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The ZED team offers consultancy in architecture, construction detailing, cost-effective delivery, product design, masterplanning, renewable energy and the development of meaningful environmental strategy, policy and performance targets.
We help third parties make a transition towards a low carbon future – and believe that whole life climate neutrality has to become our collective target for the construction industry.
Many UK local councils have responded to concern about runaway climate change, and have now taken policy action with a democratic vote to prioritise this agenda.
How can we respond to a local communities declaration of a climate emergency?
The key criteria is to deliver new homes and urban infrastructure that make no net contribution to accelerating climatic change over the projects lifespan. This makes human development projects net climate-neutral from inception to demolition or recycling.

The ZEDlife strategy has evolved the following proven strategies over the past two decades:

Reduce energy demand

Make the new development as energy efficient as possible to reduce energy demand. This often means all electric heating and cooling systems with zero local air pollution, and must consider the integration of the local food and transport.

Use low environmental impact materials

Make the new development from low environmental impact materials to reduce the embodied carbon footprint of both inception and maintenance – using local materials and labour wherever possible. It is important to take care not to specify materials with short life expectancy or high toxicity – particularly in fire situations as demonstrated by Grenfell.

Integrate renewable energy systems

Incorporate sufficient building integrated renewable energy systems such as building-integrated photovoltaics to both meet annual total development requirements but also generate a modest annual surplus of renewable energy that can be exported to offset the carbon footprint of grid electricity used by the wider community.

Reduce carbon footprint

If the following simple principles are applied – we find it is possible on a well designed project to repay the embodied carbon debt of the original construction with the avoided carbon footprint of around 25 years of renewable energy production from the buildings envelope. To achieve this figure – all of the above parameters have to be optimised. This is the first time that a single number can summarise the environmental footprint of any development project.

We believe that the simplicity of this approach is important – as it can be summarised on one page, and can be easily audited by a local authority to check compliance. If these principles became commonly adopted for both masterplanning, new build and the refurbishment of existing buildings – it is possible that our civilisation can move from being the source of the environmental problem as defined by Extinction Rebellion to becoming a ‘planetary curator’.
If local communities decide to adopt this stewardship role – the all-important transition away from reliance on carbon-intensive lifestyles and work styles whilst respecting the rights of other species sharing our environment will have started in earnest. This is potentially the ‘turning point’ in our collective evolution as a species?

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ZED Awards – Bill Dunster OBE

  • The Class Property Innovation and Sustainability Award 2017

  • Larfarge Holcim Awards 2017 Bronze: Inhabited parking spaces in London
  • Home Builder Awards 2017 Most Sustainable Residential Architecture Firm – South England
  • The Zero Bills Home – Structural Timber Awards 2016 Shortlisted low energy category with highly commended
  • The ZEDlife – Outstanding 2013 RIBA – Presidents Award 2013 – Winner
  • ZEDroof – Sustainability Innovation Award 2011

  • ZEDroof – Sustainable Housing Award 2010

  • BRE Special Lifetime Achievement Award 2010
  • William Robert Dunster, OBE For services to Sustainable Housing Design 2010

  • One Earth Homes, Upton, Northampton – Sustainable Development of the Year 2009 UK Green Building Council
  • The ZEDbook – RIBA – Presidents Award 2008 Outstanding Professional Practice-located Research
  • St Mathews Key Worker Flats, London Sustainable Housing Awards 2008
  • Sustainability Awards 2006 – Low energy building of the year 2006
  • Jubilee Wharf, Penryn, Cornwall Housing Design Awards 2007 – Future Proof Award 2007
  • Hockney Green Housing Design Awards 2006 – Highly Commended
  • BowZED, London Housing Design Awards 2005 – Highly Commended
  • Leicester Bus Garage Exhibition of Excellence 2005
  • BedZED, London
  • RIBA Stirling Prize 2003 – Shortlisted Main Prize & Winner of Sustainability Award
  • RIBA London Awards 2003 – Special Awards – Sustainability
  • Housing Design Awards 2003 – Best Project & Sustainability Award
  • EU prize for contemporary architecture 2003, Nominee – Fundacio Mies van der Rohe Award
  • Evening Standard Lifestyle Award 2002
  • Energy Globe Award 2002
  • Eurosolar Award 2002
  • The World Habitat Awards 2001 – Finalist 34

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