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6. Living in the 21st century: The ecological community of Braamwisch
2003 (English)In: Urban Environmental Management: Reports from the Superbs project / [ed] Lars Rydén, Uppsala: Baltic University Press , 2003, 1, 67-72 p.Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Inhabitants in ecological communities develop integrated strategies for environmentally friendly lifestyles. The eco-community of Braamwisch in the northeastern part of Hamburg, Germany, has developed far-reaching ecological strategies in several ways. Braamwisch includes 40 houses built 1996-2000, all with low energy construction methods, and extremely good insulation. Much of the heating is made using local solar heating, while green electricity was bought from outside, and to an extent came from local photovoltaic cells. All building materials used were environmentally safe. Toilets were mostly dry composting toilets. Water consumption was considerably reduced without water toilets (about 20,000 liters per year and person), and further reduced by the use of rainwater. Wastewater consists only of grey water, which is treated locally in three reed beds. Kitchen waste is mostly composted in the same bid as toilet waste. The inhabitrants cause little environmental impact by traffic as they use car-sharing and in addition, the community is located close to the public transport of Hamburg and needed commodities, such as schools, shops and doctors office, are within walking distance. The social dimension of life in an eco-community is also important as described in this report.

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Uppsala: Baltic University Press , 2003, 1. 67-72 p.
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Superbs Case Studies, 4
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Landscape Architecture Architectural Engineering Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-197110ISBN: 91-970017-5-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-197110DiVA: diva2:611978
Available from: 2013-03-19 Created: 2013-03-18 Last updated: 2013-03-19Bibliographically approved

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