Endowed chair for Sustainable Construction

To mark its 100th anniversary, Holcim is supporting ETH Zurich with an endowed chair for sustainable construction. The new professorship takes the place of an assistant professorship of the same name that Holcim has been financially supporting since 2006.

As a global producer of cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete, the company recognizes the need to improve sustainable construction through innovative processes, thereby reducing CO2 emissions and energy consumption.

“Support for this endowed chair by Holcim allows ETH to increase its research capacity in a key area into the long term. The construction industry will also benefit from these efforts”, says Ralph Eichler, President of ETH Zurich.

Bernard Fontana (Fig.), CEO of Holcim Ltd, comments: “There is enormous potential in this area, and I am convinced that future generations will be able to construct buildings in a much more environmentally conscious way thanks to innovative methods and processes.”

Guillaume Habert has been named as the new professor of sustainable construction. The French citizen is currently working as a research engineer at the Université Paris-Est in France. The new professorship will be established in the Department of Civil, Environmental and ­Geomatic Engineering.

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