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The ZEDbook

Solutions for a Shrinking World, 1st Edition

By Bill Dunster, Craig Simmons, Bobby Gilbert

Taylor & Francis

276 pages

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Though few now doubt the severity of the environmental problems faced by humanity there is still resistance from businesses, developers, architects, planners and government when it comes to making the step changes necessary to make our lifestyles sustainable.

Based on the experience gained from their involvement in the pioneering Beddington Zero Emission Development (or BedZED) in London, and subsequent innovative schemes, The ZEDbook authors present a bold, coherent and refreshing vision of a low carbon future.

In three comprehensive sections, The ZEDbook leads the reader from basic ZEDliving principles through building physics and architectural design details to a carefully selected array of informative case studies.

The ZEDbook is a must-have purchase for anyone wanting to make communities and the built environment more sustainable.


"A remarkable achievement, both for the initiative it documents - probably the most comprehensive sustainable building system in the UK - and for being a reference manual as at home on the coffee table as it is on the study shelf." Ecologist, April 2008

"This book is at once an instrumental manual and a testament; a roadmap to future success, but also, crucially, a laudable record of what has already been achieved." Ecologist, April 2008

Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction Part 1: Principles for ZEDliving 1.1 Make Carbon History 1.2Design Out Fossil Fuels 1.3Reduce Demand – Run On Native Renewables 1.4Enable a High Quality of Life on a LOW Footprint 1.5 The ZEDstandards: A Checklist for ZEDliving Part 2: Designing ZEDs 2.1 A Guide to ZEDstandards 2.2 The ZEDphysics Model 2.3Characterising a Development for Energy Use and Carbon Emissions 2.4Characterising a Development for Comfort 2.5The Effect of Climate 2.6Building and Upgrading Houses to Zero Carbon Standards 2.7Achieving Zero Carbon Emissions on a Large Development 2.8Building Fabric and Insulation 2.9ZEDfactory Wind Cowl Passive Heat Recovery Ventilation System 2.10 Passive Solar Design 2.11Thermal Mass 2.12Overheating Risk Assessment 2.13Low and Zero Carbon Heating and Hot Water 2.14 Low Energy Air-Conditioning, Dehumidification and Cooling 2.15 Providing a Renewable eEectricity Supply Part 3: Case Studies RuralZED. SuburbanZED. Live/WorkZED. UrbanZED. CityZED. ZEDquarter

About the Authors

Bill Dunster formed Bill Dunster architects in 1998. In 2002 he completed the award winning BedZED (Beddington Zero Energy Development), the UK's largest carbon neutral eco-community. The architectural practice now has its own range of low carbon construction products – ZEDfabric – and has recently launched the RuralZED zero carbon self build house kit.

Craig Simmons is the co-founder and Technical Director of Best Foot Forward, one of Europe’s leading environmental consultancies. In 2005 the company was awarded a Queen’s Award for sustainability development. In 2000, Craig co-authored Sharing Nature’s Interest – the definitive book on ecological footprinting – and currently sits on the standards committee of the Global Footprint Network.

Bobby Gilbert is a mathematician and chartered engineer with 20 years’ experience in designing simulation and monitoring systems. He runs his own building physics consultancy and software development business which recently launched ‘Carbon Mixer’, a software tool already adopted by many local authorities and consultants. Bobby also teaches building physics and simulation on post-graduate courses.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice