Sussex Company Donates Equipment to Waste House

Vent-Axia, the top ventilation manufacturer, announced today that it will donate equipment to aid with ventilation to the Waste House  project. The project just got underway on June 10th and the announcement was made at Brighton University where the launch party was held. Vent-Axia is based in Crawley and will be offering the first ever UK home to be made completely of rubbish a Sentinel Kinetic Plus ventilation system.

The Waste House will sit on the University of Brighton grounds and about 85% of the building will be made solely out of materials that were thrown in the rubbish. As a result, the Waste House will be able to actually hold a negative carbon footprint. It is also one of the first UK buildings to earn the honor of an ‘A’ Energy Performance Certificate.

Designed by University of Brighton lecturer and architect at BBM, Duncan Baker-Brown and built by main contractor Mears Group, the Waste House has vast local support including collaboration with the University of Brighton, the recycling organisation Freegle, Brighton and Hove City Council and City College.
An exemplum of sustainable design and zero carbon living the Waste House is made from ‘rubbish’ and discarded building materials. The cavity walls are packed with materials otherwise destined for landfill – denim, VHS tapes, audio cassettes, floppy discs, remnant wallpaper, carpet tiles etc. Meanwhile, Gatwick Airport donated over 20,000 used toothbrushes provided in Business and First Class, now packed into the Waste House wall cavities. As the structure is highly-insulated and airtight, a MVHR system was specified to provide ventilation and heating. Vent-Axia therefore donated a Sentinel Kinetic Plus and in the true spirit of the project, it is an ex-test model.

The inspiration for the Waste House was an earlier house designed for Channel Four’s Grand Designs series in 2008 by lecturer and architect Duncan Baker-Brown, working with presenter Kevin McCloud who is a supporter of the Brighton project. Mr Baker-Brown said, “The purpose of the Waste House is to show that we can re-use materials in building so re-using Vent-Axia’s second-hand MVHR system is an important part of the picture. The unit was also a significant factor in the Waste House being awarded its A-rated Energy Performance Certificate as the MVHR is highly energy efficient. The Vent-Axia people who came to install the system were so friendly and happy to demonstrate how it works making it a great learning process for the students.”

Ian Mitchell, Product Marketing Manager – New Build Residential at Vent-Axia said: “At Vent-Axia we are delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile project that will act as an exemplum for future sustainable design and construction helping build the houses of the future. As our homes become ever more air tight and thermally efficient it becomes increasingly important to ventilate effectively and efficiently to ensure good indoor air quality. This is driving the growth of MVHR systems like our highly efficient Sentinel Kinetic Plus.”

Students, apprentices, local builders and school children have all been involved with the making of the Waste House, with the ambition to train students and apprentices around emerging green industries. Similar in size to a detached house the Waste House will function as Brighton University’s sustainability learning centre.

Manufactured in the UK, Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon Sentinel Kinetic Plus MVHR offers a whole house heat recovery system combining supply and extract ventilation in one unit. Warm, moist air is extracted from ‘wet’ rooms through ducting and passed through the heat exchanger before being exhausted outside. Fresh incoming air is preheated via the integral heat exchanger which recovers up to 92% of heat energy that would otherwise be wasted. The unit’s energy saving Vent-Axia DC motors further improve efficiency and carbon reductions.

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