Construction: Lafarge Begins Campaign For Durable Designs

Lafarge Africa is creating awareness for sustainable construction through awards for stakeholders organised by its parent company, LafargeHolcim.

At a stakeholders’ sensitisation workshop in Lagos, the Managing Director of Lafarge Aggregates and Concrete, Mr. Loren Zanin, said the LafargeHolcim Awards, in its 5th edition, was the most significant global competition in sustainable design.

Acording to him, it is seeking leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the next generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence.

He said stakeholders, through the competition, had the opportunity to focus global attention on buildings being constructed in Nigeria that stretched conventional notions about sustainable construction and balance environmental, social and economic performance, while also amplifying architectural excellence and a high degree of transferability.

The competition, according to the Head, Sustainability and Corporate Brand, Lafarge Africa Plc, Mrs. Temitope Oguntokun, seeks projects that go beyond balancing environmental performance, social responsibility and economic growth.

She added that the focus of the award would be on issues for sustainable construction such as progress, people, planet, prosperity and place.

“These elements showcase the innovation, which are at the cutting edge of sustainable construction, provide an advanced response in terms of environmental and ethical performance, social responsibility, a preservation of natural resources, economic growth, and with lasting aesthetic impact on the surrounding environment,” she said.

The competition targets architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders, non-governmental organisations and construction firms, with entry running from July 4 to March 21, 2017.

A total of $2m in prize money is to be awarded to the winners in two categories, including the main category and next generation’s category.

The main category is open to projects at an advanced stage of design with high probability of execution, while students and young professionals between 18 and 30 years of age are eligible to share their bold ideas in the next generations’ category.

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