BedZED is a carbon neutral mixed urban development of 82 dwelling units and 2,500 m2 of office space located on a brownfield site in south London. The zero energy-status is achieved by energy-efficient design of the buildings, the use of renewable energy sources, wind driven ventilation systems, energy-efficient appliances and a green transport plan. The total energy requirement is met by a combination of passive solar design photovoltaics and wood-fired CHP. Embodied energy levels were reduced through the use of recycled building materials. Sustainable lifestyles are fostered by a car pool, bulk home delivery of groceries and a direct supply of seasonal organic food from local farms.


Private sector, local government, NGO, academic/research, local community