These case studies have been selected for illustrating a variety of approaches tending towards many one planet criteria for new developments. Click on the picture to obtain a PDF description.

The Cannery, Sacramento

Useful lessons: The inclusion in this project of a farm, agricultural training college, community-supported agriculture, some affordable housing, jobs, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and low-carbon transport, together with the support of the local council make it of interest. The financial approach is conventional (developer investment recouped from high value sales and retail outlet rent). There is an inclusive multigenerational approach to residential development.

The Baugruppen model


Useful lessons: the involvement of residents in the design of their neighbourhood and housing, which fosters community cohesion; the zero profit housing model; support of local authorities; affordable housing; the use of non-financial criteria in selecting builders to work with.

Heathcott Road, Leicester

Useful lessons: The importance of key driving individual(s), comprehensive community consultation; asset transfer from council; 100% affordable housing; training and the link to food production. It is managed by a charity, with aims including the relief of poverty, environment/conservation/heritage and economic/community development/employment. The leasing of land to a developer, Passivhaus Standard homes, and the rent income used to pay, inter alia, for an on-site development officer.