The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction was created in 2003 to raise awareness of the important role that architecture, engineering, urban planning and the building industry have in achieving a more sustainable future. It is an initiative of LafargeHolcim, and expresses its commitment to sustainable development.
Flagship of the Foundation is the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. It is the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design. It rewards projects and visionary concepts that go beyond balancing environmental performance, social responsibility, and economic growth, thereby exemplifying architectural excellence and a high degree of transferability. Each competition cycle spans three years, from announcement to completion and a total of USD 2 million in prize money is awarded.
The Holcim Awards competition for projects and visions from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials science, construction technology, and related fields has two categories:
- Holcim Awards main category for exemplary projects in sustainable construction at an advanced stage of design. This category is open to everyone
Holcim Awards Next Generation category for visionary design concepts and bold ideas in sustainable construction. This category is restricted to authors up to 30 years of age.