With parent company, LafargeHolcim, having just revealed a truly world-class judging panel for the European arm of its upcoming Awards, Aggregate Industries is encouraging all UK pioneers of sustainable design, who haven’t already done so, to submit their entry imminently.
Against the backdrop of an increasing onus on sustainability, the LafargeHolcim Awards have been designed to reward and recognise those projects that truly push boundaries in balancing environmental performance, social responsibility, and economic growth. Currently open for entries until 25th February 2020, the competition offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money.
Testament to the gravitas of the Awards, the upcoming sixth cycle will be judged by an expert panel of nine in Europe including Jeannette Kuo (Head), as well as Kristiaan Borret, Chief Architect of the Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium); Nuno Brandão Costa, Founder of Brandão Costa Arquitectos (Portugal); Eva Pfannes, Director at Ooze Architects (Netherlands); Sergei Tchoban, Head of SPEECH architectural office and Managing Partner at Tchoban Voss Architekten (Russia/Germany); and Alexandre Theriot, Founding Partner and Architect at BRUTHER (France/Switzerland).
Talking of the Awards and the opportunity for UK businesses and individuals to take part, Guy Edwards, Chief Executive Officer at Aggregate Industries, the UK arm of the LafargeHolcim Group, said:
“As we look to the future of the construction industry, it is instrumental that we balance the need for economic growth with sustainability. In the UK we need only look towards the government’s recent Net Zero pledge so see the pressing need to alleviate environmental impact and embrace alternative methods and technologies.
“We are therefore incredibly proud to support locally the International LafargeHolcim Awards – the most significant awards of its kind in the world – which has been designed to reward and recognise those businesses and individuals who truly push boundaries in sustainable design. With a world-class judging panel now revealed and less than six months until entries close, we’d urge all suitable candidates here in the UK to get involved.”
The expert jury of nine will also be complemented by members of the Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation Marilyne Andersen, Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (Switzerland) and Dirk Hebel, Professor of Sustainable Construction, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany), together with Christophe Levy, Director of R&D Construction Solutions, representing the LafargeHolcim Innovation Center (France).
Hosted by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (Switzerland), an associated university of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, the jury will rank submissions using the five “target issues” for sustainable construction: covering innovation and transferability (progress), ethical standards and social inclusion (people), resource and environmental performance (planet), economic viability and compatibility (prosperity), and contextual and aesthetic impact (place).
The Awards competition is open for entries until February 25, 2020 and recognizes projects and concepts from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials science, construction technology, and related fields. A comprehensive “step-by-step” guide explains the evaluation criteria and illustrates how to enter the competition at www.lafargeholcim-awards.org
Since 2003, the LafargeHolcim Foundation advances the discourse on sustainable construction mainly through its Awards, the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design. The Foundation is an initiative of LafargeHolcim, the global leader in building materials and solutions.