drbubb Posted September 25, 2006 Report Share Posted September 25, 2006 Mr Livingstone has plans to build a zero-carbon suburb in London , in conjunction with Arup, a British engineering firm that is helping to design Dongtan. The project, in an old industrial area in east London , would be much smaller than Dongtan. But Mr Livingstone has said his plan would show that it is “affordable and achievable to make all major new developments low-carbon.” ...more: http://www.greenenergyinvestors.com/index.php?showtopic=809 # # # # # Is it Bedzed?? ======== Bedzed is the brainchild of Bill Dunster, an architect interested in sustainable solutions to social housing issues. Dunster first tried out many of his ideas, particularly natural ventilation, at Hope House, his family home and architectural practice. He also thought about how to reduce the environmental impacts of much of our modern day-to-day living. From this the practice started to expand the concept. Hope House became the theoretical HopeTown, with the same principles informing the upgrade from single building to whole community context. These have now been applied to the South London site. Core elements which are built into the south-facing Beddington site include light and shade zones, a combination of innovative renewables, including superinsulation, wind-cowl ventilation, and passive solar gain from thermally massive walls and floors. Dunster calls part of what is being promoted ‘Solar Urbanism’, where people "have the right to sunlight" and buildings that allow energy autonomy rather than depend on centralized energy sources. There are north-facing light-wells in all the living spaces which bring welcome daylight, whilst the workspaces have also been positioned within the north-sided shade-zones, since these are also the least cultivable parts of the buildings. Taken together, these elegant design solutions use one-tenth the normally-required energy consumption, all within a remarkable 25% of the usual density-area for the equivalent level of amenities, quite enough for the 240 residents and 200 people working in the village. This is striking when it is considered that urban areas cover nearly 11% of the uk’s geographic landmass. It is even more striking when it is recognized that London, with 12% of the country’s population, presently requires an equivalent amount of the whole of the uk landmass for its various needs. It is a fully-fledged systemic environmental design, where, rather than the usual ad hoc bolt-on conventions, the whole design is integrated to minimize environmental impact and optimize energy reductions through an all-embracing approach. THE CORE OF Dunster’s interests have long been focussed on practical ways in which the impact of urban living on its environmental surroundings can be lessened, radically reducing the ecological footprint on the surrounding region ...more : http://www.resurgence.org/resurgence/issue...wenstein213.htm = = = = = LINKS: Plans for a zero-carbon city : http://www.opendemocracy.net/forums/thread...29&tstart=0 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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