How buildings and infrastructure are designed, constructed and used has a critical impact on the planet. The newly-published book Third Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2011/2012 presents innovative approaches and integrated solutions that meet societal needs and address environmental performance and ecological footprints. The projects also show how economic efficiency can be improved through a combination of lower resource and energy consumption as well as reduced maintenance and total lifecycle costs.
The 228-page book commemorates the third cycle of the Holcim Awards, conducted by the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation. It features in-depth articles, illustrations and interviews on the 15 projects and their design teams that qualified as finalists for the Global Holcim Awards 2012. The book also includes project descriptions of all 53 projects and visions that received Awards, Acknowledgement or “Next Generation” prizes in the Holcim Awards competitions in five regions of the world. The Global Holcim Innovation prizes were conferred for the first time, and recognize contributions to innovative building materials and construction technologies in the context of sustainable construction.
The winning submissions in the USD 2 million competition were selected by independent juries of international experts who are also presented in the book. The winners were celebrated at regional Holcim Awards ceremonies in Milan, Washington DC, Buenos Aires, Casablanca, and Singapore, in addition to individual global prize hand-overs proudly hosted by local Holcim Group companies.
Third Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2011/2012 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 construction industry professionals. The extensively-illustrated book is filled with valuable and practical projects and designs from around the world demonstrating that sustainable construction approaches are pursued in diverse locations, economies, climates and societies.
Third Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 20011/2012 (228 pages. 235 x 300mm) is published by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Hagenholzstrasse 85, CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland.