With efficiency now occupying a top-tier status in the effort to transform energy use, it was only a matter of time before the spotlight trained on waste and building construction. An architectural firm in Brighton, England, has taken that concept to the extreme.
In an effort to show that there is no such thing as waste, the firm Duncan Baker-Brown announced that it designed a home to be built entirely from the detritus of other projects. Once completed, it will be the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.
The home will be constructed on the campus of the University of Brighton. Its materials will consist entirely of waste and surplus materials from local building sites and other local industries.
The building’s walls will be made of waste timber products. So-called ply “cassettes” containing waste material will be slotted in between the timber structure. They will be removable to allow for the insertion of new building technologies at a later time.
The building also will feature the latest technology in building and energy efficiency, including fully integrated solar panels, whole-house ventilation and a heat-recovery system.
In keeping with the educational spirit of the campus where it will be built, the building will house the university’s sustainable design headquarters in the upstairs. Students, apprentices, local builders and school children will be involved in the construction, and the downstairs will contain an exhibition and workshops space for local community groups.
Work on the project will begin in November, and construction is expected to be completed by May 2013.