Never waste an opportunity to recycle and rebuild with sustainablity in mind
In Britain, the construction industry is responsible for almost 50% of our total carbon emissions, with our homes beings responsible for around 27% of the total emissions.On top of this, for every house that is built approximately 20% of the materials will be trashed as waste. In other words for every 5 houses built the equivalent of one full house will be wasted.
Several years ago, Kevin McCloud was involved in the construction of a house, which was appropriately called “The House that Kevin Built” in an attempt to showcase some new technologies and construction materials along with newly emerging building methods. The house was heralded as the UK’s first low-energy prefabricated house made from eco-friendly materials and the whole project or house construction was completed live on TV in six days in 2008 for Channel 4’s Grand Designs Live
A unique building with exceptional green design in Brighton
The University of Brighton have now offered up some land at their Faculty of Arts in Grand Parade for the reconstruction of the Eco house which will be constructed of 100 percent recycled waste and overseen by architect Duncan Baker-Brown who brings some impressive experience and an outstanding resume as co-founder of BBM Sustainable Design as well as a senior lecturer at the arts faculty, to the table.
The project team hope that the Eco House build it will be on a much grander scale than Kevin’s original house was, with the actual build time slowed down to around 3 months. This will allow the involvement of local community groups, school children and students to get involved in the actual build maximizing the experience that they can get out of it and helping them to understand that materials such as straw hemp and other recycled materials, can be the main constitutions in a building. In addition this eco building will be fully supported by eco-technologies like integrated solar panels, whole-house ventilation and a heat recovery system.
When completed, the building will feature an exhibition and workshop space which can be used by local community groups whilst on the second floor the University will have its headquarters for sustainable design activities.
The longer term plans for the building is to provide a source of inspiration, well beyond the university campus, which will be open to everyone.
With ongoing monitoring from the Building Research Establishment (BRE) , postgraduate students, will be activley involved in studying and monitoring, and will be writing and producing various papers and reports for assessment and outcomes. As the university has interior designers, product designers, and many artists the most interesting part of this build is that it will be intentionally built to be constantly upgraded in line with new and emerging technologies ideas and materials so that it always remains as a zero carbon and most sustainable building for future generations to come.
As Kevin McCloud puts it,
the building will be dynamic and evolving and as such will provide room for constant and measurable improvement retrofitting with new designs and refurbishments and providing a continuing resource for new learning and understanding of sustainability
Breakthrough reuse of waste for the Eco- building.
This whole project is a green initiative that could be a breakthrough in putting waste materials to work that might have previously thought of as unusaeble and it is likely that whole world will have its eyes on the project as a source for innovation and energy efficiency.
For more details, including how to support the project, go to www.brighton.ac.uk/thehousethatkevinbuilt