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.

Fighting Covid-19 at a certified green hospital 

A certified green hospital has been built in Puebla, Mexico in response to demand from Covid 19. With energy-saving features such as thermal walls, occupancy sensors and low-flow plumbing aiming to drive down running costs, the team behind Hospital Anexo La Margarita hopes it will pave the way for more environmentally-friendly healthcare.

Clean energy hub in the desert

In the middle of the desert in Abu Dhabi, you will find Masdar which aims to be the world’s most sustainable city. It's also the home of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Designed by Woods Bagot, the huge clean energy hub is a blueprint for building in a challenging climate.

Hong Kong's commercial district spotlights sustainability

One of Hong Kong’s leading commercial districts has been transformed into a hub of sustainability. Taikoo Place by Swire Properties has an energy management system powered by AI and its own biodiesel generation system that turns oil into electricity. 

Building more sustainable communities in Toronto

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) aims to create a ‘living city’ where communities flourish in harmony with nature, and ensure safe drinking water and clean air for generations to come. The authority works to make the city’s homes and neighbourhoods more sustainable and protect 5 million residents from flooding and the erosion of Lake Ontario. 

Germany's sustainability benchmark

The German Sustainable Building Council has developed its own global sustainability standard (the DGNB system) which focuses on the entire life cycle of a building project, from design to demolition, and places equal emphasis on the environment, people and commercial viability. One of the buildings to be awarded the gold standard is Skaio in Heilbronn - a ten-storey building made entirely from timber.

Cooling as a service

Global demand for cooling technology is predicted to triple by 2050. The Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) is reimagining air conditioning and refrigeration for people, businesses and the environment. From students in India to market vendors in Nigeria, the need to stay cool can now be addressed with more reliable, clean and energy-efficient technology.

The Canadian architects creating net positive buildings

Net Positive buildings which save more carbon emissions than they emit, helps to regenerate the natural environment and aim to improve human health and wellbeing are the backbone of Canadian architecture firm Lemay. It has transformed its Montreal headquarters into a Net positive building and a laboratory for sustainable projects.

Green social housing in Cape Town

Belhar Gardens in Cape Town is South Africa’s first social housing project to receive an EDGE certification, a green housing standard of the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group. The residents enjoy lower utility bills and a safe, affordable living environment.

Farming on a Hong Kong skyscraper

On top of a skyscraper in Hong Kong, families visit Hysan urban farm to harvest their own vegetables and enjoy being in nature. The community-focused project supplies produce to local restaurants and markets.

Qatar's green hotels

In the run up to the 2022 World Cup the Qatar Green Building Council is working with hotels and other hospitality businesses to improve their sustainability practices. A certification called 'Green Key' is awarded for use of solar energy, focus on water preservation and waste reduction.

The hidden cost of emergency lighting

Offices, car parks and shopping centres operate emergency lighting 24 hours a day. By remotely controlling these lights, Australian company WBS Technology helps them cut their energy bills by up to 80%.

Hong Kong's first zero carbon building

Over 60% of Hong Kong’s carbon emissions come from buildings. Architecture firm Ronald Lu & Partners has created Hong Kong's first building which produces zero carbon emissions located in an urban woodland in the centre of the city.

Eco-living in an Indian metropolis

India's booming construction industry is placing a huge strain on natural resources. But rapid urbanisation can go hand-in-hand with sustainability. Architecture firm Organo has created eco-friendly communities, where residents take part in collective farming and live in green homes powered by renewables.

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.

Fighting Covid-19 at a certified green hospital 

A certified green hospital has been built in Puebla, Mexico in response to demand from Covid 19. With energy-saving features such as thermal walls, occupancy sensors and low-flow plumbing aiming to drive down running costs, the team behind Hospital Anexo La Margarita hopes it will pave the way for more environmentally-friendly healthcare.

Clean energy hub in the desert

In the middle of the desert in Abu Dhabi, you will find Masdar which aims to be the world’s most sustainable city. It's also the home of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Designed by Woods Bagot, the huge clean energy hub is a blueprint for building in a challenging climate.

Hong Kong's commercial district spotlights sustainability

One of Hong Kong’s leading commercial districts has been transformed into a hub of sustainability. Taikoo Place by Swire Properties has an energy management system powered by AI and its own biodiesel generation system that turns oil into electricity. 

Building more sustainable communities in Toronto

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) aims to create a ‘living city’ where communities flourish in harmony with nature, and ensure safe drinking water and clean air for generations to come. The authority works to make the city’s homes and neighbourhoods more sustainable and protect 5 million residents from flooding and the erosion of Lake Ontario. 

Germany's sustainability benchmark

The German Sustainable Building Council has developed its own global sustainability standard (the DGNB system) which focuses on the entire life cycle of a building project, from design to demolition, and places equal emphasis on the environment, people and commercial viability. One of the buildings to be awarded the gold standard is Skaio in Heilbronn - a ten-storey building made entirely from timber.

Cooling as a service

Global demand for cooling technology is predicted to triple by 2050. The Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) is reimagining air conditioning and refrigeration for people, businesses and the environment. From students in India to market vendors in Nigeria, the need to stay cool can now be addressed with more reliable, clean and energy-efficient technology.

The Canadian architects creating net positive buildings

Net Positive buildings which save more carbon emissions than they emit, helps to regenerate the natural environment and aim to improve human health and wellbeing are the backbone of Canadian architecture firm Lemay. It has transformed its Montreal headquarters into a Net positive building and a laboratory for sustainable projects.

Green social housing in Cape Town

Belhar Gardens in Cape Town is South Africa’s first social housing project to receive an EDGE certification, a green housing standard of the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group. The residents enjoy lower utility bills and a safe, affordable living environment.

Farming on a Hong Kong skyscraper

On top of a skyscraper in Hong Kong, families visit Hysan urban farm to harvest their own vegetables and enjoy being in nature. The community-focused project supplies produce to local restaurants and markets.

Qatar's green hotels

In the run up to the 2022 World Cup the Qatar Green Building Council is working with hotels and other hospitality businesses to improve their sustainability practices. A certification called 'Green Key' is awarded for use of solar energy, focus on water preservation and waste reduction.

The hidden cost of emergency lighting

Offices, car parks and shopping centres operate emergency lighting 24 hours a day. By remotely controlling these lights, Australian company WBS Technology helps them cut their energy bills by up to 80%.

Hong Kong's first zero carbon building

Over 60% of Hong Kong’s carbon emissions come from buildings. Architecture firm Ronald Lu & Partners has created Hong Kong's first building which produces zero carbon emissions located in an urban woodland in the centre of the city.

Eco-living in an Indian metropolis

India's booming construction industry is placing a huge strain on natural resources. But rapid urbanisation can go hand-in-hand with sustainability. Architecture firm Organo has created eco-friendly communities, where residents take part in collective farming and live in green homes powered by renewables.

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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