The House that Kevin Built 2012 The Brighton Waste House

The Team

Duncan Baker-Brown, Architect, Academic & Environmental Activist

Director of BBM Sustainable Design, award-winning architect, senior lecturer at the University of Brighton and an environmental campaigner, Duncan has been at the forefront of sustainable design for over 20 years since he designed and built the RIBA Competition winning scheme 'the house of the Future' with partner Ian McKay in 1994. In 1997 as Co-Director of BBM Duncan was part of the design team that won the competition to design The Greenwich Millennium Village in London. Since then he has practiced, researched and taught around issues of sustainable design & development. Duncan designed ‘The House That Kevin Built’ with Kevin McCloud in 2008. It was UK’s first prefabricated house made almost entirely of organic ‘compostable’ material and it was built in only 6 days live on Channel 4 attracting 5 million viewers a night. Duncan was the joint curator of the WasteZone seminar series and designer of the 9m high Waste Totem, both featured at EcoBuild 2013. He has also worked on numerous green retrofit projects, including ideas to keep & regenerate whole Victorian streets & 1960’s tower blocks so that they are Carbon Neutral.

Duncan is the architect and coordinator of the University of Brighton’s Waste House, which was constructed with the help of The Mears Group and their apprentices, as well as students from City College Brighton & Hove and the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts. To date nearly 700 people have been involved with the project.

Duncan is passionate about looking at ways of making our current cities truly beautiful, sustainable places to live in.

Using the Brighton Waste House and other positive models Duncan will discuss contemporary design solutions to the huge environmental problems currently plaguing Planet Earth due to humankind's habit of throwing things 'away'.

Cat Fletcher

Founding Member, Elected National Representative and Head of Media for Freegle UK (UK-wide organisation, formed in 2009 by experienced volunteers and members of the free reuse community with over 1.4 million members), Cat is also working with Brighton University on The House that Kevin Built project.

Super scavenger Cat helped to set up the Waste Zone at Ecobuild. The Waste Zone was a temporary place dedicated to the discussion of the issues & huge potentials of seeing waste as a future resource. Students, activists, film-makers and designers of all kinds presented their ideas, showing examples of products, buildings, furniture etc – all made from waste.

Cat was shortlisted in the Living Lab Global Awards, http://llga.org/solutions.php, an international competition to find innovative solutions for unique problems from 22 cities from around the world. The awards programme was developed by an architect, originally to accelerate innovative action to address real urban problems. Her submitted solution was an online and real world system of community engagement, reward and resourcefulness (a supersonic version of what she has successfully been engaged in for six years locally and more recently with the University of Brighton). Her solution was shortlisted for two cities: Rosario in Argentina and Terrassa in Spain. She attended a 3-day summit in San Francisco in where 250 plus city leaders and solution shortlisters gathered to share knowledge and establish relationships.

David M Pendegrass, MCIOB Mears Group

David Pendegrass is a Project Manager with the Mears Group at Brighton who currently is working in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council. Since joining Mears David has Project Managed the Construction of the Brighton Housing Centre at Moulsecombe and some of the larger re-building of void properties for Brighton & Hove City Council.

David commenced work with The Brighton Waste House Project in November 2012 and together with the project team helped bring together the design and implementation of the project and since work commenced on site in April 2013 has managed the build process overseeing the many University of Brighton and City College students together with volunteers from the public who helped build The House. This challenging project has added a new dimension to David’s experience.

Prior to joining Mears, David had construction management roles with Mansell (30 Years) YJL, Osbourne and Blenheim House Construction and has managed construction works in many fields up to £20m in value with 40 years management experience.

David started his working life with Mansell as an apprentice carpenter and having completed a 4 year apprenticeship in carpentry & joinery moved on to become a trainee manager in 1976.

David progressed his career in site management and with further education at age 25 and 30, gained full membership of the Chartered Institute of Building at age 33.

David has managed many types of construction including education, healthcare, museum work, concert hall, housing, fish farming , commercial, banking and retail both as a site based manager and as an office based contracts manager.

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