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: Do a walk around your building
Step 4: Create a list of soft and hard changes
Step 5: Create an action plan
Step 6: 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 sustainability.

This 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
The life expectancy of the new facilities
Where will your contractors come from?
What about heating?
What will the environmental impact be during the building works?
Don't neglect the environment around your building
Does the latest technology offer new solutions?
Do you want to generate your own renewable energy?

Generate your own renewable energy

More churches are installing renewable energy sources.

And as the cost of technology goes down it will become a viable option for many more communities.

This is essential if we are to meet our target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050.

Find out if a church has installed renewable energy near you

The benefits of renewable energy
What can renewable energy do for your church?
Types of low and zero carbon technologies
Don't forget

Funding for renewable energy

Funding is limited but there are a number of ways for you to obtain financial support for renewables. Why not look into:

Case studies

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