Example of a ZED Zero Emission fossilfuel Development

BedZED (Figure 11.8) is a mixed development urban village constructed on a brownfield wasteland in the London Borough of Sutton, providing 82 dwellings in a mixture of apartments, maisonettes and town houses together with some work/office space and community facilities.22 The combination of super-insulation, a wind-driven ventilation system incorporating heat recovery, and passive solar gain stored within each unit in thermally massive floors and walls reduces the energy needs so that a 135 kW wood-fuelled combined heat and power (CHP) plant is sufficient to meet the village's energy requirements. A 109 kW peak photovoltaic installation provides enough solar electricity to power 40 electric cars, some pool, some taxi, some privately owned. The community has the capacity to lead a carbon-neutral lifestyle - with all energy for buildings and local transport being supplied from renewable sources.

Figure 11.8 The BEDZED development in south London, developed by the Peabody Trust and designed by Bill Dunster Architects'.
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