Crowdfunding campaign to power up iconic building in Brighton
PUBLISHED: 12:59 21 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:59 21 October 2015
Brighton's iconic "building of the future" is turning to people power to give it a new lease of life
The Low Carbon Trust has launched a crowdfunding campaign, ‘Earthship Brighton: Plugged into Nature’, for the vital upgrade to its energy and water systems.
Earthship Brighton is an award-winning community centre designed and built by the Low Carbon Trust in 2006. The Earthship has hosted environmental education events, practical green building courses, and community activities, for almost a decade – but now the Earthship needs urgent help to keep it running.
One of Brighton’s most recognisable buildings, the Earthship was the first of its kind to be built in England and is one of only two Earthships in the UK (the other is in Fife, Scotland).
Located in the South Downs National Park the Earthship is an off-grid eco-building designed to get all the electricity and drinking water it needs from the sun and the rain.
Earthships are innovative buildings made using waste car tyres and other recycled materials. They are not connected to mains water or mains energy. Earthships use natural systems to provide all their own utilities — solar energy for heat and power, and rain for water — and use plants, both inside and outside, to treat ‘grey water’.
Working as a demonstration site the Earthship is not a home. It illustrates how — with smart design and careful planning — the buildings we live and occupy can have a low impact on the planet whilst being both beautiful and comfortable.
The Low Carbon Trust need to raise £20,000 to bring it back to life.
The money will be used to acquire a new ultraviolet water filtration system to purify rainwater for use inside the building, purchase new batteries to store electricity generated by the solar panels,and to build a straw bale unit to securely house the new batteries.
With this new lease of life the Earthship will be able to empower community projects to use the building for their own events; run more eco-education events and natural building courses; and inspire all visitors by showing what low-carbon living looks like in practice.
The crowdfunding campaign launched on Tuesday 13 October 2015 on Buzzbnk, the UK’s first crowdfunding platform and will last for 30 days only.