Mapping local agri, bio and textile resource potential for sustainable building construction innovation in and around Brighton

The Brighton Approach

Our approach

The Brighton approach has been to map resources that exist around the WasteHouse installation site to minimise the impact of transportation but also to develop a vernacular approach to the material language of the products.

Brighton has a vibrate, but transient culture of students and tourism which in turn leads to significant waste generation. In addition to tourism and hospitality the fishing industry is also noted as generating useful waste materials that coincide with some of those developed through restaurants and the Brighton hospitality trade.

Transient Trash >> Better Buildings >> Meaningful Materials

The Wastehouse (Site)

The Brighton Wastehouse

Key Materials: Quilts / Duvets

Bulky nature of this waste
sorting at municipal waste site
relatively consistent material
many are even tog rated
many are labelled as conforming to fire safety standards
some are dated
polyester 'baubles'
folded Polyester

Summary: Quilts are presented by partners Veolia locally (Newhaven base) as a 'problematic' and bulky 'textile' based materials and potential resource that is already designed to generate heat and insulation.

61,000 purchased in the UK - there are not systems in place so 70% landfill / 30% energy. (WRAP)

Small amounts are co-collected with clothing.

Initial sample of one week's retention from a city household waste site yielded 3000 litres of mixed bedding that suggested a 'clean' stream of two key core / inner material contents 100% Polyester or natural feathers with outer covers being a mix of Polyester and cotton in variable amounts or occasional `polypropylene.

Key Materials: Aggregated / clay materials

Initial Material Developments

cast waste with texture
hand made hung tile
feather board
waste tiles
polyboard

Key Materials: Fisheries and restaurant shellfish waste

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