University building in France

86 Promoting and rewarding sustainable construction The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction promotes innovative approaches to sustainable construction. The objective of the Holcim Foundation is to encourage sustainable responses to the technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues affecting building and construction, regionally as well as globally – through a range of initiatives. The Holcim Awards is a series of international competitions for future- oriented and tangible sustainable construction projects. They recognize any contribution to sustainable construction – irrespective of scale – in archi- tecture, landscape and urban design, civil and mechanical engineering and related disciplines. Prize money of USD 2 million per three-year competi- tion cycle encourages and inspires achievements that go beyond convention, explore new ways and means, and draw attention to and identify excel- lence. The Awards competition is conducted in partnership with some of the world’s most renowned technical universities* who lead the independent competition juries to evaluate entries according to the “target issues” for sustainable construction. Updates on projects associated with the initiatives of the Holcim Foundation are regularly published and explain how projects have evolved from inspired ideas into tangible flagships of sustainable construction. The Holcim Forum is a series of symposiums for academia and practitioners to encourage discourse on the future of the built environment. It supports sustainable construction in the scientific field, among experts in the con- struction sector, business and society. * see details at: