Holcim Opens $2 Million Competition To Customers, Project Owners Worldwide

A nine-month call for entries has kicked off the 3rd International Holcim Awards competition, which recognizes sustainable building and civil engineering works; landscape, urban design and infrastructure projects; and, materials, products and construction technologies

Source: Holcim (US) Inc., Waltham, Mass.

A nine-month call for entries has kicked off the 3rd International Holcim Awards competition, which recognizes sustainable building and civil engineering works; landscape, urban design and infrastructure projects; and, materials, products and construction technologies.

The main category is open to architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms that showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues with contemporary building and construction. In addition, the Holcim Awards program seeks visions and ideas for a "Next Generation" category, open to student projects created within university curricula at final year bachelor level or above. Submissions in both categories are evaluated by independent juries, using five "target issues" to define sustainable construction. Three of these align with the triple bottom line concept of balanced social, environmental and economic performance. The rest cover contextual and aesthetic impact, and innovation and transferability.

An initiative of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Switzerland, the competition celebrates innovative, future-oriented and tangible projects and visions from around the globe. It comprises five regional competitions in 2010/11 and a global phase in 2012. Step-by-step instructions on how to enter the competition, with a March 23, 2011, entry deadline, are available online.