Canadian construction company JD Composites has completed the construction of the first concept house from 612, 000 recycled plastic bottles - Dubbed Beach House. A unique hurricane-resistant home was erected in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, providing a clear example of how plastic waste can be effectively used.
JD Composites co-owners David Saulnier and Joel Herman have come up with the concept of a low-material, easy-to-build, durable and robust beach home.
The authors of the concept worked closely with Ontario-based Armacell, which developed the technology for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) wall panels. They made 612, 000 plastic bottles, which were first turned into small balls and then subjected to an extensive extrusion process - forcing a viscous material through a forming hole.
The resulting panels measuring 2, 43 x 2, 43 m have excellent thermal insulation, durability, are reliably protected from moisture and mold, and are very easy to assemble: the house is being built literally within a few days. It took more than 184 panels to be erected, each of which was handcrafted and cut to match the design of the house.
The Beach House is a modern family home with a simple facade and nautical interior. It is energy efficient and, very importantly, it is resistant to hurricane winds.
The interior is represented by a spacious modern kitchen, an open living room, three large bedrooms, two bathrooms, an enclosed barbecue area and a rooftop terrace. The beach house has large windows overlooking the bay.
The house is currently being tested as a prototype, which also includes a vacation rental. The total cost of construction, including the purchase of land, cost the company about US $ 373, 000.