The Waste House

Waste, in all shapes and forms, is the world’s biggest environmental challenge in the 21st Century. With this sobering fact in mind ‘The Waste House’, is the first exciting and innovative house in the UK to have been built almost entirely from waste materials.

Architect and senior lecturer at Brighton University, Duncan Baker-Brown dreamt up the Waste House Project after working with Channel 4’s Grand Designs presenter, Kevin McCloud, when they constructed a house made from replenishable organic materials in 2008.

The ethos of the Waste house project is to use a mixture of discarded or throwaway materials believing; that there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place!

A lot of the building materials have come from the construction industry, who discards 20% of everything it uses. For every five houses built one goes to landfill in waste.

Other more unconventional waste materials used in the insulation of the house include, 20,000 toothbrushes collected by an aircraft cleaning company who service long haul flight airplanes, obsolete video cassettes, and the denim legs of jeans when a company manufacturers denim shorts.

My contribution to the project was to come up with a proposal for the outside cladding of the house. I proposed Carpet Tiles!

The Waste House is now clad in 2000 carpet tiles, with one colourful and experimental section of tiles having been decorated with carpet tiles clad with 200 plastic bags!

The house has been built on site at Brighton University, and will eventually serve as the university’s headquarters for sustainable design.