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Target Issues for Sustainable Construction
Innovation and Transferability: "Progress"
Ethical Standards and Social Equity: "People"
Environmental Quality and Resource Efficiency: "Planet"
Economic performance and compatibility: "Prosperity"
Contextual and Aesthetic Impact: "Proficiency"
Events Calendar for Sustainable Construction
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Target issues for sustainable construction
The five “target issues” for sustainable construction were defined by the Holcim Foundation to quantify the degree to which buildings contribute to sustainable development. The Stabilized earth visitors’ center, Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa respects the balance between environmental, social, and economic performance whilst also providing a functionally, culturally, and aesthetically appropriate response to its unique setting. The project uses the latest developments in structural geometry along with an ancient construction technique, in order to implement a contemporary design, meant to house centuries-old artifacts.
read project update – Stabilized earth visitors’ center, Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa
A framework for sustainable construction
The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction is committed to the “triple bottom line” concept, which asserts that long-term and sustainable progress requires the balanced achievement of economic development, environmental performance and social advancement.
Based on this concept and to make sustainable construction easier to understand, evaluate and apply, the Holcim Foundation and its renowned partner universities have identified a set of five “target issues” for sustainable construction, which serve as a basis for the evaluation of submissions in the Holcim Awards competition and for assessing other projects in the context of Holcim Grants and publications on exemplary sustainable construction buildings.
Click on the links below for in-depth definitions of each “target issue”, including their practical application within exemplary buildings and Holcim Awards winning projects from different regions of the world:
Innovation and transferability –
Ethical standards and social equity –
Environmental quality and resource efficiency –
Economic performance and compatibility –
Contextual and aesthetic impact –
Definition and examples of each “target issue”
Innovation and transferability – Progress
Ethical standards and social equity – People
Environmental quality and resource efficiency – Planet
Economic performance and compatibility – Prosperity
Contextual and aesthetic impact – Proficiency
Summary of the "target issues"
The PDF below contains a two-page overview of the five "target issues".
A series of booklets published by the Holcim Foundation on the theme of sustainable construction in practice.
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