Innovating together for the

Construction of Tomorrow

25pilotsof innovative solutions rolled out in local markets
50+start-upsalready involved in Innovation initiatives
43%of R&D

Our vision

By drawing new connections between physical and digital systems, and by collecting and processing the appropriate data, we are creating the material of tomorrow and designing the construction of tomorrow.

Embracing the environmental and societal challenges ahead and differentiating our offer, we are staying one step ahead of the game and setting tomorrow’s standards in the building material industry.



Our principles of action

The Construction of Tomorrow approach relies on the principles of Open Innovation.

Because we believe in a collective effort, we are fostering collaboration with players of our ecosystem throughout several initiatives, working hand in hand with startups, academics, specifiers, research labs, etc.

This is the only way to innovate.

The Challenges


Environmental Footprint

  • CO2 Neutrality : Capturing and transforming CO2, use of new construction materials and/or measuring, tracking and developing options to move towards neutrality

  • Resource Optimization : Avoiding, minimizing, reusing waste from quarries to building sites. Proposing alternatives to tackle resource scarcity


Next Gen Construction

  • Digital solutions and services to streamline overall project management, from design to construction

  • Innovative Systems: Increasing use of automation, autonomous machinery and other new solutions to construction projects


Augmented Concrete

  • Enhancing the properties of cement-based materials beyond the core value of structural integrity

  • Real Time Quality Control : Monitoring, testing, evaluating and adjusting the quality of materials across the supply chain: from raw materials to product delivery


Predicted Performance

  • Monitoring performance characteristics at construction sites

  • Developing and applying accurate, real time prediction of demand for product quantities and types by job site


Sourcing Intelligence for road optimization
ORIS is a digital material platform, based on Holcim’s global knowledge on construction materials. Supported by latest artificial intelligence, ORIS analyses road designs in a holistic view, including construction and maintenance feasibility.

3D Printing Housing Hack

The Holcim 3D Printing Housing Hack is an international contest involving teams of students from the most renowned universities worldwide where concrete 3D printing technology will be used to craft solutions that will improve the efficiency in construction.


New generation sensors are making monitoring easier and more reliable. Based on temperature measurement, maturity analysis allows to predict early-age concrete strength, for example. Developing such predictive models is key in optimizing our mix designs.


Reducing CO2 emissions from cement production to zero will require carbon capture and usage or storage (CCUS). We are actively working with a wide variety of partners to find the solutions that will lower the footprint of our material and of construction as a whole.


Digitalizing the Holcim portfolio and taking BIM one step further with collaborative data for new applications and services.