One man’s garbage is another man’s … house?

Can garbage be used as an eco-material to construct a house? That’s the intriguing premise behind the recently-completed Waste House project, which is believed by those involved to be the first permanent British building built almost solely from waste and recycled materials. Constructed at the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade campus, the Waste House is an ongoing experiment which aims to prove, in the organizer’s own words, that “there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place.”

A team of 253 students and apprentices led by BBM Architects Director and senior lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown spent three months designing, and another 12 building the house, with work completed in April this year. Around 90 percent of the materials that went into making the structure are waste products that were derived from various household and construction sites.

This included some 20,000 toothbrushes (used once by business and first class aircraft passengers), 2 tons (1.8 tonnes) of denim jeans, 4,000 DVD cases, 2,000 floppy discs, and 2,000 used carpet tiles – the latter used to clad the home’s facade. –Full Story at Gizmag

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