Historic Places of Worship and Climate Change

How can our place of worship be ready for the challenges of climate change? 

Good routine maintenance is the first step in preparedness. Small measures can help us prepare for extreme weather and should be incorporated into your annual maintenance plan, these include: 

  • Clearing gutters, hoppers and downpipes of detritus to ensure water flows away from your building. Consider increasing the capacity of any replacement rainwater goods;
  • Check and secure any roofing materials to prevent loss in high winds or water penetration from slipped slates etc; 
  • High level stonework should be inspected and checked and made good where it is found to be loose.
  • Your lightening protection should be maintained and checked for efficiency; and
  • Re-pointing in an appropriate mortar should be carried out where pointing is missing to prevent water penetrating into the building.  Defects such as damp walls and poorly fitting doors and windows can substantially reduce thermal performance. 

How can our Historic Place of Worship contribute to net zero targets?

Historic Places of Worship can make a difference and can respond to the challenges of climate change. For examples and case studies on how other churches and historic buildings are making a difference see the Historic Environment Forum's Heritage Responds web pages which includes case studies on solar arrays and energy efficient heating systems.


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