Girish Mahajan

LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction

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Country  International
First awarded  2005
Reward(s)  Total USD 2 million
LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction
Awarded for  Projects and visions in sustainable construction
Presented by  LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction
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The LafargeHolcim Awards is an international competition that seeks projects and visions in sustainable construction – irrespective of scale. A total of USD 2 million in prize money is awarded in each three-year cycle. Eligible for entry are projects in: buildings and civil engineering works; landscape, urban design and infrastructure; and materials, products and construction technologies. The LafargeHolcim Awards is conducted by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction based in Switzerland. Entries can only be made online.


The competition was known as the Holcim Awards from 2003. Holcim Ltd and Lafarge S.A. completed their global merger and launched LafargeHolcim, a world leader in the building materials industry, in July 2015. The name of the foundation was changed to LafargeHolcim Foundation, and the competition became the LafargeHolcim Awards.

Regional and global phase

The LafargeHolcim Awards competition opens with five regional LafargeHolcim Awards competitions and is followed by the Global LafargeHolcim Awards. The regional LafargeHolcim Awards are based on five geographic areas: Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Entries in the competition are allocated to a region based on the location of the project.

LafargeHolcim Awards (main) and “Next Generation” (student) categories

There are two categories within the competition: The main category of the competition is open to architects, planners, engineers, and project owners that showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues affective contemporary building and construction. The fifteen projects that receive LafargeHolcim Awards Gold, Silver or Bronze in the five regions are then qualified for the competition for the Global LafargeHolcim Awards. The “Next Generation” category is open to project visions of students in between the age of 18 and 30.

Evaluation criteria

Submissions in both categories are evaluated by independent juries, using five “target issues” to define sustainable construction. Three of these align with the triple bottom line concept of balanced social, environmental and economic performance. The rest cover contextual and aesthetic impact, and innovation and transferability.


The juries consist of independent, renowned representatives from science, business and society. The regional juries are supported by the respective "partner University". Retrieved 8 April 2014.  and the global jury is supported by the Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.


The total prize money for each cycle of the regional and global LafargeHolcim Awards competitions is USD 2 million.

Global award winners

Source: LafargeHolcim Foundation


LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction Wikipedia

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