GAMIFICATION+ sponsored tour of Earthship Brighton


On Friday 7th August we sponsored Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce’s tour of Earthship Brighton, a highly impressive and innovative project.

Earthship Brighton was the Low Carbon Trust’s first project and was the first Earthship to be built in England. The Earthship is a cutting edge “green” building, constructed using 100% recycled materials, including waste car tyres, wine bottles and gravestone off-cuts!

Earthship has been built as a working example of sustainability to encourage positive behaviour change about environmental choices we make as consumers. The tour was excellent with an engaging guide. Highlights for me were:

  • The building uses 25% of the amount of water to normal, mainly based on how it is able to re-use water for different tasks.
  • The building is completely off-grid, capturing rainwater into 20,000 lite tanks and generating electricity from solar panels and a wind turbine.
  • The ‘porch’ is really a green house.
  • That the guide highlighted easy ways for anyone to get started on the road to improved sustainability:
    • When your boiler next breaks look for a replacement biomass boiler – it may even be able to provide the heat for two buildings from one boiler.
    • Solar water heating is a quick and effective win, even in our UK climate.
    • Use waste car tyres (stuffed with chalk or other local material) as the retaining walls in your next gardening project.

I recommend a you go on a visit or tour of your nearest Earthship (over 2,000 exist worldwide):

About the author 

Pete Baikins

Pete Baikins is an international authority on gamification, a lifelong gamer, successful entrepreneur and a lecturer. As CEO of Gamification+ Ltd he mentors and trains companies world-wide on the use of gamification to solve business challenges. Gamification+ won the Board of Trade Award from the UK's Department of International Trade in January 2019.

Pete is co-host of the health gamification podcast Health Points and is also Chair of Gamification Europe, the annual conference for Gamification practitioners.

Pete is an Honorary Ambassador for GamFed (International Gamification Confederation), having previously been the Chair from 2014 to February 2019, whose aim is to spread best practices within and support the gamification industry.

After 15 years as a Lecturer on gamification and entrepreneurship at the University of Brighton he now guest lectures on Gamification at King’s College London and at ESCP Europe at post-graduate and under-graduate levels.

Over the past 20 years Pete has built and sold two businesses. One was in security software and the more recent one was a telecoms and internet connectivity business. He is also an Ambassador for Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce in the UK.

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