Location: Hackbridge, Londen
Client: the Peabody Trust
Design: the ZEDfactory managed by architect Bill Dunster
Year: 2002


The Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZed) project combines working and living. Heat exchange systems have been established between dwelling and working spaces. In the evening, residents can use the heat surplus from the working places for their living areas. This compact combination has also other advantages, according to the developers of the project, extended with collective programme like a day nursery, car sharing and local water treatment plant, the combination of working and living can strengthen the relationships between residents.
Demolition waste from the direct surroundings has been used as building material. Second hand doors are incorporated and wooden building elements are reused. Also manpower comes from a maximum distance of 70 kilometres from the building location. Water is purificated by a so called Living Machine and energy is partly generated by resources implemented in the project. Passive energy techniques such as good isolation and a clever orientation of the dwellings are completed with active energy productive techniques like solar collectors and PV-cells. Furthermore, bio-mass and kitchen and garden waste, produced by residents, are used as energy generating resources. Accumulating the active and passive energy measurements with heat exchange possibilities and the compact form, the CO2 emission inflicted by building and maintenance will be compensated on a longer term. This makes BEDZED, according to its architects, the first CO2 neutral project in the United Kingdom.




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