Project Description

Client:   Mini Dealership
Location:   Brighton
Year Completed:   2014

The Challenges

The Waste House was built using nearly 20,000 toothbrushes, old video and music tapes, denim jeans and floppy discs among other items and materials destined for landfill.

AAC Waterproofing re-used the rubber roofing membrane it originally supplied for Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme, ‘The House That Kevin Built’, in which one of the UK’s first A+ energy-rated houses was built in just six days.

Just like the original Grand Designs house build in London, this was a great project to be part of. It was amazing to see how so many different waste materials could be put to great use.

The same architects from the Grand Designs programme worked on the Waste House, so they knew our product was green and durable enough to be reused. All we had to do was reinstall our material at the new site.

AAC Waterproofing was not the only North Wales company involved in the Waste House project. Holywell-based Kingspan also donated damaged panels that have insulated the home, together with the toothbrushes, VHS and old music tapes. Despite the Waste House’s negative carbon footprint and 85% use of recycled materials, it is one of the few homes in the UK to gain an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate.

Similar in size to a detached house, the Waste House now functions as Brighton University’s sustainability learning centre and has been used as one of the venues for the Brighton Festival.

Despite the Waste House’s negative carbon footprint and 85% use of recycled materials, it is one of the few homes in the UK to gain an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate.

Students, apprentices, local builders and school children have all been involved with the project, with the ambition to train young people around emerging green industries.

Similar in size to a detached house, the Waste House will now function as Brighton University’s sustainability learning centre and will be one of the venues for the forthcoming Brighton Festival.