Sustainable buildings

We have a presence in every community. And our buildings are invaluable tools for mission. They act as witness to our faith and as such should reflect our responsibility to care for God’s earth.

Two men installing solar panels on a church roof with a view of Brighton in the background

The first steps toward a sustainable building

If you are starting from scratch and want to improve the sustainability of your church building, then follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Understand your building
Step 2: Switch to a green tariff
Step 3: Create a list of soft and hard changes
Step 4: Create an action plan
Step 5: Tell others what you are doing and why it's important

Taking on a building project?

If you are about to do any building works, make sure you have looked at the most energy efficient options and thought about sustainabilityThis is part of good stewardship. And many funders now expect you to consider the environmental impact.

Think about:

The materials and products you use to refurbish the building
The BRE Environment Assessment Method
Heating
What will the environmental impact be during the building works?
The environment around your building

Generate your own renewable energy

As the cost of technology goes down, more and more churches are opting to install renewable energy sources. If we are going to meet the target set by General Synod to be net zero carbon emissions by 2030 then renewable energy sources are going to be a vital part of the Church’s collective action.

Find out if a church has installed renewable energy near you

Why consider renewable energy?
Types of low and zero carbon technologies
Things to remember
Funding for renewable energy

Case studies

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