Build-Up to the Waste House

The Brighton Waste House was completed in 2014 – built almost entirely by the collaborative work of some 300 young people studying construction trades, architecture and design and even some still at school. The building was Europe's first permanent public building made almost entirely from material thrown away or not wanted. It is also an Energy Performance Certificate ‘A’ rated low energy building. Prior to the start of construction of this pioneering building, students form the architecture courses at the University of Brighton built a number of developmental pavilion structures. Whilst initially these were intended as a showcase for the work of graduating students at the end of year Graduate Show, they also formed a methodology for testing that supported and enabled a proposal to have the Waste House constructed largely by an unskilled workforce of students. Four main Graduate Show builds worked at a large enough scale and complexity to simulate the ambitions of the Waste House, devising material methods revealing waste or locally sourced materials and explored unconventional construction processes such as rammed chalk, structural straw bales, tensioned birch and reciprocating structures. This paper will describe the research process and methods that went into the materials and technologies used to construct the pavilions and how these were detailed to suit a student workforce and learning experience.

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Glenn Longden-Thurgood, University of Brighton, United Kingdom

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Conference: ECSS2018
Stream: Sustainability

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