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March 03, 2021 | The Materials Book | San Rafael, CA, USA

The new carbon architecture

The new carbon architectureIn the effort to halt and reverse climate change, the embodied carbon of building materials matters more than anyone had thought. We are in technological reach, within a generation, of creating buildings and cities that generate more energy than they use, reverse the emissions engine, cool the climate and make nicer places to live and work.

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February 24, 2021 | The Materials Book | New Delhi, India

Greener and more circular approaches to building materials

Greener and more circular approaches to building materialsThe Society for Technology & Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), a three-decade- old social enterprise based in New Delhi, develops greener technologies and processes for the construction industry. Three of these – EcoKilns, Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3), and new methods for the reuse of construction waste – have been proven at commercial scale and are being adopted by companies small and large.

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February 22, 2021 | The Materials Book | Lausanne, Switzerland

Monitoring material flows and their regenerative values

Monitoring material flows and their regenerative valuesIn a world where data is ubiquitous, it might seem easy to monitor material and energy flows through urban systems. Policymakers and society as a whole rarely acknowledge resource, energy, or water scarcity. More often than not, they are not properly measured, or only partially so, even though a misleading indicator can be as detrimental as no measure at all: both can steer us in the wrong direction.

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February 17, 2021 | Board Update | Sydney, Australia

Maria Atkinson AM to chair Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation

Maria Atkinson AM to chair Board of the LafargeHolcim FoundationThe LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction ensures that its activities are aligned with the leading-edge of sustainable development across architectural, scientific, cultural and policy concerns. The important role of setting strategic direction is the responsibility of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

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February 17, 2021 | The Materials Book | Paris, France

Reducing the embodied emissions of the built environment

Reducing the embodied emissions of the built environmentThe global urban population is projected to increase by 57% to 2.4 billion in the next 30 years – and material consumption is predicted to grow even faster. Without a new approach, the high demand for raw materials far exceeds what the planet can sustainably provide. A promising opportunity for reducing carbon emissions in the built environment and infrastructure is incorporating the principles of the circular economy into all phases of a building’s cycle, which can help meet the needs of the built space while contributing to the goal of carbon neutrality.

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February 12, 2021 | Video series | Zurich, Switzerland

Ideas on how to build greener and smarter

Ideas on how to build greener and smarterBuildings and infrastructure account for almost 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions and the sector consumes finite resources at the rate of 40 billion tons of raw material every year. The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has produced six short videos that each focus on an important aspect of circular materials flows. The videos follow-on from expert discussions at the LafargeHolcim Forum on Re-materializing Construction and cover a selection of solutions to help reach net-zero targets for the building and infrastructure sector.

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February 10, 2021 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Focus on low-carbon construction and circular material flows in LafargeHolcim Awards competition

Focus on low-carbon construction and circular material flows in LafargeHolcim Awards competitionA jury of nine experts will meet to select the global prize winners of the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. 33 finalist projects from 25 countries will take part in the global phase of the competition. The LafargeHolcim Awards promotes innovation in how the built environment is engineered and designed – a crucial requirement to enable the transition to low-carbon construction and circular material flows.

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December 30, 2020 | Promoting Sustainable Design since 2003 | Zurich, Switzerland

Wishing you all the best for a safe, happy and prosperous New Year

Wishing you all the best for a safe, happy and prosperous New YearThe LafargeHolcim Foundation for SustainableConstruction looks forward to doing its part in 2021 to promote Carbon Neutral Construction that reduces CO2 in materials and processes; Circular Construction that recycles materials such as building and demolition waste; and Design Innovation & Digital Design to build more with less.

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December 09, 2020 | The Materials Book | Cairo, Egypt

An urban metabolism study in Cairo

An urban metabolism study in CairoAlthough cities are engines of economic development and concentrations of human activities, they are also hubs for consumption with the resulting environmental degradation. An urban metabolism study of two diverse districts of Cairo – a formal district and an informal one – aims to understand flows in these districts and propose locally-responsive interventions.

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December 04, 2020 | The Materials Book | Zurich, Switzerland

Reconnecting energy and climate to architectural design

Reconnecting energy and climate to architectural designBuildings consume energy in two main ways. Firstly, through their use of building materials and the energy required for the construction process, and secondly through the operation of the building. A large (and growing) contributor to this skyrocketing energy demand is the rapid growth and reliance on mechanical air-conditioning.

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November 13, 2020 | LafargeHolcim Roundtable | Zurich, Switzerland

Experts from academia and LafargeHolcim shape the next Forum of the LafargeHolcim Foundation

Experts from academia and LafargeHolcim shape the next Forum of the LafargeHolcim FoundationExperts including members of the Academic Committee (AC) of the LafargeHolcim Foundation and from top management of the LafargeHolcim Group took an active role in the first ever “internal” Roundtable for Sustainable Construction led by Marilyne Andersen, professor at EPFL Lausanne. The virtual meeting was the launchpad to define topics and speakers for the next symposium of the global LafargeHolcim Foundation – the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-manufacturing Construction” is scheduled for early 2022 in São Paulo, Brazil. The Forum will focus on sustainable construction in the scientific field to promote interdisciplinary dialog, bring forward new ideas, and examine potential solutions.

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November 02, 2020 | Foundations 24 | Eclepens, Switzerland

October 21, 2020 | Foundations 24 | Zurich, Switzerland

October 20, 2020 | Foundations 24 | Eclepens, Switzerland

October 18, 2020 | Publication Announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

September 30, 2020 | Project Update | Wellesley, MA, USA

The re-imagined greenhouse is growing on its residents

The re-imagined greenhouse is growing on its residentsConstruction of the LafargeHolcim Awards winning net-zero energy greenhouse at Wellesley College, USA was completed in 2019. Sustainable design is at the very core of the structure, form, and system – meeting sustainability metrics as a matter of course and then goes much further to achieve a virtuosity of integration. The Global Flora conservatory at the Margaret C Ferguson Greenhouses will open to the general public when renovation of the Science Center is completed, planned for early 2022. More than 1,000 varieties of plants are housed in the bio-friendly greenhouse – and are showing signs of handling the transition well.

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August 27, 2020 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

July 31, 2020 | The Materials Book | Cairo, Egypt

Harvesting Materials in a World of Finite Resources

Harvesting Materials in a World of Finite ResourcesA global discourse on materials must address the issue of the harvesting and repurposing of waste. Traditional waste management systems in the Global South are embedded in realities that are often too complex for systems based on the European model to understand. These informal, socially constructed systems are difficult for city planners to accommodate because they developed from the needs and realities of urban inhabitants and were not determined or implemented on a governmental level. They derive from the residents’ knowledge of informal markets and trading systems and provide the most destitute segments of society with incomes, livelihoods, trades, occupations, and economic growth opportunities that other sectors do not provide.

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July 21, 2020 | The Materials Book | Madrid, Spain

Sustainability is inseparable from nature

Sustainability is inseparable from natureTo speak about the materials of construction, as a designer, is to take into account the context of the materials. Starting with history: it’s been said that if you want to look far into the future, first look far into the past. History is inseparable from place. Sustainability, similarly, is inseparable from nature.

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July 15, 2020 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Eclepens, Switzerland

LafargeHolcim Awards juries nominate winners in world’s most significant competition for sustainable design

LafargeHolcim Awards juries nominate winners in world’s most significant competition for ...For each region of the world, nine jurors spent two to three days reviewing submissions and selecting the best projects and visions in sustainable construction. The expertly managed process nominates the potential winners and runners-up in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards competition. A multi-step verification process must confirm the winners now which will be communicated in 2021. Physical jury meetings and prize hand-over events had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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