The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction was created in 2003 by Holcim Ltd.
In July 2015, following the completion of the merger that gave birth to LafargeHolcim, the world leader in the building materials industry, the name of the Foundation was changed to LafargeHolcim Foundation.
LafargeHolcim is represented on the Board of the Foundation by Roland Köhler and Gérard Kuperfarb, both members of the Executive Committee. The majority of the Board members of the Foundation remain independent of LafargeHolcim.
- The LafargeHolcim Foundation selects and supports initiatives that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence and enhanced quality of life beyond technical solutions.
- The Foundation promotes national, regional, and global sustainable responses to the technological, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural issues affecting building and construction.
- It also promotes best practices, pioneers fresh solutions, and encourages both established and the “Next Generation” of architects, engineers, planners, developers and contractors to implement long-range building solutions to the demanding challenges of sustainable construction.
LafargeHolcim Awards competition
The international Awards competition recognizes innovative projects and future-oriented concepts and is the most significant international competition for sustainable design. The Awards encourage architects, planners, engineers and project owners to go beyond conventional notions of sustainable construction in their work and to harmonize economic, ecological and social concerns. Each competition cycle spans three years, from announcement to completion and a total of USD 2 million in prize money is awarded.
LafargeHolcim Forum symposiums
Together with its partner universities, the Foundation advances the academic discussion of sustainable construction through the LafargeHolcim Forum. Every three years, around 300 experts from around the world meet to discuss challenges of today’s urbanization processes and built environment. The conferences are complemented by the release of technical publications, and offer architects, engineers, building professionals and experts from all generations and geographic locations an interdisciplinary academic platform for exchanging ideas and information.
Through its activities, the Foundation has developed a close-knit global network of stakeholder groups, and it has grown to assume the role of information hub. The Foundation publishes booklets on exemplary sustainable construction projects, as well as maintaining a comprehensive Internet presence and Social Media engagement.