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This one-day practical workshop runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm at Earthship Brighton
What is an Earthship?
An Earthship is a low impact building that makes use of recycled materials in its construction including over 1000 car tyres. It has passive solar heating and cooling and uses only renewable technologies. All the water used is harvested from rain-water and recycled with waste water management on site.
What will the Earthship building workshop cover?
The course covers some of the practical building skills required to build an earthship using waste and natural materials. All of the techniques can be used on buildings other than earthships and in other settings.
You’ll get hands-on practical experience in ramming car tyres that make up the walls of an Earthship, clay rendering to plaster over the tyres, and making a glass bottle brick wall. Specifically the course covers:
- Ramming car tyres: all the techniques to build with car tyres, including positioning, using cardboard, tyre ramming and half-block pours. Rammed car tyres can also be used for strawbale foundations or retaining walls.
- Clay plastering: how to source and mix clay render / plaster, scratch coats and final coats, detailing. Clay plastering can also be used on many different building materials and surfaces.
- Glass bottle brick: Sizing and cutting glass bottles. Glass bottle brick walls and features can be used in any building.
This course will build on the good work of Mike Reynolds and focuses on adapting Earthships to the UK climate.
The course is designed to compliment the Self-building an Earthship in Europe virtual course.
A taste of what you’ll learn
View videos from our Self-building an Earthship course, on topics ranging from cob rendering to rainwater harvesting.
Who is the course for?
This course is open to anyone aged 16 or over. It is for anyone thinking about building their own home and anyone interested in learning about the practical techniques involved in building Earthships. It is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those who are familiar with eco-building and want to know more.
Learning methods and outcomes
Participants will learn about different earthship building techniques through practical workshops based at Earthship Brighton. Course participants who complete the course will receive a certificate, which will be sent via email after the course.
Jon Kalviac is the main tutor and leads all the practical sessions. Jon worked on Earthship Brighton, the Zwolle Earthship in Holland, the Groundhouse in Brittany as featured on Grand Designs and the Sheppey Groundhouse. Jon is an Earthship Brighton tour guide and teaches on the Building with Cob course. Jon has extensive experience with rammed tyre walls and natural materials.
Mischa Hewitt was one of the project managers of Earthship Brighton, is the author of the book Earthships in Europe, and has an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (Distinction) from the Centre for Alternative Technology. He is an Energy Consultant and has worked on many low energy and environmental building projects.
Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex)
South East England
Get directions to Stanmer Park.
This is an outdoor workshop. Please read our latest information about Covid-19 measures before booking.
If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.
Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.
Fees include tuition, handouts and refreshments.
- £175 – Sponsored/organisation rate
- £175 – Individual income more than 25k/yr
- £140 – Individual income 18-25k/yr
- £105 – Individual income less than 18k/yr
- £80 – Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility*)
* Concessionary places are limited. If places are not available check back two weeks before the course/event as more may be available then.
We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.
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