BedZED toolkit for carbon neutral developments part 2

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A practical guide to producing carbon neutral developments and how to afford them. It is based on the achievements at BedZED, describing measures taken in the scheme to reduce environmental impact. It includes echnical descriptions, monitoring results and financial mechanisms that have allowed the innovations at BedZED to become a reality.

Published October 2003
Pages 47

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Introduction

This is a practical guide to producing carbon neutral developments and how to afford them. It is based on the achievements at the Beddington Zero (Fossil) Energy Development (BedZED),describing measures taken on that scheme to reduce environmental impact. It includes technical descriptions, monitoring results and financial mechanisms that have allowed the innovations at BedZED to become a reality.

This Toolkit is produced in conjunction with a BDa ZEDfactory publication, “From A to ZED”, which introduces the new “ZED in a box” design and the new range of ZEDproducts and ZEDtools. The development of BedZED and “ZED in a Box”,has given the ZEDteam a vast bank of knowledge and practical experience in producing carbon neutral developments. These reports are designed to encapsulate that knowledge and to save others time.

BedZED
BedZED is a mixed-use scheme in South London initiated by BioRegional Development Group and Bill Dunster Architects. BedZED has been developed by London’s largest housing association, the Peabody Trust. The scheme comprises 82 homes and 2,500m2 of commercial or live/work space. The scheme was completed and occupied in 2002. The scheme helps people to live more sustainably, perhaps even within their share of the earth's renewable resources, without sacrificing a modern, urban and mobile lifestyle. It challenges conventional approaches to housing by tackling sustainability in every area from the outset.

Heat, electricity and water demands are greatly reduced. Facilities and services are designed to make it easy to reduce waste to landfill, to recycle waste and to reduce car use. BedZED achieves the high densities recommended in the Urban Task Force report whilst still providing a healthy internal environment with generous access to green space and sunlight.

In addition to the sustainability of the finished BedZED product, every aspect of construction was considered in terms of its environmental impact. Materials used in construction were carefully selected for low environmental impact, sourcing locally where possible and sourcing reclaimed and recycled materials where possible.

This approach at construction stage succeeded in reducing the embodied environmental impact of BedZED by some 20-30%. It is documented in The Construction Materials Report available from BioRegional.

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