Building a Better Future

WorldGBC launches ‘Building A Better Future’ films produced by BBC StoryWorks

Building a Better Future is a series of films and articles exploring what the construction sector is doing to become more sustainable, and showcasing buildings around the world that protect the planet and help us to lead happier, healthier lives.

Produced for WorldGBC by BBC StoryWorks Commercial Productions, Building a Better Future explores the profound impact buildings can have on the quality of people’s lives and the crucial role buildings can play in tackling climate change.

Representing voices from across the world, these stories showcase sustainable building innovation at its finest which are leading the way — to building a better future.

Watch the full series on the BBC. This cannot be viewed within the UK. 

Watch the series on YouTube

Follow the conversation at #BuildingABetterFuture on Twitter.

Watch the trailer

Explore the series

Mass timber solutions for the next generation

Finnish company Stora Enso designs low-carbon wooden buildings, including schools and universities. At two such schools, students have been involved in the design process, as they learn the value of green buildings.

Constructing one of UK's first net zero commercial buildings

Timber Square is one of the UK’s first net zero carbon commercial buildings. Commissioned by Landsec and designed by architects Bennetts Associates, this highly energy-efficient property is setting the standard for new developments in London via science-based targets.

A fully electric building​

Property investor Derwent London, in collaboration with construction company Multiplex, have constructed their first all-electric building, which uses air source pumps powered by renewable energy for all heating and cooling. The 80 Charlotte Street property in London is built from low-carbon concrete, recycled materials and harvests rainwater.

Could 3D printed concrete homes revolutionise residential construction?

Building modern-day homes comes with many architectural challenges, from structural integrity to bonding of materials and the environmental impact of the materials used. In Germany, a house is being built using a 3D concrete printer installed onsite using specially formulated mortar. Could this way of building revolutionise the future of residential construction?

This Australian art museum is setting new standards for sustainable design

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is the first art museum in Australia to achieve the highest environmental standard for design with a Green Building Council 6-star Green Star design rating for its Sydney Modern Project expansion. The project will almost double exhibition space and create a prominent destination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture.

WorldGBC warmly thanks BBC StoryWorks for producing the films on our behalf that showcase leadership in the sustainable building and construction industry. WorldGBC is not responsible for the selection of case studies or any featured content within the film series. We hope you enjoy this series and are inspired towards building a better future.

With thanks to…

WorldGBC launches ‘Building A Better Future’ films produced by BBC StoryWorks

Building a Better Future is a series of films and articles exploring what the construction sector is doing to become more sustainable, and showcasing buildings around the world that protect the planet and help us to lead happier, healthier lives.

Produced for WorldGBC by BBC StoryWorks Commercial Productions, Building a Better Future explores the profound impact buildings can have on the quality of people’s lives and the crucial role buildings can play in tackling climate change.

Representing voices from across the world, these stories showcase sustainable building innovation at its finest which are leading the way — to building a better future.

Watch the full series on the BBC. This cannot be viewed within the UK. 

Watch the series on YouTube

Follow the conversation at #BuildingABetterFuture on Twitter.


Watch the trailer


Explore the series


Mass timber solutions for the next generation

Finnish company Stora Enso designs low-carbon wooden buildings, including schools and universities. At two such schools, students have been involved in the design process, as they learn the value of green buildings.



Constructing one of UK's first net zero commercial buildings

Timber Square is one of the UK’s first net zero carbon commercial buildings. Commissioned by Landsec and designed by architects Bennetts Associates, this highly energy-efficient property is setting the standard for new developments in London via science-based targets.


A fully electric building​

Property investor Derwent London, in collaboration with construction company Multiplex, have constructed their first all-electric building, which uses air source pumps powered by renewable energy for all heating and cooling. The 80 Charlotte Street property in London is built from low-carbon concrete, recycled materials and harvests rainwater.

Could 3D printed concrete homes revolutionise residential construction?

Building modern-day homes comes with many architectural challenges, from structural integrity to bonding of materials and the environmental impact of the materials used. In Germany, a house is being built using a 3D concrete printer installed onsite using specially formulated mortar. Could this way of building revolutionise the future of residential construction?

This Australian art museum is setting new standards for sustainable design

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is the first art museum in Australia to achieve the highest environmental standard for design with a Green Building Council 6-star Green Star design rating for its Sydney Modern Project expansion. The project will almost double exhibition space and create a prominent destination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture.

WorldGBC warmly thanks BBC StoryWorks for producing the films on our behalf that showcase leadership in the sustainable building and construction industry. WorldGBC is not responsible for the selection of case studies or any featured content within the film series. We hope you enjoy this series and are inspired towards building a better future.

With thanks to…

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