CLPM provide Energy Consultancy for Churches and have worked with a number of church groups over the last few years.
We’ve helped advise on the best way to boost energy efficiency and introduce more sophisticated heating control mechanisms to meet the needs of our clients. We’ve also suggested suitable renewable technologies to cut running costs. We’ve worked with clients who are managing small structures such as a Friends Meeting House, right up to organisations with a more complicated variety of buildings, including Lambeth Palace.
Whatever the nature of the buildings, the issues our church clients face are often very similar. The buildings are generally old and draughty, with high, vaulted ceilings and are therefore quite difficult to heat. Often the buildings are both decorative and listed meaning there are limitations on what can be done to boost the energy efficiency of the structure through increasing the insulation or changing the windows. In addition these spaces are often used infrequently, and for limited time periods meaning they can be difficult to heat efficiently and effectively.
We are currently working with a parish in Milton Keynes to review their energy usage, and make recommendations for how they can improve the comfort of their church and cut their running costs.
Our advice always starts with a site survey where we meet with and listen to our clients, to get a detailed, personal picture of the issues they are facing. We get a thorough understanding about the way they use the building, and from this start to get an idea of the opportunities there may be for improvement. We then look and assess the fabric of the building and the heating and hot water systems that are installed, to draw together a series of recommendations.
In this instance, the church is used not only for Sunday religious services, but also by a variety of community meetings, such as parent and toddler groups, throughout week. Our recommendations are still ongoing, but involve replacing the old oil-fired heating system with an efficient modern gas boiler, together with a suitable programmable control system. We are also suggesting that the church look at how internal structural alterations, such as adding partition walls with sliding folding doors, might enable new heating zones to be created, making the space more user-friendly for smaller groups, as well as less costly to heat. Ever mindful of the limitations of money available by churches, we have also suggested that a project such as this might be of interest to a university where their architectural students could take the brief on as a project, so minimising any design costs.
Are involved in running your local parish church? If so, then why not get in touch to find out how our energy consultancy for churches could help make your church buildings more comfortable for your parishioners, as well as making them more affordable to heat.
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