Sustainable Communities Case Study - BedZED, South London

Sustainable Communities Case Study - BedZED, South London

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Beddington Zero Energy Development
Environmentally friendly housing development in London Borough of Sutton
It was designed by the architect Bill Dunster to support a more sustainable lifestyle.
The project was led by the Peabody Trust in partnership with Bill Dunster Architects,
Ellis & Moore Consulting Engineers, BioRegional, Arup and the cost consultants
Gardiner and Theobald.
82 homes
1,405 square metres of work space
Built in 2000­2002
Because of BedZED's low-energy-emission concept, cars are discouraged; the project
encourages public transport, cycling, and walking, and has limited parking space.
Accessible transport - five minutes' walk of Hackbridge station (LONDON) /
Tramlink service from Croydon or Wimbledon to Mitcham Junction station, which is
within 15 minutes' walk of BedZED.
Zero energy--the project is designed to use only energy from renewable sources
generated on site. There are 777 m² of solar panels. Tree waste fuels the
development's cogeneration plant (downdraft gasifier) to provide district heating and
electricity. The gasifier is not being used, because of technical implementation problems,
though the technology has been and is being used successfully at other sites.
High quality--the apartments are finished to a high standard to attract the urban
Energy efficient--the houses face south to take advantage of solar gain, are triple
glazed, and have high thermal insulation.
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. A "Living
Machine" system of recycling waste water was installed, but is not operating.
Low-impact materials--Building materials were selected from renewable or recycled
sources within 35 miles of the site, to minimize the energy required for transportation.
Waste recycling--Refuse-collection facilities are designed to support recycling.
Transport--the development works in partnership with the United Kingdom's
leading car-sharing operator, City Car Club. Residents are encouraged to use
this environmentally friendly alternative to car ownership; an on-site selection of vehicles
is available for use.

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Encourage eco-friendly transport--Electric and liquefied-petroleum-gas cars have
priority over cars that burn petrol and diesel, and electricity is provided in parking spaces
for charging electric cars.…read more


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