Beddington Zero Energy Develoment
Completed in 2002, BedZED (Beddington Zero Energy Develoment) is the first large scale eco-community in the UK. Peabody led the project in partnership with Bill Dunster Architects and environmental consultants BioRegional.
There are 82 mixed tenure residential homes on BedZED, incorporating innovative approaches to energy conservation and sustainability. Among the houses are commercial buildings, an exhibition centre, a children's nursery and a show flat so that visitors can see what it is like to live at BedZED.
Where possible, BedZED was built from natural, recycled or reclaimed materials. All wood was approved by the Forest Stewardship Council or comparable internationally recognised environmental organisations, ensuring that it was sustainably sourced.
Buildings are constructed from thermally massive materials that store heat during warm conditions and release heat at cooler times. The houses are arranged in south facing terraces to maximise heat gain from the sun, known as passive solar gain. The development is designed to promote walking, cycling and use of public transport, reducing residents' reliance on cars.