The ZED in a Box is virtually identical in concept to the original BedZED development, built in 2001 for the Peabody Trust. However, it has been packaged to overcome resistance from developers by giving cost certainty with a novel procurement method to reach private buyers. The ZED in a box also incorporates changes to make it easier to build and live in, with feedback from BedZED residents playing a part in the improvements. Hollow core planks are used to construct the inner leaf of the cavity walls to house ducting for the heat recovery ventilation. This eliminates the need for expensive sound- and fire-insulated ducting. Thick walls, triple glazing, better inter-floor insulation and removing the squeak from the wind cowls will give much quieter accommodation.
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