A Vancouver designer is exploring the idea of building houses out of excess construction supplies, saving truckloads of brand-new materials from the landfill.
Callahan Tufts was a student at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design when the idea came to him during a shift at 1-800-GOT-JUNK, a recycling and disposal company.
“I see a lot of waste that goes into transfer facilities and I thought it was kind of crazy that a lot of what in my opinion was perfectly good building material, brand-new building material, was not being used,” he said.
“I thought there must be a better way.”
Tufts believes his idea, with the right industry partners, can revolutionize the way companies source materials for mobile, modular and laneway homes. It is currently illegal to live in a mobile home or tiny house in Vancouver.
Designers often work with tangible objects but they can also change entire systems and in this case, supply chains, he explained.
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