BedZED resident and onetime Bioregional staffer Sam Smith reflects on his experience of living in a very special place as he prepares to move on….
Yash Shah, 9, and his classmate Hygreev Vangari, 10, from Krishna Avanti School in Edgware visited BedZED last month for a school project. They are researching eco-friendly homes and wanted to see some up close. We asked them to tell us what they took away from their visit.
Hygreev: The most interesting things were the sunspaces and the wood-fuelled boiler that makes hot water for the village.
Yash: The most important thing I learnt was how BedZED burns wood pellets to create hot water and how the wind cowls let fresh, warm air in and let stale air out.
Hygreev: Because they are eco-friendly, create fewer carbon emissions, decrease the chance of global warming and are powered by sustainable energy. Being carbon-free is extremely good for the environment.
Yash: Because we are using up conventional resources and producing so many greenhouse gases. BedZED has proven that eco-friendly houses are possible and good for the environment.
Hygreev: The government should try and make the public get used to electric powered facilities rather than fossil fuel-powered facilities, such as electric cars and solar panels, to help the environment and prevent climate change.
Yash: The government should slowly ban plastic or find alternative uses for it. They should also provide help in building more houses like these.
We hold a monthly 45-minute tour of BedZED, which includes a walk around the entire site and covers all aspects of the eco-village, with plenty of time to ask questions. Book your place.