Waste House


8Waste House
Grand Parade Mews BN2 9RS

The Waste House was conceived by local sustainable architect, Duncan Baker Brown of BBM Sustainable Design Ltd working with founder of reuse website FREEGLE UK, Cat Fletcher. The premise was simple; ‘there is no such thing as waste: just stuff in the wrong place’. For every five houses built enough material to build another is thrown away: why not try to build a house purely out of waste?

The Waste House is built on the University of Brighton’s College of Arts and Humanities site. It was co-designed by Duncan’s undergraduate architecture students, overseen by constructors The Mears Group and built by volunteers and apprentice construction students from City College, Brighton & Hove.

Clad in old carpet tiles with walls filled with experimental insulating mixes of old cassettes, toothbrushes and wallpaper, the building is surprisingly elegant. Thermal performance is being monitored by Brighton University’s Faculty of Science & Engineering.



BUSES Any bus to Old Steine or St Peter’s Church
TRAIN Brighton (15 min walk)

ACCESS Via Grand Parade Mews, on the corner of William Street (not through the Art College main entrance on Grand Parade)

Waste House


  • + Low energy lighting
  • + Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery
  • + Reused, Recycled and upcycled materials
  • + Solar PV
  • + Zero carbon


Further information

BBM Sustainable Design Ltd


University of Brighton/Wastehouse

Case Study