How can we build our homes and communities so that they co-exist harmoniously with Nature? What does it mean to create a sustainable house, a sustainable community, a sustainable city? For each additional day that we live, design and build unsustainably, we pull another fibre out of the fabric of Earth’s ecosystems.

The Bamberton Code


1. That Bamberton represents a way of living which seeks to serve the needs both of our own generation, and of generations to come.

2. That Bamberton represents a new possibility for the way people co-exist with nature, upholding the ideal of responsible stewardship, and seeking to be ecologically sustainable in the use of natural resources such as water, soil, habitat, energy and raw materials.

3. That Bamberton represents a rediscovery of the traditional virtues of community, being conducive to social interaction, care and mutual support, encouraging of responsibility in the pursuit of shared goals, and supportive of cultural and artistic richness.

4. That Bamberton represents a new possibility for the building of a self-reliant, local community economy, emphasizing enterprise and initiative; the contribution of labour; mutual economic support; innovation, research and development; personal, social and global responsibility; and long-term ecological sustainability.

5. That Bamberton represents a positive opportunity for all who call Bamberton home, being encouraging of creativity, learning and growth, and nurturing of a deep appreciation of the gift of life.

The Code and the Design Principles will be used to guide future development, and to keep future partners, builders and residents mindful of the intentions and commitments underlying the project.

Once built, a town may exist for thousands of years. Perhaps more than anyone else, the builders and designers of a new town are accountable to future generations, and their unspoken needs. In honour of this trust, we must endeavour to reflect the needs of the future in the designs of the present.