The ScrapHouse is a "temporary demonstration home, blitz-built using scrap and salvaged material." I looks really cool…so cool, you’d probably bid for it on ebay if you saw it. What? It’s not on ebay; it doesn’t exist anymore. But it was built so cheap, you’d think it could be listed. Buy it Now Price: under $2,000. When you think about a 1,000 square foot house, you don’t think about building one for $2,000. That’s exactly what a "rockstar team of local artists, engineers, architects, city officials, and builders" did in association with Public Architecture and ScrapHouse in SFC.
Reuse is the operative word with this architectural feat. It was built with materials collected from salvage yards, dumps, and waste piles at active construction sites. Now, materials DO tend to walk away at construction sites, but from what I understand, there was no five-finger discounting involved with this process. In all honesty, new building construction (non-LEED structures) generate tons of waste and scrap, and a lot of it can be used for a different project or purpose, depending on the necessity. Again, another ebay concept applies: "one person’s junk is another person’s treasure."
Of course, they used Energy Star appliances inside and low- to no-VOC/formaldehyde free materials in the furniture and paint, etc. The key take away point is that we need to think outside the box and get creative about using already existing materials (junk that’s in abundance) in nascent, healthy ways. That doesn’t necessarily mean you live swap-meet-style (not that that’s a bad thing), but it does mean that re-purposed, recycled stuff can be modern and swank. We just need to get creative about finding that stuff.