Inspired by the “Next Generation” category of the International LafargeHolcim Awards competition for Sustainable Construction, the 1st “Young Builders Challenge” is a sustainable design competition which aims to give recognition to young Filipinos whose projects and visionary concepts go beyond balancing environmental performance, social responsibility and economic growth.

The Young Builders Challenge is open to visionary projects and bold ideas that address the “target issues” for sustainable construction. Projects must contribute positively to the environment and the community, and must be pioneering in delivering sustainable innovative designs towards the development of construction and green building (e.g., residential, commercial, public). All authors must be undergraduate Filipino students in the program of architecture and engineering in any college or university in the Philippines.

LaFargeHolcim Foundation (2016). Step-by-step guide for the regional LafargeHolcim Awards competition 2016/17 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects and Next Generation visions. Retrieved from



The competition is open to individuals or to groups of students not exceeding a total of 5 members. Author/s must be currently enrolled and at least in third year college and above and not employed as an architect or engineer. They must be of good moral standing as certified by the school where he/she is currently enrolled.

A project which has commenced execution prior to December 2018 and has been entered in a competition may still be entered in the Young Builders Challenge provided it has not won any local or regional competition of the same nature. There is no limit to the number of projects that any individual or group may enter in the competition as long as it follows all the requirements and standard format. Incomplete entries with incorrect format shall be not considered. All entries must be created only by the author/s to be verified and vouched by the college or university where they are enrolled. This competition will disqualify entries found to be a duplication of designs and projects done by another author/s.

Entries may be submitted only in English, the principal and legally binding language of the Young Builders Challenge. A program outline has been provided for guidance. More details are indicated in the Requirements section.

Schedule of Activities
schedule of activities

Evaluation of entries will be held at 7/F Venice Corporate Center #8 Turin Street, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio 1634 Taguig City, Philippines.


Only entries submitted through this website will be considered valid.

Entries must consist of the following:

• Project which must follow the prescribed project outline which can be downloaded here • Authentic and original copies of the following documents. Hard copies of these must be kept for validation purposes. Templates can be downloaded here

  • Consent Form
  • Certificate of Good Moral Character
  • Certificate of Original Entry
  • Undertaking of Original Entry

All steps of the online submission process must be properly completed before an entry can be accepted into the system. An option to “Save” is provided for the author/s to carefully review the information being placed. This is applicable for input fields; uploaded files not included. Should there be missing information, an online message will prompt entrants to revert to the required field in the online entry form. By submitting the entry, the author/s affirm that the project is their original work and final entry to Young Builders Challenge.
EVALUATION CRITERIA Aligned with the LafargeHolcim Awards which inspired this contest, the Young Builders Challenge has a set of five “target issues” for sustainable construction, which will be part of the judging consideration. Criteria for judging is as follows:
20% Projects must demonstrate innovative approaches to sustainable development, pushing the envelope of practice and exploring new disciplinary frontiers. Breakthroughs and trend-setting discoveries must be transferable to a range of other applications. read more
  • Innovative concepts regarding design, integration of materials and methods, structure, enclosure and mechanical systems
  • Outstanding contributions to construction technologies and building processes, operation and maintenance
  • Advancements in the disciplines of architecture, urban and landscape design, civil, urban and environmental engineering, and other fields involved in the production of the built environment
  • Long-term monitoring methods to evaluate whether expectations and goals have been met
  • Dissemination of knowledge, including project documentation, communication, education and training
  • Adoption of performance standards under the Philippine Green Building Code:
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Efficiency
  • Material Sustainability
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Site Sustainability
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
20% Projects must adhere to the highest ethical standards and promote social inclusion at all stages of construction, from planning and building to use and servicing; to ensure an enduring positive impact on communities. Proposals must demonstrate how they enhance the collective realm. read more
  • Adherence to ethical standards in all phases of the project
  • Contributions to the formation of socially-viable environments, strengthening of shared values and empowerment of communities
  • Participation of stakeholders, including users, clients, neighborhood affiliations, local authorities and non-governmental organizations
  • Quality of working conditions in the construction industry and including on site; with specific attention given to fair compensation, adequate benefits, safety and gender equality
  • Political transparency, unbiased processes and commitment to principled interaction, just practices, all in the effort to prevent corruption at every level
20% Projects must exhibit a sensible use and management of natural resources throughout their entire life cycle. Long-term environmental concerns, especially pertaining to stocks and flows of material and energy, should be an integral part of the design philosophy. read more
  • Minimizing a project’s ecological footprint and maximizing its positive impact on the environment; reduction of harm and increase of beneficial effects
  • Environmentally-conscious land use strategies and policies that preserve the natural landscape, while taking water and land reclamation into account
  • Emphasis placed on the use of renewable energy in construction, use and upkeep of the built fabric to reduce CO2 emissions and avoid toxicity
  • Innovative deployment of material resources in construction with an emphasis on cradle to cradle cycles, mining existing building stocks and reduction of waste
  • Resilient products, robust construction details, smart interaction of building systems and environmentally sound technologies
20% Projects must be economically feasible and able to secure financing – whether from public, commercial, or concessional sources – while having a positive impact on society and the environment. Avoiding the wasteful consumption of material resources, an economy of means in construction is to be promoted. read more
  • Funding sources and profits earned must be legitimate and transparent
  • Projects should cover operating costs over their lifetime and generate an acceptable rate of return
  • Integration of the project into the wider economic framework of local, regional, and global monetary flows
  • Demonstrate flexibility to adapt to future changes of user needs, ownership, laws, regulations, and economic fluctuations
  • Robust economic models are sought that take unpriced external costs into consideration from the outset
20% Projects must convey a high standard of architectural quality as a prevalent form of cultural expression. With space, form and aesthetic impact of utmost significance, the material manifestation of the design must make a positive and lasting contribution to the physical, human and cultural environment. read more
  • Improvement of existing contextual conditions responding to the natural and built environment
  • Interdependencies of landscape, infrastructure, urban fabric and architecture
  • Working with the given building stock through sensitive restoration, re-use or re-modeling of the built environment
  • Inventive programming strategies in terms of use, multiplicity of functions, short-term flexibility and long-term adaptability
  • Architectural quality and aesthetic impact, specifically concerning space, spatial sequences, movement, tactility of materials, light and ambiance
The Young Builders Challenge is committed to the “triple bottom line” concept, which asserts that long-term and sustainable progress requires the balanced achievement of economic development, environmental performance and social advancement.

