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Deadline nears for entries in Holcim sustainability contest

The "4th International Holcim Awards" scheme, which seeks projects and visions that contribute to a more sustainable built environment, has reached a crucial point, with the deadline for this year's entries fast approaching.

The awards scheme, which is conducted by the Switzerland-based Holcim Foundation, is open to architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms with current projects that showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socio-economic and cultural issues of contemporary building and construction.

Projects are eligible for the competition if they have reached an advanced stage of design: construction or production must not have started before July 1, 2013.

This year, the competition also seeks visions and ideas for the "Next Generation" (young professionals and students category), and is open to project visions and bold ideas created by individuals and teams where all authors are not more than 30 years of age.

A step-by-step guide to entering the US$2-million (Bt64.3 million) competition is available for download in four languages.

Submissions in the awards competition are evaluated by independent juries in five regions of the world using a set of "target issues" for sustainable construction.

The target issues serve to assess each submission against environmental, social and economic performance, in addition recognising the need for innovation and transferable approaches, and considering the contextual and aesthetic impact.

Thai architect Singh Intrachooto and his team were one of 12 winning Asian entrants in the third Holcim Awards, covering 2012-2013.

"This award scheme has opened up an opportunity for me to learn about how to create a green idea for sustainable building. This is the challenge for all architects around the world participating in the scheme," Singh said after being awarded by the foundation last year.

Registration in the fourth edition of the Holcim Awards competition closes on March 24. The countdown is running to submit entries online at www.holcimawards.org www.holcimawards.org in the world's most significant competition promoting sustainability of the built environment.

The Holcim Foundation is supported by Holcim, one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates, and its group companies in 70 countries, and is managed by an independent and international board of specialists.


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