The House that Kevin Built 2012 The Brighton Waste House

First class award for Waste House

2 December 2014

Brighton Waste House


The University of Brighton’s Waste House has scooped another top award.

People Environment & Achievement (PEA) presented its ‘Best Echo Project Working with Schools’ award to the project and its architect, lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown.

School children helped fill cavity walls with thrown away insulation materials, and schools and colleges regularly visit what is Britain’s first house made almost entirely of rubbish, at the university’s Grand Parade campus.

Another award went to Cat Fletcher, founder of FREEGLE, the UK’s biggest online reuse network, who sourced much of the Waste House materials. She collected the Campaigner Hero award.

The PEA awards recognise “inspirational people who making a difference to the green agenda”. They were created by ethical business and lifestyle consultant Jarvis Smith in conjunction with the green magazine PQ which he founded.

The project has now won five awards: October 2013 – Brighton Argus Achievement Awards Green Project of the Year; July 2014 – 2degrees Sustainability Champions Waste & Resource Management Project of the Year, and 2degrees Sustainability Champions Building of the Year; and October 2104 – Brighton Argus Community Stars Awards Green Project of the Year.

The Waste House has also been Highly Commended for The Blueprint Awards’ Best Sustainable Project, a worldwide award, and it was a finalist for The Climate Week Awards Best Education Project in March 2014.

Duncan Baker-Brown said: “This is an amazing achievement and reflects a tremendous amount of hard work and commitment by many people, university staff and volunteers, students, The Mears Group and many contributing companies and organisations.”

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