The Bartlett School of Planning


Bill Dunster to open the Bartlett EXPO 2017

11 May 2017

Bill Dunster will be opening the Bartlett EXPO 2017 on the 16th May. He is a pioneering architect and a visionary in the field of zero carbon development.

Bill Dunster

Prior to setting up ZEDfactory in 1999, Bill worked at Michael Hopkins and Partners, for 15 years, on projects specialising in low energy and sustainable developmens, including the Jubilee Campus at Nottingham University, and Portcullis House in Parliament Square. Bill is a Visiting Professor  in the Bartlett School of Planning (UCL) and lectures worldwide at institutions including the Architectural Association, EPFL (Switzerland)and Harvard.

Dunster was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours for the contribution he has made to eco-architecture and sustainable development.

Bill Dunster founded ZEDfactory in 1999. The architectural practice specialises is evolving a contemporary zero carbon vernacular. ZEDfactory has experience working on both a range of architectural projects varying in size from large scale master-planning to small residential refurbishments and works in China and Brazil, as well as the UK. This particular emphasis on the holistic integration of zero carbon thinking into the place-making and transportation agenda called ‘ZEDlife’ was fed into the Zero Bills Home. It aims to demonstrate that a step change reduction in carbon footprint is achievable at the same time as an increase in overall quality of life.


Zedfactory completed the first carbon neutral mixed used scheme in the UK -BedZED - in 2002 using these principals.  BedZed was the winner of 2003 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Sustainability Award and shortlisted for the 2003 Stirling Prize. In 2009 Zedfactory won the UK Green Building Council 'Sustainable Development of the Year Award' for projects under £2million,for their RuralZED development in Upton Square, Northampton. This project was also the first commercially available housing development awarded the Code for Sustainable Homes, Level 6.


ZEDFactory has also designed a range of innovative zero carbon solutions: Zedroof ( solar PV roofing systems); ZedBikes ( solar powered electric bikes); Zero Bills Homes ( zero net energy homes); Zedpods ( micro homes to fit over -parking spaces in the city); Zed Hub ( zero carbon offices); ZedArk ( zero carbon garden offices) and so on.

Bill has co-written the ‘ZEDbook’ with ecological footprint expert Craig Simmons and building physicist Bobby Gilbert – a manual for achieving zero carbon development at different densities and scales. In 2008 it won the RIBA Research Award. He is now about to publish his latest book ZEDLIFE with the RIBA this summer.