The Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZED) is the UK’s largest carbon-neutral eco-community – the first of its kind in this country. BedZED was developed by the Peabody Trust in partnership with Bill Dunster Architects and BioRegional Development Group. BedZED is a mixed-use, mixed-tenure development that incorporates innovative approaches to energy conservation and environmental sustainability.
Where possible, BedZED is built from natural, recycled or reclaimed materials. All the wood used has been approved by the Forest Stewardship Council, or comparable internationally recognised environmental organisations, to ensure that it comes from a sustainable source. Through the innovative design and construction, heat from the sun and heat generated by occupants and every day activities such as cooking is sufficient to heat BedZED homes to a comfortable temperature. The need for space heating, which accounts for a significant part of the energy demand in conventional buildings, is therefore reduced or completely eliminated. BedZED receives power from a small-scale combined heat and power plant (CHP). In conventional energy generation, the heat that is produced as a by-product of generating electricity is lost. With CHP technology, this heat can be harnessed and put to use. The CHP plant at BedZED is powered by off-cuts from tree surgery waste that would otherwise go to landfill. Wood is a carbon neutral fuel because the CO2 released when the wood is burned is equal to that absorbed by the tree as it grew.
Civic Trust Sustainability Award 2004 – Winner
Housing Design Awards 2003: Completed Scheme Award – Winner
RIBA Journal Sustainability Award 2003 – Winner
Stirling Prize 2003 – Finalist
Finalist for the World Habitat Awards 2002 – Finalist
Building Energy Globe Award 2002 – Winner
Building Services Award for Innovation 2002 – Winner
UK Solar Awards 2001 – Winner
Housing Design Award for Sustainability 2001 – Winner
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s (ODPM) Award for Sustainable Communities 2003 – Finalist
Client: Peabody Trust
Architect: Bill Dunster Architects