BedZED, the UK’s first large-scale mixed use eco-village and sustainable community, is now more than 15 years old yet still stands as a model for sustainable living.
Completed in 2002, BedZED is a housing complex – located in Wallington, a south London suburb – which includes 82 homes and several small businesses (most of which are ecologically inclined).
Some of the BedZED features include multicoloured wind funnels or wind cowls – which provide passive ventilation – sustainable building materials, low energy appliances and fixtures, a residents-only car pool, and every part of the roofscape is used for passive solar, and roof gardens.
Where possible, BedZED was built from natural, recycled or reclaimed materials. All wood was approved by the Forest Stewardship Council or comparable internationally recognised environmental organisations, ensuring that it was sustainably sourced.
According to BedZED, the housing complex produces 37% less carbon dioxide emissions from gas and electricity use than an average development of the same size and mix of uses. Furthermore, water consumption per BedZED resident is around 50% of the London average.
This award winning development was designed to achieve big reductions in climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions and water use. It sought to make it easy for people living there to have a greener, lower impact lifestyle, relying less on private cars and producing less waste.
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