Promoting and Rewarding Sustainable Construction


Evaluating sustainable construction

The five “target issues” defined by the Holcim Foundation quantify the degree to which buildings …
The five “target issues” defined by the Holcim Foundation quantify the degree to which buildings contribute to sustainable development. The Minimal Impact North Vancouver Outdoor School (above) is completely self-reliant and CO2-neutral. Elevated on a structural platform offering spectacular views and access to nature, the building’s placement also offers protection against future flood concerns.

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