4th International Holcim Awards Seeks for Innovative Ideas on Sustainable Construction

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Approaching the closure of its registration on the 24th of March 2014, the 4th International Holcim Awards still looks forward to the innovative, visionary sustainable construction projects from around the globe. Hosted by Holcim Foundation, the competitionis aimed to promote sustainable development and this time particularly expects great interest from Asia, especially Singapore.

The competition is comprised of two categories — the Holcim Awards (main category) and the Next Generation. The Main Category is targeted for professional architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms whose projects have reached an advanced stage of design, have a high probability of being executed, and construction has not started before the 1st of July 2013. The Next Generation category, on the other hand, is aimed at the young professionals and university students in their 18 – 30 years of age who have visionary projects and bold ideas.

All entries need to be submitted online at www.holcimawards.org and will be evaluated by internationally renowned architects, academics, and experts to ensure each project’s compliance with five ‘target issues’ consisting the economic, social and environmental performance, as well as contextual/aesthetic impact, and innovation/transferability.

The winners of this cycle will be rewarded a total of USD 2 million in prize money. However, apart from the financial rewards, Edward Schwarz, the General Manager of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, stated on an exclusive interview with AsiaGreenBuildings.com that the prominent benefit for the winners is the mileage in terms of publicity that goes with it.

“We want to be like a turntable for good ideas,” he added. The exposure of achievement provided by an international organization like Holcim would leverage the credibility of the winner’s works and more easily convince potential sponsors they may need.

The competition is set to be simultaneously conducted in five global regions namely Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa-Middle East, and Asia Pacific, but Edward admitted that traditionally, Asia Pacific and Latin America contribute the most entries to this competition.

Singapore in particular, is projected to register more entries as “it has more examples with emphasis on recycling, energy saving, and new innovations with regards to construction materials compared to other countries where it’s more about social projects and projects using just local or traditional building materials”, as Edward claimed.

The registration and application are currently open via online form only, which can be accessed on the official website of Holcim Awards, http://www.holcimawards.org. (AGB.com — SA)

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