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Concrete In Australia : December 2010
Concrete in Australia Vol 36 No 4 21 Green building focuses on ecological performance where "sustainable construction" also addresses critical development-related issues such as the efficient use of resources, continual social progress, stable economic growth, and the eradication of poverty. Sustainable construction involves issues such as the design and management of buildings; construction technology and processes; adherence to ethical standards; socially- viable environments; stakeholder participation; occupational health and safety and working conditions; innovative financing models; improvement to existing contextual conditions; interdependencies of landscape, infrastructure, urban fabric and architecture; and flexibility in building use, function and change. Showcasing examples e Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, supported locally by Holcim (Australia) was created to generate an impact beyond the building materials industry. rough its program of international conferences, publications and an awards competition, the Holcim Foundation promotes sustainable construction by showcasing exemplary projects and generating and inter-linked community of experts from around the world -- such as the example projects illustrated here from Brazil, Canada and India. Holcim Awards competition e foundation conducts the Holcim Awards competition to celebrate innovative, future-oriented and tangible sustainable construction projects and visions from around the globe. e main category of the Holcim Awards is open to projects only if they are at the final design, tendering, contract awarded or under construction stage, with a high probability of execution. Projects are eligible for the "Next Generation" (student category) only if they are at the concept, or preliminary design phase, or with a low probability of execution. e third Holcim Awards competition cycle with total prize money of $2 million is currently open for entries until 23 March, 2011 at www.holcimawards.org. The solar water heating and rainwater towers in Brazil provide an economical solution to the widespread lack of public infrastructure in poor urban areas that delivers a substantial improvement in the daily living conditions of residents. A tight university budget and ecological efficiency demands produced the Freshwater Lake restoration and research facility in Canada that is self-sufficient for energy and heating needs.