Major energy savings and lower bills, abundant green space, a friendly community and continued above-market sale prices keep the iconic BedZED village in South London an inspiration for zero-carbon homes worldwide
We all love nosing around other people's homes, right? Well, starting from tomorrow, we can unashamedly put this to good use.
From 19 to 27 September, some of London’s most recognisable, quirky and special places will be opening to the public. It’s time once again for the London Open House Festival.
Open House is the largest festival of architecture and the urban landscape in the world. And this year is a special one. One of the main topics of focus is “Architecture for the Climate Emergency”, meaning a place like BedZED is the ideal candidate to show off to the world.
Initiated by Bioregional and developed by Peadbody Trust and Bioregional in partnership with ZEDfactory architects, BedZED was the UK’s first large-scale eco-village. Completed in 2002 it paved the way for sustainable developments the world over, and some 18 years after it was created, it’s staying true to its zero-carbon vision.
We have been taking part in Open House for years, but for reasons we’re all familiar with, we didn’t think it was going to be possible this time round. But luckily, technology and ingenuity came through!
This year, you’ll be able to explore BedZED from the comfort of your own home. We’ve created an online “virtual” tour which you can watch on your web browser. You’ll even get a sneak peek into our CEO Sue Riddlestone’s house, as not only does she work in BedZED, she also lives there. Don’t say we don’t treat you.
We look forward to welcoming you.