2019). Therefore, a project at "preliminary design phase" cannot be entered in the LafargeHolcim Awards main category. 

No. In addition to the other conditions of entry, eligibility for each category is determined by the status of planning of the project.

Projects are eligible for the LafargeHolcim Awards main category only if they are at an advanced design stage, final design stage, tendering, contract awarded, under construction or completed (but where no construction/fabrication had started before January 1, 2019).

Projects are eligible for the LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation category only if they are at the concept, preliminary design stage, design studio work, or research. Authors under 30 years of age with projects at an advanced design stage, final design stage, tendering, contract awarded, under construction or completed (but where no construction/fabrication had started before January 1, 2019) should enter these projects in the LafargeHolcim Awards main category.

Yes. There is no limit to the number of projects that any individual or team may enter in the competition. A project may only be entered in one of the two project categories.

Each entry must be submitted individually using a separate Entry ID. Click on “New Entry” to generate a unique Entry ID for each project. If you have used the “Remember me” feature, you will need to click on “Logout” to return to the landing page to obtain a further Entry ID.

Yes. Provided the criteria for participation in the current LafargeHolcim Awards competition are fulfilled.

If the project has been submitted in another competition, please select “yes” for “Submitted in any other competition*” in Step 3 of the online entry form and provide the relevant details.

Yes. A building component such as a ventilation system or heat exchange system may be entered in the competition and should be assigned to the “Materials, products and construction technologies” in Step 1.

Please note that “Materials, products and construction technologies” may be entered in the competition only if manufacturing for commercial returns (commercial production) started after January 1, 2019. Any prototypes must demonstrate that the building technology is transferable to other buildings.

No. The LafargeHolcim Awards competition is open only to building and civil engineering works; landscape, urban design and infrastructure; and materials, products and construction technologies. Entries in the competition are assessed by independent regional juries on the basis of the five “target issues” for sustainable construction and a database or online directory would be unable to address these criteria without extrapolation to the component products that it lists.

Participation

No. The LafargeHolcim Awards recognize contributions to sustainable construction in architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials science, construction technology, and related fields.

A project may not be entered in the competition if a member of the regional jury is a project author. A project may, however, be submitted in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition where a project author is a member of another regional jury that will not asses the project.

Members of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury are not eligible to participate as authors of any project. In all cases, the respective person must be listed as a project author.

Yes. Authors of projects submitted in the 1st-5th LafargeHolcim Awards competitions are welcome to re-enter the competition.

A project submitted in a previous cycle of the Awards competition may only be re-entered if substantial changes/progress has been made or the project was rejected for formal reasons (e.g. missing data, conflict of interest with a member of the jury, etc.). In addition, the entry would need to comply with the full conditions of entry in the (current) 6th LafargeHolcim Awards competition.

The intention is to encourage young professionals and university students to participate in the competition.

The LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation category seeks visionary design concepts and bold ideas at a preliminary stage of design, including design studio and research work. To participate in this category, authors may not be older than 30 years (date of birth later than June 4, 1988).

Students and young professionals are welcome to enter the Awards main category with projects that have reached an advanced stage of design.

Yes – although the analytical/technical components of a submission would typically require tertiary study and/or equivalent experience. If the author has not attended any university course, select “Other (Undergraduate)” in the “Study program” field and enter “not applicable” in each of the other fields relating to university study. 

Impediments / Conflict of interest

Only if the team member was/is not directly involved in the preparation or running of the competition.

According to the conditions of entry (impediments / conflict of interest), “Persons who, due to their collaboration in the preparation or running of the competition, might be in a favored position, able to influence the jury’s decision or have any other (matured or unmatured) conflict of interest are ineligible to enter the competition. Staff of LafargeHolcim, and staff of associated universities of the LafargeHolcim Foundation may only participate if they are/were not directly involved in the preparation or running of the competition.

Respecting regional and international law, each person with a right of authorship on the elements of the project submitted must be listed in the submission. If the Main Author enters only a detail of a project, then only the author/team of that detail must be named. If the Main Author submits a project in its entirety, all authors must be named.

Consent

If more than one person has the right to be the author, the details of all team members should be included in the application. All members would receive the prize. Legal entities and design teams must name an authorized representative (ie: Project Contact) who will act as the sole responsible contact person.

The statements made in the online Declaration of Authorship are considered to be true and legally binding in compliance with local applicable laws and regulations. Every author is required to individually clarify his or her eligibility for participation. The eligibility of the authors will be rechecked after the meeting of the jury.

The applicant must also advise how any prize money received would be distributed (in %) for each author.

The authorized representative will act as sole contact person between the LafargeHolcim Foundation and the legal entities and design teams. This role of Project Contact is identified in Step 2 and can be assigned to a Main Author, Further Author, or non-author. Only one person may be designated as Project Contact. 

All authors of the project receive the prize. It is up to the team to decide on the distribution of the prize money. In Step 2 of the Online Entry Form the Project Contact must declare how any prize money received would be distributed (in %) for each author.

Ownership and copyright

Although the right of authorship, including protection against the copying of ideas, and the right to publication of the design remains with each author, the latter explicitly grants the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and LafargeHolcim the right to use the data, documents, images and files submitted in its entirety or partly, in original or edited format, internally or externally, in every form and for any purpose whatsoever in relation to the LafargeHolcim Awards competition.

Documentation

All LafargeHolcim Awards prize-winning projects will be presented in various print and electronic communications by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and LafargeHolcim. Submitted projects may be compiled by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for public access in electronic and/or printed format, giving credit to the authors and their collaborators in compliance with the authorship declaration.

Schedule

All participants must be registered before February 25, 2020 at 14:00 hrs UTC. Registered participants are able to edit and complete their submission until March 3, 2020 at 14:00 UTC.

A high volume of users accessing the online entry form in the final days of the registration/finalization period is anticipated. This may slow down the response time of the online entry form. It is recommended to complete submissions well ahead of the final deadline.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the schedule for announcing regional Awards winners has changed. The winners of both the regional phase and global phase of the Awards competition will now be announced and celebrated in 2021. The schedule and format for the Awards announcements will be published as soon as possible, taking the development of the pandemic and the safety of everyone involved into consideration.

The Project Contact of all nominated prize winners have been informed and the verification process successfully completed. The ranking of winning projects will not be disclosed until the prizes are handed over in 2021.

Main Authors, Further Authors, and Project Contacts of all entered projects will be informed via email of the competition results, which will also be communicated through print, electronic and social media.

First-ever virtual meetings of LafargeHolcim Awards juries

The Project Contact of all nominated prize winners have been informed and the verification process successfully completed. The ranking of winning projects will not be disclosed until the prizes are handed over in 2021. All contacts and authors are automatically added to the LafargeHolcim Foundation’s email newsletter and will receive a small number of email updates on the LafargeHolcim Awards competition and other LafargeHolcim Foundation initiatives.

The schedule and format for the Awards announcements will be published as soon as possible, taking the development of the pandemic and the safety of everyone involved into consideration.

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