All entries will undergo the following screening process in the presence of a DTI representative.

Two decimal point scoring system will be implemented in ranking entries to eliminate ties. In the event of tie, a second assessment and deliberation will be made by the jurors to arrive at one final winner per rank.


Entries will be validated on April 29, 2019 depending on the compliance of the following requirements:

  • Proper entry file format and file size
  • Complete and authentic supporting documents.
  • Consent Form
  • Certificate of Good Moral Character
  • Certificate of Original Entry
  • Undertaking of Original Entry


Entries will undergo first screening process on May 13, 2019 to be conducted by appointed screening committee consists of independent and well-respected representatives from the fields of engineering, architecture, science and business. They will then select the Top 15 projects that will move on to the second and final round of judging.

The screening committee will evaluate all qualified entries based on its technical competencies, the quantitative and or qualitative method implemented and most importantly, its relevance with Holcim Young Builders Challenge’s 5 “target issues”:Progress, People, Prosperity, Planet and Place.

For Top 15 entrants, supporting documents such as Certificates of Good Moral Character and Original Entry will be verified with respective school signatories to prove that these are authentic supporting documents. Hard copy of such documents must be made available by entrants upon request of screeners.


At the final round of judging on May 27, 2019, a group of highly influential individuals in the Philippine sustainable construction industry will evaluate and rank the Top 15 entries from highest to lowest. Same evaluation criteria will be applied. Entries will be screened based on its technical competencies, the quantitative and or qualitative method implemented and most importantly, its relevance with Holcim Young Builders Challenge’s 5 “target issues”: Progress, People, Prosperity, Planet and Place. Top 3 entrants will be announced at the Awarding Ceremony on June 5, 2019.


Holcim Philippines Inc. will be sending formal letter of announcement to Top 15 entrants & respective schools via registered mail and electronic mail.

The Author/s of the top 15 projects will be informed and invited to the Awarding Ceremony, which is the only time when the 3 winners (1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place winners) will be announced. Formal announcement and invitation will be sent via registered mail and electronic mail to the author/s and to their respective college or university deans who will be the default school contact person.

The top 15 entrants will be encouraged to submit a 1-minute video (in mp4 or mov format) to describe how and why they chose their project.

Author/s can win multiple times since there is no limit to the number of projects that any individual or group may enter in the competition as long as it follows all the requirements and standard format.


There will be three winners for this competition which will be announced at Awarding Ceremony on June 5, 2019.

Tax-free and non-transferable cash prizes will be awarded to the following. Withholding tax will be shouldered by Holcim Philippines, Inc.

2ND PLACE Cash worth Php 75,000 Winning entrant gets Php 60,000
plus Trophy & Certificate
Entrant’s school gets Php 15,000
and Plaque of Appreciation
1ST PLACE Cash worth Php 100,000 Winning entrant gets Php 80,000
plus Trophy & Certificate
Entrant’s school gets Php 20,000
and Plaque of Appreciation
3RD PLACE Cash worth Php 50,000 Winning entrant gets Php 40,000
plus Trophy & Certificate
Entrant’s school gets Php 10,000
and Plaque of Appreciation

Cash prize will be given to the winning project. Therefore, how this will be allocated among authors in the event of group winner/s will be the discretion of the winning project authors.

All main authors or main contact person (for group entrants) who registered will be informed via registered mail and electronic mail of the final competition results after they are announced at the Awarding Ceremony on June 5, 2019.


Should winner/s not be present at the Awarding Ceremony, prize/s can be claimed within 60 days upon receipt of notification and may be redeemed at the following Holcim Plants:


For verification purposes, winner/s must bring school and or any government-issued identification cards along with the formal letter of announcement of Top 15 entrants.

Persons who, due to their collaboration in the preparation or running of the competition, might be in a favored position, able to influence the jury’s decision or have any other (matured or unmatured) conflict of interest are ineligible to enter the competition.

This concerns, in particular, all jurors, screeners, appointed third party agency as well as their spouses, first and second degree relatives or in-laws and their permanent business or project partners and the immediate superiors and collaborators of ineligible persons. Staff of Holcim Philippines Inc. may only participate if they are/were not directly involved in the preparation or running of the competition.

By virtue of participation in or by contribution to the competition, all parties including participants, jurors, examiners and guests declare their consent to the present conditions. By contributing to the competition, entrants agree to accept the decision of the respective jury as final. There is no right of appeal and no participant shall have recourse to any national or international court of law.
Although the right of authorship, including protection against the copying of ideas, and the right to publication of the design remains with each author, the latter explicitly grants the Holcim Philippines, Inc. the right to use the data, documents, images and files submitted in its entirety or partly, in original or edited format, internally or externally, in every form and for any purpose whatsoever in relation to the Young Builders Challenge competition.

Submitted projects may be compiled by Holcim Philippines, Inc. for public access in electronic and/or printed format, giving credit to the authors and their collaborators in compliance with the authorship declaration.
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