HomeBioGas, for those who haven’t heard of it, is a way of turning biodegradable waste into clean energy in the form of natural gas. Typically food scraps are fed into a digester - a large tank predominantly filled with water where anaerobic bacteria feed on the scraps and produce methane which can be used to cook on or for heating.
Below are a series of (badly paint edited) images of what the Hackspace bathroom could become. I’d like to float of the idea of integrating a HomeBioGas unit along the back wall, with some level of fake facade to disguise it’s presence, whilst designing in hinged access points to key parts of the system. HomeBioGas also sell a toilet which can flush directly into the digester and a dual hob stove for cooking on.
No hard feelings if anyone wants to shoot this down - it’s way out there as a suggestion! And there’s every chance that we might not be allowed to implement it, even if it had all the support in the world - this would all need looking into. But, having a gas supply in the space could open some doors and it would allow for somewhere better for food waste to go, than landfill. Feel free to check out the website and let me know your thoughts. I think their mid-sized unit “HBG4” would fit the kind of space we have, and with the toilet & stove comes in at around $1,700.
Before - Lockers would need to be removed.
Stage 1 - Clear the area (maybe paint the back wall) and install the BioGas system.
Stage 2 - Build wall hanging cupboards for storage.
Stage 3 - Build facade and top. Access will be required to key areas, so I envisage part of the countertop pivoting up like they do in some cafes.