Ten years ago, BioRegional development Group opened BedZED, a “zero-energy” housing and business development in south London. The development has been tremendously successful, possibly the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly and sustainable site of its kind to date. Springing off of BedZED’s success, BioRegional has partnered with the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) to create One Planet Living, a brand and organization slated to build a network of sustainable communities around the world.

The first One Planet Living community, Mata de Sesimbra, is currently in planning to be built outside of Lisbon on Portugal’s Costa Azul. The project will integrate sustainable architecture, eco-tourism, a nature preserve and a reforestation project with cork forests, making it the first development to integrate land conservation with habitable development. Mata de Sesimbra is being built by Pelicano architects, who plan to make “normal-looking” homes (i.e., they don’t scream “eco” but are highly sustainable while being attractive and comfortable).

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  1. Sarah August 22, 2005 at 11:31 pm

    The link to ecospiration is now correct. My apologies, Rupert!

  2. rupert eden August 22, 2005 at 5:15 pm

    my web site can be found at (not as posted above)

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