Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction

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The Holcim Foundation 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.

Holcim Awards

Winners of the regional LafargeHolcim Awards Europe in 2017

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. 

There are two categories within the Awards competition. The Main category is open to architects, engineers, planners, project owners, builders and construction firms for projects at an advanced stage of design with high probability of execution. The Next Generation category for young professionals and students up to 30 years of age seeks visions and bold ideas. In both categories, execution of the project may not have started before the opening of the competition.

See the winners of the sixth cycle, Next Generation category


Holcim Forum

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The Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction is a tri-annual series of conferences on a specific topic of sustainable construction, conducted in collaboration with the Foundation’s associated universities. The multi-day event is an academic platform for architects, engineers, planners, and construction specialists of all generations and geographic locations. 

In addition, the Holcim Forum provides master and PhD students appointed by the Foundation’s associated universities with an opportunity to network with some of the world’s leading professionals.


This dialog brings the visions of young professionals to the symposium. Each Holcim Forum is complemented by the release of academic publications. Since its inception, the Foundation has conducted five forums.


The 6th International Holcim Forum, dedicated to the topic of “Re-materializing Construction”, was organized by the American University in Cairo, Egypt. It took place from April 4 to 6, 2019.



Disseminating knowledge


Through its activities, the Foundation has developed a close-knit global network of stakeholder groups, and it has grown to assume the role of information hub.


The Foundation publishes booklets on exemplary sustainable construction projects, as well as maintaining a comprehensive Internet presence and Social Media engagement. 


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Keeping in touch and up-to-date

The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction regularly sends out updates (about six per year) on its programs and activities. Personal data is handled responsibly, diligently and in compliance with all legal requirements. State of the art professional standards are applied to protect the integrity and security of personal data. The Foundation's Data Privacy Notice informs about rights under applicable data protection. 


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