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"Target Issues"

Innovation & Transferability – Progress

“A larger rejuvenation project for the city.” – Floating University, the new BRAC campus …
“A larger rejuvenation project for the city.” – Floating University, the new BRAC campus in Bangladesh, adds both built and open space on a polluted swamp in Dhaka. The Holcim Awards Bronze winner for Asia Pacific by WOHA allows both the university and the public to inhabit the site while also reducing cooling demand by 40%, water use by nearly 50%, and transforming the roof into a productive environment for photovoltaic panels, beekeeping and green roofs.

Definition – Innovation and transferability – Progress

Projects must demonstrate innovative approaches to sustainable development, pushing the envelope of practice and exploring new disciplinary frontiers. Breakthroughs and trend-setting discoveries must be transferable to a range of other applications. Materials should be recyclable and integrated within circular economies. The production of waste should be avoided throughout a structure’s use-cycle. Overall, the project should demonstrate an awareness of the climate impact of construction.

  • Innovative concepts regarding design, integration of materials and methods, structure, enclosure and mechanical systems.
  • Outstanding contributions to construction technologies and building processes, operation and maintenance.
  • Advancements in the disciplines of architecture, urban design, landscape design, and territorial planning; civil, urban, and environmental engineering; materials science; digital manufacturing; and other associated fields involved in the production of the built environment.
  • Long-term monitoring methods to evaluate whether expectations and goals have been met.
  • Dissemination of knowledge, including project documentation, communication, education and training.
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Secondary school with passive ventilation system in Burkina Faso
Aggregate Structure: Reusable aggregates requiring no binding agent
Zero net energy school building
University building in France
Measuring Performance
Exemplary Buildings
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