Low Carbon Trust

Glass bottle wall at Earthship Brighton
Earthship Brighton conservatory
Visiting school children at Earthship Brighton
Low carbon centre Earthship Brighton

Welcome to the Low Carbon Trust and the home of Earthship Brighton.

We are a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2001 to set up, manage and promote environmental projects around the built environment.

Our objective is tackling climate change through highlighting the connection between buildings, behaviour, energy use and carbon emissions.

Our aims are to:

  • Promote low carbon buildings, policies and livelihoods in the face of climate change
  • Promote and develop models of good practice of low carbon construction
  • Initiate and support the adoption in the UK and in Europe low carbon developments as affordable buildings

We do this by running innovative sustainable construction projects, research projects, green building courses and Eco Education Days for schools.  We offer a range of low carbon consultancy services including Passivhaus design.  We also run awareness raising events and conferences such as Eco Open Houses.

We are proud to be members of the AECB, Earth Building UK, the Passivhaus Trust, the Federation of Open Home Networks and the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance.

Low Carbon Trust & Earthship Brighton

One of our first projects was building Earthship Brighton. Despite the name, the aim of this project was not to build a 'ship' in the conventional sense, but to construct a building that would be used to show how a low energy and low waste future could look.  All of our green building training and Eco Education Days for local schools are based at the earthship.

Earthship Brighton is an environmental education centre and after winning numerous awards is being showcased as one of the most progressive eco-buildings in Europe.  Our book Earthships in Europe covers the project in detail.  Also, click here for an interactive demonstration of the structure and function of Earthship Brighton.  We offer regular and private tours of Earthship Brighton.

Support a low carbon future

Please support our ongoing work in tackling climate change and realising a low energy future: