What a fabulous turn of events it is for us to find ourselves in sunny Brighton. Having travelled here after realizing that Lofty needs some TLC from someone who knows what they’re doing, a little research into the area revealed to us a veritable eco treat – Brighton has its very own Earthship! I mean, I knew Brighton had eco credentials and all, but this is just another level of awesome. >>Click to Tweet<<
For those who don’t know, Earthships are an architectural concept, turned reality, developed over many years by the great Michael Reynolds. They provide a way to build a completely self-sufficient, off-grid home, using almost entirely salvaged materials before they hit land-fill or the recycling plant.
Reynolds developed highly innovative systems for water management, temperature regulation and energy efficiency, which allow Earthship dwellers to live almost entirely free from bills, bar the obligatory phone bill and council tax.
If you would like to know more about the wonderful, pioneering work of Michael Reynolds and how his amazing Earthships really work, check out this excellent and fascinating documentary…
If you get to the end and don’t want one, then I guess we must be on different pages 😉
The Brighton Earthship is a little bit extra special, for us at least, because rather than having ‘residential’ status, it is actually a community and training centre. They run a whole load of uber cool courses such as ‘building with cob’, ‘introduction to photovoltaics’, and the one I have my eye on right now, ‘Self-building an Earthship’, to name but a few.
Roughly once a month, they hold public tour events, allowing visitors to be guided round the site while an experienced Earthship-mate explains everything you need to know about the construction and functioning of the Brighton Earthship. We went for a tour just this morning and our host was super knowledgable, being not just involved with this Earthship, but also having built her own Earthship home in Normandy, France – working alongside Michael Reynolds and his team.
If this kind of thing interests you, I highly recommend finding your way to Brighton at some point because the whole experience was incredibly inspiring.
To find out more about the Brighton Earthship and what they have on offer, click here.