waste-houseOne man’s meat is another man’s poison, or in another variant, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The latter certainly rings true where the Waste House is concerned. The Waste House was specially constructed at the University Of Brighton campus, where it will make use of waste materials that have been sourced from domestic and construction sites, going to show just how flexible things can be when one puts one’s mind and heart into it.

Garbage doubling up as an environmentally friendly material to build a house is certainly an opportunity that is worth exploring, as it might mean a roof over the head of millions of homeless people worldwide. The Waste House project is touted to be the first permanent British building that was constructed mainly from waste and recycled materials. Right now, the Waste House is an ongoing experiment that intends to prove the maxim that “there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place.”

After 3 months of design accompanied by a year of building the house, it is made out of approximately 20,000 toothbrushes, close to 2 tons of denim jeans, 4,000 DVD cases, 2,000 floppies, and 2,000 used carpet tiles. Both frame and floors of Waste House are made from recycled wood, while it also boasts of a rammed-earth wall that hails from compacted chalk waste and clay. Insulation is provided by 4,000 VHS video tapes, and 500 bike inner tubes double up as window seals as well as offering a degree of soundproofing. I do wonder whether there is a place for unwanted DS games? Now, to bring this technology mainstream so that the masses will be able to figure out a way to build their own homes.

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