MP praises Waste House, built with 20,000 toothbrushes
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Sustainability
Brighton Waste House
Britain’s only Green MP, Caroline Lucas, has called on Britain’s housing industry to use recycled 'rubbish' in construction projects.
Lucas visited the University of Brighton’s Waste House, which is the country’s first building made almost entirely of thrown away materials.
"The housing industry is decades behind where best practice is and I think the real challenge of this Waste House is for it not to be seen as a one-off example but actually to be paving the way in what has to be mainstream," said Lucas, who represents the Brighton Pavilion constituency. "This is the way we are going to have to build in the future if we are serious about living within the resources of one planet earth."
More than 20,000 old toothbrushes, two tonnes of denim jeans, 4,000 video cassettes, 2,000 used carpet tiles, thrown away timber, paper, plastic bags and chalk, were used in the house construction within the grounds of the university’s Grand Parade campus in Brighton.
Lucas said: "The housing industry has a huge amount to catch up on. For every five houses currently being built enough waste is created to build one extra house – most people understand that this makes absolutely no sense at all. The housing industry has got to get its act together."
Lucas was shown around by Duncan Baker-Brown, university lecturer and the Waste House architect. He worked with the Mears Group which, with undergraduate students, students from City College Brighton & Hove, the reuse organisation Freegle UK, private companies and volunteers, built the house.
Photo shows Baker-Brown with Lucas in front of Waste House.