January 10, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The Holcim Foundation will launch its second Awards competition for sustainable construction projects, and will hold an international symposium dedicated to Urban_Trans_Formation in 2007. A commemorative book on the first Holcim Awards competition and a booklet on the target issues for sustainable construction have been published which show practical examples of sustainable construction.
The second cycle of the Holcim Awards competition will open June 1, 2007. It will remain open until February 29, 2008 for all construction projects in an advanced stage of design; construction may not have started before June 1, 2007.
The $2-million (US) competition will be conducted in English only and celebrates innovative, future-oriented and tangible sustainable construction projects from around the globe. More details about the competition will be announced later in the year.
The Holcim Foundation has published a large-format 200-page book on the first Holcim Awards providing a contemporary snapshot of the global state of sustainable construction. The book is available from the Holcim Foundation at $40 (US) per copy, and via in PDF sections via the website at www.holcimawards.org.
A 60-page booklet explains the criteria of sustainable construction based on the example of an office building in Costa Rica. The target issues provide the basis for judging entries in the Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects. They more broadly highlight important criteria for increased sustainability performance of the built environment. The booklet is available for download (1.2MB PDF) at www.holcimfoundation.org/media/publications/Criteria_sustainable_construction.pdf. French, Spanish and Russian translations will be available early in 2007.