Inspiring examples of sustainable construction from around the globe

2nd Holcim Awards book for 2007-08

How buildings and infrastructure are designed, constructed and used has a critical impact on the planet. Second Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2008/2009 presents innovative approaches and integrated solutions that meet societal needs, address environmental performance and ecological footprints, and improve economic efficiency through a combination of lower resource and energy consumption as well as reduced maintenance and total lifecycle costs.

Last updated: June 01, 2009 Zurich, Switzerland

The 220-page large-format book commemorates the second cycle of the Holcim Awards USD 2 million, conducted by the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation. It features in-depth articles, photographic presentations and interviews on the 15 projects from all regions of the world that qualified for the Global Holcim Awards 2009, and project descriptions of all 52 projects that received Awards, Acknowledgement or “Next Generation” prizes in the regional Holcim Awards 2008.

It is written for a broad audience by giving an overview of the current global status of sustainable construction, but also offers inspirational ideas and technical details for professionals and the construction industry. The extensively-illustrated book is filled with valuable and practical projects and designs from around the world.

Book details

Second Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2008/2009 published by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Hagenholzstrasse 85, CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-7266-0084-6.

The book can be ordered for USD 35 per copy including surface postage at our Online Shop.

Behind-the-scenes essays on each of the 15 global finalists show the enthusiasm, care, and technical skill with which committed teams are envisioning and implementing sustainable construction in. Featured projects include: a river remediation and urban development scheme in Fez, Morocco (Gold), a low-impact greenfield university campus in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Silver), sustainable planning for a rural community in Beijing, China (Bronze), and a self-contained day labor station in San Francisco, USA (“Innovation”).

Global finalists from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Hungary, India, Slovenia, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and the USA are also featured in detail and additional examples from a further 25 countries on all continents demonstrate that sustainable construction approaches are pursued in diverse locations, economies, climates and societies.

About the Holcim Awards competition

The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction competitions seek innovative, future-oriented and tangible construction projects to promote sustainable responses to the technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues affecting building and construction on a local, regional and global level. In the second Holcim Awards competition almost 5,000 projects to be realized in over 120 countries were submitted: designs for sustainable buildings, urban planning concepts, and state-of-the-art engineering proposals – an abundance of visionary construction ideas.

The competitions are run by the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation, offer USD 2 million in prize money per three-year cycle, and are sponsored by Holcim Ltd – one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates – and its Group companies in around 70 countries. The third Holcim Awards competition to promote sustainable construction projects and visions worldwide will open on July 1, 2010. Further details at: