Best prac­tice: Lon­don

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One pos­si­ble fu­ture for sus­tain­able hous­ing could be some­thing like The Bed­ding­ton Zero En­ergy Devel­op­ment (BedZED) in Hack­bridge, Lon­don (left). Built in 2002 BedZED in­cludes 82 homes and 1,405 square me­tres of workspace. The ex­per­i­men­tal devel­op­ment in­cor­po­rates so­lar pan­els, a tree­waste co­gen­er­a­tion plant, triple-glazed win­dows ori­en­tated to make best use of the sun, rain­wa­ter re­cy­cling, water and en­ergy ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances and build­ing ma­te­ri­als se­lected for their low im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment. Res­i­dents are also en­cour­aged to make use of a car-pool­ing scheme and to grow their own veg­eta­bles in al­lot­ments in a nearby field. While some of the key fa­cil­i­ties have not func­tioned as de­signed, the re­sult­ing homes have shown a 25% re­duc­tion in elec­tric­ity use and a 50% drop in water use when com­pared to the av­er­age home in the area, and res­i­dents’ car use was only one third of the na­tional av­er­age.

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