Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Earthship UK. A simpler way of living comes to England.

The concept of an ‘Earthship’ is one of complete sustainability, an independent building that is able to produce it’s own energy and clean water. Pioneered by Michael Reynolds, author and builder of self-sufficient homes the ‘Earthships’ are built using recycled materials and can be constructed without any specialist expertise. These low impact buildings have already been built in the United States and Scotland but for the first time an ‘Earthship’ is being built in Brighton, a city on the South Coast of England.

Consisting mainly of car tyres packed with soil the structure of an earthship is virtually indestructible as well as being a highly effective insulator. The interior walls are constructed with a mixture of cement, bottles and tin cans and the south-facing wall is normally glassed, all ways in which the eathships design reduces the need for heating.

The Brighton earthship is the first of it’s kind in England and was created by the Low Carbon Network, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to raise awareness about ways to reduce carbon emissions. Built in Stanmer Park it’s is completely self sustainable and is designed as an example of ways to combat both the rising carbon emissions levels and the problem of disposing with car tyres. I think that the man who had 'no place to lay his head' (Luke 9:58) would approve.

To learn more please contact the Low Carbon Network.

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