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Posted by News on July 28, 2004, 4:54 pm
I thought you might be interested.  Strange that the UK can come up with
BedZed and this project, yet we don't force this in the normal planning
regulations for all homes.


Eco village plans for city
All properties face south to harness heat from the sun

The first housing estate in Wales to generate its own energy could be built
in Cardiff.
Developers behind a futuristic and award-winning development in London are
in talks with the Welsh Development Agency to put 1,000 homes on Brownfield
site at Ely Bridge.
If successful, the former paper mill site could be home to Wales' first
purpose-built eco village.

Sophisticated solar-powered technology and clever energy-saving devices
would mean no energy would have to be drawn from the National Grid.

Waste timber could also be used to power a combined heat and power unit
which is environmentally-friendly and does not release carbon dioxide into
the atmosphere.
The company behind the scheme developed BedZED - the Beddington Zero Energy
Development in Sutton - plans to create many "carbon neutral" communities
across the UK.
It is currently looking for clusters of interested people and already has
several people registered in the Cardiff area.

The plans for the Cardiff development are revealed in Tuesday's Week In Week
Out programme on BBC 1 Wales.

The programme examines the need for a new generation of housing because of
mounting concerns about climate change.

The Welsh Assembly Government is committed to finding alternative sources of
renewable energy.

Energy-efficient devices are built in to all homes
It is one of only three governments which has pledged in its constitution to
pursue sustainable development in all it does.

Developments like BedZED - which was built on the site of a former sewage
works - are therefore likely to be of great interest.

The company ensures that, where possible, building materials come from
natural, renewable or recycled sources - wherever possible from within a
35-mile radius of the site.
Its homes have an energy-efficient design - they face south to make the most
of the heat from the sun, and have insulation and triple-glazed windows.
Water recycling devices ensure that mains water consumption is cut by a
third, and each home has a recycling bin.

The developers are keen to reduce the need to travel - so cutting down on
carbon dioxide emissions - by means of a green transport plan.

Home-owners are encouraged to use the internet and on-site facilities for
shopping, and to use a car pool.

The company has seen attitudes to sustainable development change
considerably in recent years.

"We are driven by an absolute determination to show that the future is cool,
trendy, fun, desirable and something to really look forward to" said
architect Bill Dunster.
"I've just had enough of negative environmental campaigners telling us the
end is nigh".

Posted by Ashley Clarke on July 30, 2004, 12:39 am

... ... ...

   This is the major hurdle for alternative ecosystem environments, meshing
with the rest of society. For a start it`s very "Artistic" and doesn`t
much in the way of financial returns. We see alot of housing estate projects
like this in GB (where it is cheaper to live in a block of Flats anyway) but
end up becomming run down after only a few years and eventually
demolished, why, because they harbour the low earners who are still taken
in by advertising. The "Dream" simply still isn`t there in thier minds to
this way. It might be better to select people who would benefit from such
an environment but I guess they`ll use whoever they can to live there on the

Ashley Clarke
Email: ashley@a-clarke.demon.co.uk

Posted by News on July 30, 2004, 8:56 am



Those who live in BedZed live there out of choice and fully understand what
it is all about.

Currently these types of communities are regarded as oddities.  They should
be the norm. The concept should be incorporated within planning guidelines.
Passive solar, superinsulation,etc should be in the building regs and
planning regs.

Posted by nicksanspam on July 30, 2004, 10:50 am

Pay no attention to the huge piles of sawdust behind the curtain.


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