Waste House a living lesson

Located on the University of Brighton’s campus, the Waste House is the UK’s first permanent building made almost entirely out of trash and discarded building materials.

One of the aims of the project is to show “that there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place”. To prove this point, the Brighton Waste House is made from material taken from nearby construction sites and demolished homes, as well as trash such as old plastic razors, denim jeans, videocassettes, DVD cases, floppy discs and 20,000 toothbrushes.

As Dezeen reports, much of the trash was inserted into the walls as insulation. Carpet tiles were applied as weatherproof cladding to the exterior, while waste vinyl exhibition banners form a permanent vapour control membrane that wraps around the house. To improve energy efficiency and thermal conductivity, the builders constructed load bearing internal walls out of chalk waste and clay.

The building was designed by East Sussex studio BBM together with undergraduate students from the University of Brighton. The building will act as a living research project: Many of the materials can be seen through transparent sections built into the walls, allowing students to learn how to accommodate ventilation and heat recovery into a design that re-uses other people’s trash.


Photo credit: University of Brighton

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