One of the most important challenges facing churches today is providing sufficient comfort for the many different users of the building, from worshippers to staff to visitors. Achieving this whilst cutting our greenhouse gas emissions and conserving historic interiors creates specific technical challenges for church buildings.

We are in the course of updating our church heating guidance (as at April 2020). The guidance below is from 2012. Whilst much of it is still relevant, it was written before the current understanding of the urgency of climate action.

The Church Buildings Council have therefore developed a set of heating principles which dioceses and churches can be guided by, whilst the full document is updated. You can download the 2012 guidance and the 2020 heating principles, below. 

For examples of successful low carbon heating in churches around the country, you can click through to our 'net zero carbon case studies', including the practical use of under-pew heaters, heated pew cushions, and far infra red radiant panels heaters.      

Underfloor heating mechanism being installed Mike Peckett

A church’s heating system affects its fabric, its contents, its congregation and its mission. There is no universal solution to making a church comfortable and the key to arriving at a solution that provides reasonable comfort at a reasonable cost is to devote sufficient time and effort to understanding the particular needs of your own church.

Advice and guidance is also available on heating with renewable energy

If you are considering a new heating system it is important to talk to your DAC Secretary as early as possible.

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers maintains a register of consultants working in the heating industry. Click on the link above to visit their website.