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 publications on exemplary sustainable construction buildings.
The five “target issues” balance environmental, social and economic performance – while also highlighting the need for architectural excellence and a high degree of transferability.
Innovation and transferability – Progress
Ethical standards and social equity – People
Resources and environmental performance – Planet
Economic viability and compatibility – Prosperity
Contextual and aesthetic impact – Place