Only a Few Days Left To Register Sustainable Construction Projects to Holcim Awards Competition

The 3rd International Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction will close for registration on March 23, 2011. Entries are being accepted until 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The competition recognizes and celebrates innovative, future-oriented and tangible projects and visions from around the globe and is open to: sustainable building and civil engineering works; landscape, urban design and infrastructure projects; and materials, products and construction technologies.

Entries must be submitted online at

Outstanding Canadian winning projects in the previous competition cycles include Greening the Infrastructure at Benny Farm in Montreal which won Gold in the 2005 North American competition and Bronze in the Global phase in 2006. In 2008, Living with Lakes Centre for freshwater restoration and research in Sudbury, Ontario, was honored with the Bronze award in the North American competition. Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto won an Acknowledgement Prize that same year. Evergreen Brick Works transformed the former Don Valley Brick Works in Toronto from a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings into an international showcase for urban sustainability and green design.

"Participating in the Holcim Awards process opened our eyes to the larger world of sustainable construction. We learned a great deal about how people from every corner of the planet are defining and pursuing sustainability. The experience helped us make better 'green' decisions in the final stages of detailed design and construction for our project. The prestigious nature of the award in the design and construction industry helped us attract new partners to the project," said David Stonehouse, general manager, Evergreen Brick Works.

The 3rd International Holcim Awards competition is comprised of five regional competitions in 2010/11 - North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa Middle East, and Asia Pacific - and a global phase in 2012. Submissions are evaluated by independent juries of internationally renowned architects and academics, using five "target issues" to define sustainable construction. Three of these issues align with the triple bottom line concept of a balanced social, environmental and economic performance. The rest cover contextual and aesthetic impact, innovation and transferability. 

Two Canadians are on the jury for the region of North America: Dr. Raymond Cole, Professor at the University of British Columbia's School of Architecture and Professor Mark West of the University of Manitoba. The North American jury is headed by Professor Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

The Holcim Awards have two categories: a Main category for projects at an advanced stage of design, for which construction must have started after July 1, 2010, and a "Next Generation" category to which university students can submit their visions and ideas that is open to those in the final year of their bachelor program or above (including Masters and PhD programs).

The Holcim Awards run on a three-year cycle from opening of entries to the final ceremony awarding the global winners. With nearly 5000 project submissions from over 120 countries last cycle, the Awards are truly an opportunity to champion sustainability and globally reward the hard work of innovative minds. The Awards are an initiative of the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

Source: Holcim (Canada) Inc.


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