Bill Dunster OBE - founder of The ZEDFactory, UK - will present 'How can Auckland deliver Zero Energy developments?' as part of Auckland Conversations - A series of international speaker events on the issues facing Auckland becoming the world’s most liveable city proudly brought to you by the Chief Planning Office – Auckland Council.
The ZEDfactory are the architects of BedZED, the UK’s first and largest Zero Energy Development. Completed in 2002, BedZED has created a thriving community in which people enjoy a high quality of life while living within their fair share of the Earth’s resources. The mixed-use development was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects Sustainability Award in 2003.
The ZEDfactory is a leader in the field of low carbon architecture and works closely with leading UK academics and consultants to model predicted energy consumption and production, fluid dynamics, daylighting and whole life cycle carbon costs of designs to ensure they achieve the lowest environmental impact possible. Zedfactory believes that to combat global climate change and reduce carbon emissions, we need to offer more than energy efficient buildings and target a zero-carbon/zero-waste society capable of running off the limited supplies of renewable energy available within national boundaries.
Prior to forming Zedfactory, Bill Dunster worked as an architect for over 14 years, specialising in low energy and sustainable development - leading on Nottingham University’s Jubilee Campus, he took the scheme from the initial competition bid through to completion. Opened in December 1999 by HM the Queen the campus has since been awarded the RIBA Sustainability Award.
In 1995 he built his own home, Hope House which is a prototype low energy live/work unit in which he and his family now live. Dunster was educated at Edinburgh University and is an honorary graduate of Oxford Brookes University and has lectured at Harvard University.