Beddington Zero Energy Development

UK’s largest mixed-use sustainable community


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About the project Edit

Beddington Zero Energy Development (bedZED) is the UK’s largest mixed-use sustainable community – an environmentally friendly-housing development in Hackbridge, London, England. It was designed by the architect Bill Dunster, who was looking for a more sustainable way of building housing in urban areas. The BedZED Development design meets very high environmental standards, with a strong emphasis on roof gardens, sunlight, solar energy, reduction of energy consumption, and waste water recycling.[2] BedZED was initiated by BioRegional and BDa ZEDfactory, and developed by the Peabody Trust. It was completed and occupied in 2002. The community comprises 50% housing for sale, 25% key worker shared ownership and 25% social housing for rent.

People move to BedZED with typical lifestyles, and over the years change their behaviour significantly. The holistic design works on three levels: the design solves problems such as heating and water usage; the design and services offered help people make sustainable choices such as walking rather than driving; and the community have created their own facilities and groups to improve quality of life and reduce their environmental impact.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

BedZed is an example of innovative, zero-energy, sustainable housing on a multi-unit scale. Here are some few elements that makes BedZed an environnementaly-friendly village. The project encourages public transport, cycling, and walking, and has limited parking space. The project is designed to use only energy from renewable sources generated on site. It is energy efficient - the houses face south to take advantage of solar gain, are triple glazed, and have high thermal insulation. It is water efficient - most rain water falling on the site is collected and reused. Appliances are chosen to be water-efficient and use recycled water when possible. Building materials were selected from renewable or recycled sources within 35 miles of the site, to minimize the energy required for transportation. Refuse-collection facilities are designed to support recycling.

One of BedZED’s unique community considerations is its take on transportation. The entire development has been designed to encourage alternatives to car use. A green transport plan promotes walking, cycling, and use of public transport. A car pool for residents has been established, and all these initiatives have helped to provide a strategic and integrated approach to transport issues. BedZED was the first low-car development in the UK to incorporate a car club, “ZEDcars.” A “pedestrian first” policy with good lighting, drop curbs for prams (strollers) and wheelchairs, and a road layout that keeps vehicles to walking speed.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Monitoring conducted in 2003 found that BedZED had achieved these reductions in comparison to UK averages: space-heating requirements were 88% less, hot-water consumption was 57% less and the residents' car mileage is 65% less.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

BedZED is an example of a larger trend towards eco-village - intentional communities with the goal of becoming more socially, economically and ecologically sustainable.

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