Brighton’s Waste House Among The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Homes

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The University of Brighton’s Waste House has been ranked one of the world’s most eco-friendly homes by a leading design company.

India-based design consultancy Minds Eye Design produced a YouTube film featuring some of the world’s most sustainable home builds and placed the University’s in third spot. The YouTube film can be viewed here:

The award-winning Waste House, designed by the architect and University of Brighton lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown, was made almost entirely from thrown away materials, most of which were heading for landfill sites.

Situated in the grounds of the University’s City Campus in Grand Parade, The Brighton Waste House (as it became known) was opened in June 2014, and continues to be a ‘live’ on-going research project and permanent new design workshop focused on enabling open discussion and understanding of sustainable development.

Photo via 1 Million Women Twitter account: @1millionwomen

Commenting on the news that the Brighton Waste House has been ranked one of the worlds most eco-friendly homes, Baker-Brown said:

“We are delighted the Waste House has been recognised in this way, and it is marvellous that the House is continuing to receive accolades four years after it was completed.”

He added: “This is a reflection of the tremendous hard work and commitment invested in the project by many people including 350 students from the University and Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, volunteers, FREEGLE, the online reuse network which sourced much of the Waste House materials, The Mears Group and many contributing companies and organisations.”

Duncan Baker-Brown front left alongside Mears Group workers. Image via Brighton Waste House Facebook page: @BrightonWasteHouse

This collaborative eco-build project was Europe’s first building to be made almost entirely from discarded materials.

The materials that were used in the project included 20,000 toothbrushes, two tonnes of denim jeans, 4,000 DVD cases, 2,000 floppy discs, 2,000 used carpet tiles, and construction waste.

You can find more information about the House by visiting the website: or by visiting the project page here.

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Featured image via BBMSustainableDesign Twitter account: @BBMarchitects

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