Earthship Brighton is the sustainable community centre for Stanmer Organics. This is a not-for-profit consortium representing 15 different groups operating at Stanmer Park, a 17 acre Soil Association accredited piece of land on the outskirts of Brighton. Earthship Brighton is the first project of the Low Carbon Trust, a not-for-profit co-operative company formed in 2001 to highlight the connection between buildings, the carbon emissions they produce and climate change through innovative construction projects and communications work.
Earthship Brighton, the first in England, is a beautiful structure made from recycled car tyres and sustainably sourced timber with adobe walls. We have a large glazed area which is south facing to maximise passive solar gain and solar water heating panels on the roof to provide hot water. Our electricity comes from photo-voltaics and a wind turbine and all our water is harvested from the rain. With our grey water being treated with planters and a reed-bed system for our black water, plus composting toilets, we will be able to recycle all of our human waste on site. The Earthship therefore gives us a glimpse of a luxury low carbon future - how a zero waste and zero energy society might look.
Inside the building there is a meeting room which can seat around 40 people theatre-style plus kitchen facilities and a relaxing atrium area. There is also an outside space that will increase seating capacity for events to 100. The Low Carbon Trust gives regular tours of the Earthship and we also offer training in low and zero carbon design and provide consultancy to community groups, companies and individuals all around the UK to seed and develop their own projects.
Elsewhere in Stanmer Park there are projects involved in a wide range of activities including growing organic vegetables, making stone sculptures, manufacturing compost, developing a tree nursery and growing herbs for use in holistic healing. In addition to this there are plenty of areas to simply relax and enjoy some peace and quiet.
If you are interested in visiting the Earthship, hiring our facilities, finding out about training and volunteering opportunities or developing a project of your own, please contact us through our website. If you want to find out more about other projects at Stanmer Park, please contact Stanmer Organics.
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Earthship Brighton and Low Carbon Trust
Setting up our wind turbine
Our meeting room
Atrium and waste water treatment facility