As part of an attempt to create awareness and build recognition for sustainable construction in Nigeria, Lafarge Africa Plc has organised a one-day workshop to sensitise and mobilise stakeholders in the building and construction industry to participate in the 5th LafargeHolcim Awards.
Stakeholders who were present at the workshop included architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders, construction firms, NGOs and students from across Nigeria.
The workshop held at the Protea Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, was organised to gain the attention of stakeholders in the industry and provided the opportunity to focus global attention on buildings being constructed in Nigeria, which stretch conventional notions about sustainable construction and also balance environmental, social and economic performance - while also amplifying architectural excellence and a high degree of transferability.
The event helped stakeholders to understand the focus of the award, which seeks projects or ideas that embody the target issues for sustainable construction; the 5Ps - 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 a lasting aesthetic impact on the surrounding environment.
Speaking to the participants, Lafarge Africa Plc's Director of Aggregate & Concrete, Mr. Loren Zanin stated that the LafargeHolcim Awards is "the most significant project competition in sustainable construction and It reinforces the commitment of the company to ensuring a net positive contribution to society and to nature". He explained that the workshop is meant to share not only the value with the stakeholders, but also to ensure that their efforts in sustainable construction, earns a deserving global recognition.
Mr. Zanin added that the workshop is in sync with the company's vision of "building a stronger Nigeria safely, ethically and sustainably through innovative construction solutions". "We are ensuring this by creating an opportunity for Nigerians in the construction industry to participate in this award and leave a significant mark that will turn them into leaders and models for other countries" he remarked.
While commenting on the awards, a Nigerian and past winner of the LafargeHolcim Awards, Mr. Kunle Adeyemi of NLE Works, Lagos and the Netherlands, said the "LafargeHolcim Awards truly uphold the multinational's values and long-term sustainability goals by giving precedence to the innovations of students and young professionals across the globe."
Adapted from press release by Rebecca Bowden
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