Honey, I recycled the house1930s house is dismantled, recycled and used in construction of ecohome.
Report from – Jo Smit
Waste from the 1930s-built house that was dismantled to make way for the ecohouse comprised just two 4 cubic metre skips and two car trailers. The old house was dismantled and most of its elements have been recycled and re-used in some way in the new home. Glazed louvre blades have been made into leaded lights for the new house, while old floorboards and rafters have been used in stairs, fitted furniture and elsewhere
The ecohouse's overall recycled content includes:
- 100 per cent of timber framing
- 95 per cent plus of steel
- concrete mix (fly ash and reactive magnesium)
- 95 per cent of plasterboard
- Masonite bracing uses sawmill waste
- rainwater storage uses 100 per cent recycled polypropylene
- polyester bulk insulation.
The house, which was completed last month, is also self-sufficient in water and power and included locally sourced new materials. It has photovoltaic panels, greywater treatment plant and 71,000 litres of rainwater storage. The house was constructed using concrete floor slabs and internal block walls for thermal mass with timber and fibre cement cladding.