‘Rubbish house’ is great says MP

Architect Duncan Baker-Brown and Caroline Lucas MP at the house

Architect Duncan Baker-Brown and Caroline Lucas MP at the house

First published in News

Rubbish should be used in more construction projects – that’s according to MP Caroline Lucas.

The Brighton Pavilion Green MP was visiting the University of Brighton’s Waste House – the first building made almost all of thrown away materials.

More than 20,000 old toothbrushes, two tonnes of denim jeans, 4,000 video cassettes, 2,000 used carpet tiles, thrown away timber, paper, plastic bags and chalk were used in the house construction.

Ms Lucas said: “The housing industry has a huge amount to catch up on. For every five houses being built enough waste is created to build one extra house. This makes absolutely no sense at all.

“The housing industry has got to get its act together.”

The MP also praised the uni for showing how waste can be reused and recycled.

She was shown round by lecturer and architect Duncan Baker-Brown.

He worked with the Mears Group and student’s reuse group FREEGLE UK to build the house on the uni’s Grand Parade campus. It will be used as a centre for school children to learn about sustainability.

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4:03pm Sun 31 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

"‘Rubbish MP’ is great, says house.
"‘Rubbish MP’ is great, says house. ok,jared
  • Score: 15

6:19pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Martha Gunn says...

Can La Lucas be recycled?
Can La Lucas be recycled? Martha Gunn
  • Score: 10

6:26pm Sun 31 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Can La Lucas be recycled?
Hopefully not.
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Can La Lucas be recycled?[/p][/quote]Hopefully not. ok,jared
  • Score: -1

7:00pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Dave in Hastings says...

I see the anti-green neanderthals got in early again on this thread.
I see the anti-green neanderthals got in early again on this thread. Dave in Hastings
  • Score: -6

7:02pm Sun 31 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

Dave in Hastings wrote:
I see the anti-green neanderthals got in early again on this thread.
Closely followed by a pro-green neanderthal.
[quote][p][bold]Dave in Hastings[/bold] wrote: I see the anti-green neanderthals got in early again on this thread.[/p][/quote]Closely followed by a pro-green neanderthal. ok,jared
  • Score: 3

7:08pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Nikski says...

ok,jared wrote:
Dave in Hastings wrote:
I see the anti-green neanderthals got in early again on this thread.
Closely followed by a pro-green neanderthal.
Well at least you didn't deny you are a neanderthal.......ha
!
[quote][p][bold]ok,jared[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave in Hastings[/bold] wrote: I see the anti-green neanderthals got in early again on this thread.[/p][/quote]Closely followed by a pro-green neanderthal.[/p][/quote]Well at least you didn't deny you are a neanderthal.......ha ! Nikski
  • Score: -1

7:10pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Nikski says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Can La Lucas be recycled?
Yup, hopefully as an Brighton Pavilion MP for another 5 years!
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Can La Lucas be recycled?[/p][/quote]Yup, hopefully as an Brighton Pavilion MP for another 5 years! Nikski
  • Score: -8

7:31pm Sun 31 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

Nikski wrote:
ok,jared wrote:
Dave in Hastings wrote:
I see the anti-green neanderthals got in early again on this thread.
Closely followed by a pro-green neanderthal.
Well at least you didn't deny you are a neanderthal.......ha

!
At no point did I consider he meant me, so there was nothing for me to deny


Shame that had to be pointed out.
[quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ok,jared[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave in Hastings[/bold] wrote: I see the anti-green neanderthals got in early again on this thread.[/p][/quote]Closely followed by a pro-green neanderthal.[/p][/quote]Well at least you didn't deny you are a neanderthal.......ha ![/p][/quote]At no point did I consider he meant me, so there was nothing for me to deny Shame that had to be pointed out. ok,jared
  • Score: -4

8:01pm Sun 31 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

How kind of Caroline to cycle all the way from Balcombe.
How kind of Caroline to cycle all the way from Balcombe. NickBrt
  • Score: 5

9:36pm Sun 31 Aug 14

HJarrs says...

NickBrt wrote:
How kind of Caroline to cycle all the way from Balcombe.
Do you think Labour's pro-fracking position will play well with the Pavilion constituents? What is your Labour view?
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: How kind of Caroline to cycle all the way from Balcombe.[/p][/quote]Do you think Labour's pro-fracking position will play well with the Pavilion constituents? What is your Labour view? HJarrs
  • Score: -5

10:30pm Sun 31 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

This topic is about rubbish houses hjarrs. Get up to date. How much carbon footprint did Lucas leave on way from Balcombe? I understand she and husband gave a lot of houses. How eco friendly are those houses or is it do ASD I say not what I do?
This topic is about rubbish houses hjarrs. Get up to date. How much carbon footprint did Lucas leave on way from Balcombe? I understand she and husband gave a lot of houses. How eco friendly are those houses or is it do ASD I say not what I do? NickBrt
  • Score: 3

11:03pm Sun 31 Aug 14

MasonStorm says...

Should have guessed that loony cow Lucas would be involved in this story.

I would love to know what she actually does as an MP. She just seems to pop up every know and then doing something illegal or stupid every couple of months and then disappears again.
Should have guessed that loony cow Lucas would be involved in this story. I would love to know what she actually does as an MP. She just seems to pop up every know and then doing something illegal or stupid every couple of months and then disappears again. MasonStorm
  • Score: 6

11:51pm Sun 31 Aug 14

brighton bluenose says...

MasonStorm wrote:
Should have guessed that loony cow Lucas would be involved in this story.

I would love to know what she actually does as an MP. She just seems to pop up every know and then doing something illegal or stupid every couple of months and then disappears again.
Talking of popping up every now and then doing something stupid - seems a bit like your tedious posts!!
[quote][p][bold]MasonStorm[/bold] wrote: Should have guessed that loony cow Lucas would be involved in this story. I would love to know what she actually does as an MP. She just seems to pop up every know and then doing something illegal or stupid every couple of months and then disappears again.[/p][/quote]Talking of popping up every now and then doing something stupid - seems a bit like your tedious posts!! brighton bluenose
  • Score: -4

8:16am Mon 1 Sep 14

leftysmellbags says...

Can we chuck her in the cement groundings - she is rubbish.
Can we chuck her in the cement groundings - she is rubbish. leftysmellbags
  • Score: 1
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