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Holcim taps Pinoy architects for sustainable construction

Iris Gonzales - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Holcim Philippines Inc. has partnered with Filipino architects, through the United Architects of the Philippines as it stressed the importance of sustainable construction in the country.

Holcim Philippines president and CEO Horia Adrian said architects play a key role in sustainable construction as their projects influence how structures are made.

The company, in particular, is stepping up efforts to highlight the importance of using more innovative building materials and practices that are better for the environment.

It is also pushing for the use of superior construction performance amid continued economic growth and finite natural resources.

The company is advocating for local builders to shift to new building solutions with a lower environment footprint such as blended cements made with recycled materials.

At present, Holcim provides the market with specialized blended cement options. It has likewise introduced to the market ECOPlanet, its most environment-friendly cement with at least 30 percent lower carbon footprint than traditional portland cement.

Moving forward, Adrian said Holcim is committed to providing solutions for building more with less materials, new buildings using recycled materials from old buildings, and more efficient buildings using smart design and materials.

“With green building and sustainable construction increasingly becoming the norm, we aim to work more closely with architects in realizing their visions through our sustainable and innovative solutions. Holcim is committed to provide solutions for building more with less materials, new buildings using recycled materials from old buildings, and more efficient buildings using smart design and materials,” Adrian said.

Holcim Philippines will join the UAP’s gatherings in North and Central Luzon, Greater Manila Region, Visayas and Mindanao in February and the 48th National Convention and Exhibits in April to share its ability to support sustainable construction in the Philippines.

The company will also promote the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, one of the most prestigious sustainable design competitions in the world with $1 million in total prizes at stake, to encourage participation of Filipino architects.

Holcim Philippines is a member of the Holcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 60 countries with over 70,000 employees.

Its cement manufacturing facilities are in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Davao. It also has an aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions.

HOLCIM PHILIPPINES INC.

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