In the past decade the urgency of the global environmental crisis has emerged as a pressing
one which requires action, not just by governments, but by all concerned individuals and groups.
Those involved in the procurement and management of buildings are in a privileged position
to the solution through the responsible application of design and innovation.
The Church owns and manages many existing, often historic, buildings and it is becoming
clear that these make a significant contribution to our environmental impact. The installation of photovoltaic panels at
St. Silas Church in Pentonville demonstrates
how we can facilitate the desire of Church
to reduce their carbon
footprint, even when they are housed in an historic building.
However, each case must be addressed with sensitivity, being mindful of the bigger picture.
the solution is to 're-cycle' an existing building, such as our reconstruction of the
fire gutted grade 1 listed church of All Saints' at Dulwich, or to introduce enhanced
thermal insulation to a building which simply makes the best use of passive
systems of lighting and ventilation as with our work at Malling Abbey. Sometimes there is the opportunity to introduce more radical features, such as the ground
source heat pump and rainwater harvesting employed at Chelmsford Museum, which
saved 40% in power
water consumption. The examples below are projects
which we have been
which illustrate how sustainable
design features have been integrated into them.