Kenyans with projects at an advanced stage of design the fields of architecture, building and civil engineering; landscape and urban design; as well as materials, products and construction technologies stand a chance to win 11 prizes worth Kes 33.9million in awards organized by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

They will be expected to compete against their counterparts from the Middle East and Africa region. The awards will be presented at a ceremony scheduled to take place in Nairobi Kenya later this year. It is the world’s most significant competition in sustainable design and takes place in parallel across five geographic regions – each with its own jury of renowned and independent specialists.  Apart from Middle East Africa this includes Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia Pacific. 

The main category of the competition is open to architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms showcasing sustainable responses within contemporary building and construction. Projects must have reached an advanced stage of design, have a high probability of execution, and may not have started construction before July 4, 2016. 

In addition, students and professionals up to the age of 30 years may submit visionary concepts, bold ideas and “blue-sky” solutions in the Next Generation category of the competition, irrespective of the probability of implementation of the project. 

Submissions are evaluated against five “target issues” for sustainable construction. They take a holistic view at sustainability and cover innovation and transferability; ethical standards and social inclusion; resource and environmental performance; economic viability and compatibility; and contextual and aesthetic impact. 

The main winners automatically qualify for the global LafargeHolcim Awards competition in 2018.

Entry in the online competition is free: www.lafargeholcim-awards.org/introand closes on21st March 2017.

The Foundation advances the discourse on sustainable construction through its international Awards competitions, Academic Forums, online knowledge-turntable and publications since 2003.  The Foundation is supported by LafargeHolcim, the leading global building materials and solutions company serving masons, builders, architects and engineers all over the world, but remains independent of commercial interests.

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