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Earthship Brighton is a self-sustainable living space which is a project by the Low Carbon Trust, situated in Stanmer Park, East Sussex. The eco friendly home is an iconic building with zero waste and zero energy involved, not to mention its vast use of recycled material. Check it out and tell us what you think on our Facebook page !
What is an Earthship?
An Earthship is a type of building that is built with earth rammed tyres that are often clad with adobe. These buildings often capture rain water and can be designed to clean with the grey and black water from the building. Earthships often have solar panels to provide electricity and warm water. They often have a glass front which helps to passively heat the house, as well as grow food and provide space for the water filtration.
Earthship Brighton uses lots of low impact materials. Low impact means waste, recycled, reclaimed, timber from a sustainably managed source or local materials sourced from within 35 miles. There are other materials used in the project, but they were used because they had a particular property or quality, for example the high performance double glazing.
The basic building block of the earthship walls are used car tyres. The UK throws away over 48 million of these annually and they are now banned from landfill. The technique is simple. Roll the tyre up to the site, line it with cardboard and fill it with earth and ram the earth down with a sledge hammer until the tyre is fully inflated.
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