A revamp for The University of Brighton’s Waste House
The Brighton Waste House project page
Supported by: INTERREG VA France (Channel) England
The award winning University of Brighton’s Waste House is currently undergoing an innovative makeover.
In line with Duncan’s ongoing research project with Sustainable Bio & Waste Resources for Construction (SB&WRC) and INTERREG VA France (Channel) England The Waste House has incorporated new recycled and reused materials into the building fabric.
Since the recent success and publicity of David Attenborough’s BBC series Blue Planet II The Waste House has gained further recognition.
The Waste House is almost entirely made from thrown away materials most of which were heading for landfill or incineration. Materials used in the construction include toothbrushes, denim jeans, dvd cases, floppy discs, carpet tiles and construction waste. These materials have now been joined by used duvets from The University of Brighton’s halls of residence which are being used as insulation. Whilst oyster shells from the critically acclaimed English’s oyster bar have been mixed with waste aggregates from a neighbouring building site (Preston Barracks) to form wall tiles.
Duncan recently spoke about the buildings modifications:
“It is great to see the Waste House continuing to break new ground four years after it was first completed. Duvets and oyster shells are not currently widely recycled yet, like so many of the other materials we have used, are perfectly suited to alternative uses. We will now be testing how they perform so that we can demonstrate to others the huge potential.”
Further reading: The University of Brighton’s Architecture and Interior Architecture blog.