Step 3 - Develop Your Ideas - Net Zero Carbon


In addition to the research you should have done in Step 2 of Net Zero Carbon Pathway,  it is important to make that you have looked at the most energy efficient option and thought about sustainability - whether repairs or re-ordering, routine maintenance or if you are thinking about installing new lighting or heating.

During this step, the managing trustees need to further develop the aims and targets for the project in striving for net carbon zero.  This can either be embodied zero carbon in the construction of the building or in operational zero carbon in the energy efficiency of the building.  A zero carbon building must also be a low energy building as there are constraints on renewable energy.  A good resource of targets to strive for are found on LETI (London Energy Transformation Initiative) Climate Emergency Design Guide

Many funders are increasingly looking at this element when assessing applications.  If you have not already reviewed the the practical steps listed on Getting Your Church Building Down to Net Zero, please take the time to review before proceeding.  As well, consider these aspects when planning your project:

Decisions on Heating

  • Look at efficiency, greenness, meeting conservation requirements and how to determine the most effective heating systems depending on different uses within a church building e.g. regular use, mixed uses, heating of different spaces within a building or infrequent, irregular use. In an historic church, any system will need to be aesthetically unobtrusive.

Who else can help?

Approach your local authority and ask to speak to their Agenda 21 officer who will be able to offer advice and guidance.

The Energy Savings Trust gives ‘impartial, accurate and independent advice to communities and households on how to reduce carbon emissions, how to use water more sustainably and how to save money on energy bills’. 

Eco Church and Eco-Congregation in Scotland offers an award scheme for churches that want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth. They also offer a range of resources for reducing your carbon footprint, including a guide on Sustainable Building Projects.

Ensuring Your Project is Sustainable from Crossing the Threshold 

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